A fine batting display by Sunil Narine and skipper Dinesh Karthik helped Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) beat Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) by 31 runs in their Indian Premier League (IPL) clash on Saturday. Punjab could only reach 214/8 in 20 overs. Both Narine and Karthik helped KKR post a mammoth total of 245/6 in their stipulated 20 overs. Chasing a huge total, KXIP got off to a decent start as both openers Lokesh Rahul and Chris Gayle hit boundaries at regular intervals. Gayle was dismissed in the 6th over for 21 runs. Rahul yet again batted extremely well to bring up another half century. His innings was laced with 7 sixes and 2 fours. Punjab skipper Ravichandran Ashwin (45) and Aaron Finch (34) tried to help their team reach the target but the total appeared to be a lot for the hosts. Andre Russell impressed with the ball for Kolkata as he took three wickets while Prasidh Krishna also bowled well taking two wickets. (SCORECARD)
Earlier, Narine (75) and Karthik (50) produced a brilliant batting performance as Kolkata post a huge total against Kings XI Punjab. KKR batsmen were on top of the game and after a cautious approach early on, both openers Chris Lynn (27) and Narine went ballistic with the bat scoring runs for fun. Narine especially was stupendous with the bat as he hammered the KXIP bowlers all over the park hitting four sixes and nine fours en route his highest IPL score. Lynn was unlucky to depart as the ball hit his body and took off the bails in the follow through. Robin Uthappa (24), Andre Russell (31) and Shubman Gill (16) chipped in with important runs and helped KKR post a huge total. Andrew Tye took four wickets but gave 41 runs in the process. All the six Punjab bowlers used went for over 10 runs per over.
IPL 2018 Highlights of Kings XI Punjab vs Kolkata Knight Riders match, straight from Holkar Cricket Stadium, Indore
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19:40 IST: Kolkata Knight Riders beat Kings XI Punjab by 31 runs
19:38 IST: OUT! Ashwin departs after 45 runs off 21 balls. Kings XI Punjab need 36 runs in 4 balls
19:36 IST: OUT! Tye departs for 14 runs. Punjab lose their 7th wicket. KXIP 2.9/7 in 19.1 overs
19:34 IST: Kings XI Punjab need 38 runs in 6 balls
19:33 IST: Impressive display by Ashwin. He has been hitting some brilliant shots. He has reached 45 runs in 20 balls.
19:32 IST: SIX! Slog from Ashwin and he manages to clear the long on fence! Fullish delivery on the stumps and Ashwin whacks it for half a dozen. Kings XI Punjab need 48 runs in 9 balls
19:28 IST: Kings XI Punjab need 56 runs in 12 balls
19:26 IST: Shortish delivery, angling in from outside off, Ashwin pulls it away to deep mid-wicket. They scamper back for the second run. KXIP 186/6 in 17.4 overs
19:25 IST: Prasidh Krishna comes into the attack.
19:23 IST: Kings XI Punjab need 65 runs in 18 balls
19:22 IST: 60 boundaries both fours and sixes included so far in this match.
19:21 IST: SIX! Bang goes the Punjab skipper R Ashwin! It is right in the slot for Ashwin and he muscles it flat over the long off fence for a six.
19:19 IST: Kings XI Punjab need 76 runs in 24 balls
19:17 IST: SIX! Tye walks out to bat and tonks one straight over the ropes! Length ball on the stumps, he goes the big shot and nonchalantly over long on fence. Uthappa runs across to his left trying to grab that but the ball sails over him.
19:14 IST: Kings XI Punjab need 90 runs in 28 balls
19:13 IST: OUT! A good catch by Kuldeep Yadav. KXIP are six down. Aaron Finch departs after 34 runs. KXIP 156/6 in 15.2 overs
19:13 IST: SIX! Finch hammers it over mid off region for a maximum. Right in the slog for him.
