Kolkata: Chris Gayle (62*) and KL Rahul (60) persevered their wonderful run of sort and slammed respective fifties to lead Kings XI Punjab to an enormous 9-wicket win over Kolkata Knight Riders in a rain-hit fit on the Eden Gardens in Kolkata, on Saturday.Chasing a frightening overall of 192, Punjab openers were given off to the most productive get started conceivable as they hit Kolkata bowlers to all corners off the park from the phrase pass. Each Rahul and Gayle matched each and every different shot for shot because it was once raining fours and sixes at this historical venue.
Punjab crossed the 50-run mark very quickly and whichever bowler got here onto the assault, were given hit for limitations by means of the in-form Punjab openers. After all, rain put an halt to the onslaught as the sport was once interrupted for just about an hour after Punjab reached 96/zero in 8.2 overs.
When rain in any case relented, Punjab’s goal was 29 off 28 deliveries, courtesy of the Duckworth and Lewis Machine (D/L). Gayle returned to the crease and hit Piyush Chawla for an enormous six and finished his 2d fifty of the match in taste.
Rahul too hit an enormous most to notch up his 2d fifty of the season off the bowling of Sunil Narine. However Rahul could not see his group via as he was the one Punjab batsman to be pushed aside off the bowling of Narine.
Gayle then completed the sport off in taste as he slammed his sixth most of the innings to take Punjab over the road.
Previous, a scintillating half-century from Chris Lynn and excellent cameos from Dinesh Karthik and Robin Uthappa ensured that Kolkata reached a excellent overall of 191/7 of their designated 20 overs.
KKR were given off to the worst get started conceivable as thriller spinner Mujeeb Ur Rahman pushed aside the damaging Sunil Narine (1) in the second one over of the innings itself. Robin Uthappa then joined Chris Lynn within the center and the duo began to take the assault to the KXIP bowlers.
The duo dealt in limitations for many portions in their partnership and took the house aspect over the 50-run mark very quickly. Uthappa (34) was once in any case pushed aside by means of KXIP skipper R Ashwin within the ninth over the innings after he and Lynn had placed on a partnership value 72 runs for the second one wicket.
Nitish Rana’s impetuousness were given the easier of him as he ran himself out for three and was the 3rd Kolkata batsman to be pushed aside inside of 100. That introduced skipper Dinesh Karthik at the crease and he began to deal in limitations from the phrase pass.
Lynn persevered his hard-hitting at the different finish and he notched up his fourth IPL fifty. The duo upped the ante and saved scoring the limits and at one level it gave the impression that KKR will pass over the 200-run mark very simply.
On the other hand, Lynn’s (74) dismissal introduced the curtains down this sort of hope as he was Andrew Tye’s first wicket of the day. Andre Russell (10) quickly adopted swimsuit as he was Barinder Sran’s first scalp of the day.
Karthik and Shubhman Gill added a brisk 26-run partnership for the 6th wicket however the KKR skipper needed to head again into the hut after being pushed aside by means of Sran for 43. KXIP bowlers pulled the fit just a little proper on the finish as KKR have been limited to a rating of below 200.
First Printed: April 22, 2018, 7:50 AM IST