IPL 2018, KXIP vs KKR at Indore
Kolkata Knight Riders have defeated Kings XI Punjab by 31 runs. Much needed victory for the visitors and they will more pleased that the two points came due to an all-round performance.IPL 2018, KXIP vs KKR at Indore.
According to punjab captain Ravichandran Ashwin says I think nothing really we could have done while bowling. It was about executing the plan. It was not our day. We lost Mujeeb early. If we had batted a touch better it could have been a closer game than it was. It is a small ground, there are no excuses. One positive is that all of the games we have played have been close games.
Sunil Narine and skipper Dinesh Karthik slammed respective fifties while Andre Russell scalped three wickets as Kolkata Knight Riders beat Kings XI Punjab by 31 runs to stay alive in the ongoing edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the Holkar Stadium in Indore on Saturday.
Narine was involved in a 75-run stand for the second wicket with Robin Uthappa while Karthik, who hit five boundaries and three sixes, joined hands with Andre Russell for a 76-run fourth wicket partnership off just 31 balls.IPL 2018, KXIP vs KKR at Indore.
Chasing a mammoth target of 246 to win, Punjab openers KL Rahul and Chris Gayle got off to a flier and took the team’s score past the 50-run mark in no time. But their 57-run partnership was finally ended by Russell, who got the prized wicket of Gayle for 21.
Punjab didn’t do much wrong except perhaps their pacers not bowling too well and giving hit-me balls to rampaging Kolkata batsmen. 200 was always chaseable on this pitch with an afternoon start.
But also Ashwin and Andre Tye hit some big blows right at the end and took the team’s score over the 200-run mark. Ashwin slammed four boundaries and three huge sixes in his innings of 45 but it wasn’t meant to be as Punjab fell short by 31 runs.