19:12 IST: Kings XI Punjab need 96 runs in 30 balls
19:11 IST: Terrible mix-up. Finch miscued it high up in the air and Searles and Russell both were watching each other and none of them goes for it. Bowler isn't amused with the effort in the deep! Loopy ball outside off, Finch plays a lofted drive to long off and takes a single after two West Indians mess it up.
19:11 IST: Last 13 balls for KXIP, 23 runs for the loss of no wickets.
19:08 IST: Kings XI Punjab need 106 runs in 37 balls
19:06 IST: SIX! Aaron Finch gets into the act now. They need many more of these now. A good pull over the covers. Consecutive sixes for Finch. KXIP 138/5 in 13.2 overs
19:02 IST: OUT! Kuldeep Yadav gets his man. Punjab lose their fifth wicket as Axar Patel departs for 19. KXIP 119/5 in 12 overs
19:00 IST: FOUR! Axar Patel gets his boundary as the long on fielder fails to stop it. Follows it up with a six. Kuldeep Yadav gets hammered over the long on region.
18:55 IST: FOUR! Boundary to bring up the 100 for Punjab. A punishable line and length outside off. Patel latches onto it and drills it through extra cover for a cracking boundary. KXIP 101/4 in 10 overs
18:54 IST: Bowls it from wide of the crease and lands it too straight. Finch works it in the gap on the leg side for a run. KXIP 96/4 in 9.4 overs
18:48 IST: OUT! Ckean bowled. KL Rahul departs for 66 off 29 balls. Narine gets his man. KXIP 93/4 in 9 overs
18:47 IST: SIX! Second of the over for Rahul. Poor length and its easy pickings for him.
18:46 IST: SIX! Narine won't like that. KL Rahul pummels him over long on for a six.
18:44 IST: OUT! Karun Nair departs for 3 runs. A good catch by Prasidh Krishna. Punjab lose their third wicket. KXIP 79/3 in 8 overs
18:40 IST: SIX! Colossal strike! Rahul brings up his fifty in style, his 9th Indian T20 League! Short of a length ball outside off, he backs away and upper cuts it over the third man fence for a six.
18:37 IST: SIX! KL Rahul hovers it over the bowler's head for a maximum.
18:35 IST: Short of a length ball on the stumps, Rahul goes across and swipes it away to wide long on for a single. KXIP 61/2 in 6.3 overs
18:32 IST: Russell on a hattrick. Misses on his feat here. Great iver. 7 runs, 2 wickets. KXIP 58/1 in 6 overs
18:30 IST: OUT! Back-to-back wickets for him. Mayank Agarwal mis hits the bouncer and gets caught for a duck. Simple catch for Javon Searles. KXIP 57/2 in 5.5 overs
18:29 IST: OUT! Danger man Gayle departs for 21 runs. Andre Russell gets his man. A simple catch for the keeper Dinesh Karthik. KXIP 57/1 in 5.4 overs
18:26 IST: SIX! Short and crunched by Gayle for a six. Short and right on the money for the big man. KXIP 57/2 in 5.1 overs
18:22 IST: Review taken for caught behind. Gayle awaits his fate. Original decision was not out. Replays show there was no edge. Review lost by KKR.
18:20 IST: SIX! Rahul gets into the act again. He is in ominous form. Gets underneath it and gets his six.
18:16 IST: FOUR! Gayle goes big! Russell bowls it right in his zone and Gayle gets right under it as he lofts it cleanly over the bowler's head for a boundary. KXIP 43/0 in 4 overs
18:15 IST: Kings XI Punjab 36/0 in 3 overs
18:11 IST: FOUR! Gayle slices away over third man for a a boundary.
18:10 IST: FOUR! Rahul gets its right this time. Frees his arms and hits a boundary.
18:09 IST: Javon Searles is the new bowler for KKR. Bowls a pitched up delivery to start his spell, Gayle punches it away to long on for a single.
18:05 IST: Eight runs off the over. KXIP 23/0 in 2 overs
18:03 IST: FOUR! Rahul gets his boundary. A thick edge off his bat and the bal races towards the boundary.
18:02 IST: Prasidh Krishna is the new bowler for KKR.
18:00 IST: SIX! What a shot by Rahul over the bowler's head. An effortless shot. Back-to-back sixes for Rahul. KXIP 15/0 in 1 over
17:58 IST: Chris Gayle, Lokesh Rahul open the batting for Punjab while Sunil Narine begins the proceedings with the ball for KKR.
17:43 IST: Kolkata Knight Riders 245/6 in 20 overs
17:41 IST: SIX! Searles takes it over long on for a six.
17:40 IST: FOUR! Shubman Gill hits the four in the gap. Stands deep in his crease and hammers it over mid on region. Successive boundaries for him.
17:38 IST: OUT! Dinesh Karthik departs after his brilliant 50. Change of pace by Barinder deceives him. KKR lose their 6th wicket. KKR 230/6 in 19.2 overs
17:36 IST: 50 up for Dinesh Karthik off 22 balls. His first this season.
17:35 IST: FOUR! Chris Gayle could just see the ball going past him. Shubman Gill gets his four.
17:34 IST: FOUR! Reverse sweep and Karthik gets his boundary.
17:33 IST: OUT! Nitish Rana departs for 11. Change of pace and David Miller takes an easy catch. Kolkata lose their fifth wicket. KKR 218/5 in 17.5 overs
17:30 IST: FOUR! Rana strikes it venom. Length delivery and Rana hammers it towards long on.
17:27 IST: SIX! First ball and Rana hammers it over mid on. A long 72 metres six. What a way to get off the mark.
17:26 IST: Nitish Rana is the new man in for KKR.
17:24 IST: OUT! Russell departs after a brilliant 31 runs. Easy catch by KL Rahul. KKR 205/4 in 17 overs
17:22 IST: FOUR! 200 up for KKR. They are scoring for fun now.
17:21 IST: SIX! Karthik anticipates the length and gets it right to get his six. Pulls it over the covers. Smart shot from Karthik! Short of a length ball on the off stump line from Tye, knuckle ball much slower in pace which allows Karthik to move across and get inside the line of it. He scoops it over the fine leg fence.
17:17 IST: FOUR! A top edge for Karthik brings up the 50 run partnership between these two. Another six for Karthik. This is KKR's 99th six of the tournament. Pressure straight away on the youngster. 21 runs off the 16th over. KKR 190/3 in 16 overs
17:15 IST: SIX! Mujeeb ur Rahman returns after an injury on his finger. Gets welcomed with a maximum by Karthik. Right in the slog for him.
17:13 IST: SIX! That is out of the park it seems. Axar can only look at the ball disappear. 19 runs for Kolkata. KKR 169/3 in 15 overs
17:12 IST: SIX! Russell his hitting sixes at will. Clobbers it over mid on region for a six.
17:11 IST: Slower ball on a length outside off, Karthik steps out and swipes it to deep mid-wicket. Single taken.
17:07 IST: SIX! Russell hits a maximum. Gets it clean and hits it over the long on boundary. 92 metres long six. That's brute force. Full pitch delivery right in his arc and Russell clobbers it into the stands over the long on fence.
17:04 IST: FOUR! Karthik gets his second four of the over. KKR 140/3 in 14 overs
17:01 IST: FOUR! Karthik gets off to mark with a boundary. These two need to build a partnership. Russell and Karthik are the new batsmen for KKR.
16:59 IST: OUT! Tye strikes again. Poor shot and an easy catch for Mohit Sharma. Robin Uthappa departs for 24. KKR 129/3 in 11.5 overs
16:57 IST: OUT! Narine departs after scoring his highest IPL score. A brilliant 75 off 36 balls for him. KKR 128/2 in 11.3 overs
16:55 IST: FOUR! Gets it over point region where's there is now fielder. Narine is on 75 now. His highest score in IPL.
16:54 IST: SIX! Sran gets hammered again. He goes short and Narine opens up his front leg to get his six. A good over for Kolkata. 17 runs off it. KKR 123/1 in 11 overs
16:50 IST: SIX! Slower ball by Sran and Narine gets his maximum. Back of the hand, Narine waits and pulls it over the leg side. Its a small ground and he is making the most of it. Backs it up with a four. Narine looks unstoppable. KKR 117/1 in 10.3 overs
16:47 IST: FOUR! Uthappa gets into the scoring act now. Flicks it through the leg side for a four.
16:47 IST: Strategic break. Kolkata have made superb progress after the slow start. Narine and Lynn attacked the spinners once Mujeeb left the field. Punjab did manage to get the breakthrough but they have failed to contain Narine.
16:43 IST: 11 runs off it. KKR 93/1 after 9 overs
16:41 IST: 50 up for Narine off 26 balls.
16:40 IST: FOUR! Sweetly timed by Narine. He is now on 49.
16:40 IST: KKR 82/1 in 8 overs, current run-rate: 10.25
16:38 IST: Four! Narine carves Ashwin over the covers region. Two fours on the trot for Narine.
16:34 IST: SIX! What a shot by Narine. A long long six over the bowler's head.
16:33 IST: Axar Patel is the new bowler for Punjab.
16:33 IST: Short of a length ball on the stumps and Uthappa whips it away to deep square leg for a single run. KKR 59/1 in 6 overs
16:30 IST: OUT! Unlucky for Lynn to get dismissed that ways. Clean bowled by Andrew Tye. KKR lose their first wicket. Lynn departs for 27 off 17 balls. KKR 53/1 in 5.2 overs
16:27 IST: SIX! Lynn is turning it on for KKR. Puts it away over the bowler's head.
16:26 IST: FOUR! Thick edge and the ball runs for a four. Narine gets enough bat on it. KKR 47/0 in 5 overs
16:22 IST: SIX! Lynn hits a massive one. Ball has disappeared.
16:20 IST: SIX! First six for Narine. Ashwin raps it short and Narine hammers it for a six.
16:18 IST: Mujeeb has taken a blow on his hands and needs some medical attention.
16:15 IST: Short of a length ball for Narine. He sits back and glides it to Gayle at gully. KKR 19/0 in 3 overs
16:13 IST: Narine backs away and drills a full delivery hard to cover-point. Fielder inside the circle does well to get a hand to it and palms it to his teammate at extra cover for a single. KKR 17/0 in 2.3 overs
16:11 IST: Single for Narine. Well stopped by R Ashwin.
16:10 IST: Excellent fielding by Karun nair. Saves a probable boundary. Narine gets going with a sweetly timed shot. KKR 15/0 in 2 overs
16:07 IST: Superb delivery by Rahman. Lynn punches it firmly to the man at backward point and calls for a quick single. He rushes down to the other end and just makes it avoiding a run-out.
16:06 IST: Mujeeb Ur Rahman is the new bowler for Punjab. He is on target straight away. he has been outstanding this season. Slider on the middle and leg stump line, Lynn moves across and flicks it to the mid-wicket region.
16:05 IST: A good first over for Kolkata. KKR 9/0 in 1 over
16:01 IST: FOUR! Lynn gets lucky and gets his boundary. Back-to-back inside edges gives him two fours on the trot.
16:00 IST: Chris Lynn and Sunil Narine are the two openers for Kolkata Knight Riders. Mohit Sharma begin the proceedings for hosts Kings XI Punjab with the ball.
15:45 IST: Javon Searles comes in for Tom Curran in Kolkata while Mayank Agarwal is in for Nath, Barinder Sran for Tiwary and Finch for Stoinis.
15:40 IST: Teams:
Kings XI Punjab (Playing XI): Chris Gayle, Lokesh Rahul(w), Mayank Agarwal, Aaron Finch, Karun Nair, Axar Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin(c), Andrew Tye, Mohit Sharma, Barinder Sran, Mujeeb Ur Rahman
Kolkata Knight Riders (Playing XI): Chris Lynn, Sunil Narine, Robin Uthappa, Shubman Gill, Nitish Rana, Dinesh Karthik(w/c), Andre Russell, Javon Searles, Piyush Chawla, Prasidh Krishna, Kuldeep Yadav
15:30 IST: TOSS! Kings XI Punjab captain Ravichandran Ashwin wins toss, elects to bowl vs Kolkata Knight Riders in Indore
15:18 IST: We are few moments from the toss.
15:15 IST: TRIVIA! KKR and KXIP are two of the best batting sides in the first six overs in IPL 2018 with run rates of 8.88 and 8.85 respectively.
15:00 IST: TRIVIA! KKR 14 - 8 KXIP. The two teams will play each other for the first time in Indore. KKR have a 7-5 winning record away from home against KXIP.
14:30 IST: Hello and welcome to the live match updates of the 44th match of the Indian Premier League (IPL) between Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) and Kolkata Kinght Riders.
The Punjab openers have been a major reason behind their success as the duo have handed a perfect start to their side on several occasions in this year's edition. Karun Nair has also been impressive scoring 243 runs from nine innings but veteran Yuvraj Singh, Aaron Finch and Mayank Agarwal are yet to make their presence felt in the middle-order. The trio's poor form will be a major cause of concern for the team management and it is high time for them to come out with their best. In the bowling department, skipper Ravichandran Ashwin and medium-pacer Mohit Sharma add depth to the line-up.
Also, pacers Barinder Sran and Andrew Tye, and Afghan spinner Mujeeb ur Rahman shoulder the bulk of the responsibility. While Australian Tye has 16 wickets from eight games with an economy of 7.77, pacer Ankit Rajpoot and Mujeeb Ur Rahman have eight and 14 wickets each. On the other hand, Kolkata will need to put behind their humiliating loss to Mumbai and come together as a unit if they want to seal a play-off berth.
Kolkata, who now have little room for error, were handed their biggest defeat in the league's history by Rohit Sharma's men. For the men-in-purple, openers Chris Lynn and Sunil Narine have failed to perform consistently. Skipper Dinesh Karthik has been the only consistent batsman with the willow, amassing 321 runs from 11 matches.
Vice captain Robin Uthappa will have to come up with an extraordinary show to help his side inch forward along with the misfiring middle order. Kolkata, whose bowling unit mostly relies on the spinners, leaked plenty of runs against Mumbai Indians except Narine. Chinaman Kuldeep Yadav has been decent with eight wickets from 11 games but he needs to dish out something special against Punjab.
Leg-spinner Piyush Chawla, who was too expensive against Mumbai conceding 44 runs, has however, been among the wickets. Overall, Punjab has a slightly better chance in Saturday's game as the side has made good comebacks in the past.
Kolkata Knight Riders: Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Chris Lynn, Dinesh Karthik (Captain/Wicket-keeper), Robin Uthappa, Mitchell Johnson, Piyush Chawla, Kuldeep Yadav, Shubman Gill, Ishank Jaggi, Nitish Rana, Vinay Kumar, Apoorv Wankhade, Rinku Singh, Shivam Mavi, Cameron Delport, Javon Searles, Tom Curran, Prasidh Krishna.
Kings XI Punjab: Axar Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin (Captain), Yuvraj Singh, Karun Nair, Lokesh Rahul (Wicket-keeper), Chris Gayle, David Miller, Aaron Finch, Marcus Stoinis, Mayank Agarwal, Ankit Rajpoot, Manoj Tiwary, Mohit Sharma, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Barinder Sran, Andrew Tye, Akshdeep Nath, Ben Dwarshuis, Pardeep Sahu, Mayank Dagar, Manzoor Dar.
(With IANS Inputs)