IPL 2020 KKR vs KXIP: Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) defeated Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) by 8 wickets in the 46th match of the 13th season of IPL. This is Punjab’s 5th consecutive win in the season. With this, Punjab has reached the top-4 in the points table and maintains their play-off claim.
Batting first after losing the toss in the match played in Sharjah, Kolkata gave Punjab a target of 150 runs. In response, Punjab won the match by scoring 150 runs at the loss of 2 wickets in 18.5 overs. Chris Gayle made his 30th fifty in IPL whereas Mandeep Singh made his 6th of the Indian Premier League.
Gayle scored 51 runs off 25 deliveries with the help of 2 fours and 5 sixes. At the same time, Mandeep was not out after scoring 66 runs. Mandeep hits 8 fours and 2 sixes in his inning of 66 runs. Kolkata’s Varun Chakravarthy and Lockie Ferguson got one wicket each.
Punjab’s Slow Start
Captain Lokesh Rahul and Mandeep Singh started the game carefully. Both added 36 runs in the power-play. There was also a 47-run opening partnership between the two. Varun Chakraborty dismissed Rahul in the 8th over of the innings. He scored 28 runs off 25 deliveries.
Shubman’s Fifty, Kolkata Scored 149 Runs For 9 Wickets
Shubman Gill made his 7th fifty in the IPL. Gill’s score 57 runs off 45 deliveries with the help of 3 fours and 4 sixes. Apart from him, captain Eoin Morgan scored 40 and Lockie Ferguson scored 24 not out. Kolkata scored 149 for 9 wickets in 20 overs. At the same time, Mohammad Shami took 3, Ravi Bishnoi and Chris Jordan got 2-2 wickets. Glenn Maxwell and Murugan Ashwin also got 1-1 wickets.
Kolkata’s Lost 3 Wickets in The First 2 Overs
Kolkata didn’t start well today. Nitish Rana, the hero of the last match, could not even score a single run and was dismissed on the second ball of the first over. Glenn Maxwell took his wicket. In the very next over, Rahul Tripathi (7) was shown the way to the pavilion by Mohammed Shami. In the same over, Dinesh Karthik (0) was also dismissed by Shami.
Shubman Gill with captain Eoin Morgan led the team further deep in the game and play some good shots. Eoin Morgan and Shubman Gill made a much-needed partnership. There was an 81-run partnership for the fourth wicket between the two. This partnership was broken by Ravi Bishnoi. Bishnoi dismissed Morgan (40 runs), caught by Murugan Ashwin at the boundary line.
Man of The Match
Chris Gayle is adjudged the Man of the Match for his Tremendous knock of 51 off 29 deliveries with the help of 2 fours and 5 sixes at a strike rate of 117.85.
Chris Gayle’s Performance
Kolkata Knight Riders:
Shubman Gill, Nitish Rana, Rahul Tripathi, Dinesh Karthik (WK), Eoin Morgan (C), Sunil Narine, Pat Cummins, Lockie Ferguson, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Prasidh Krishna, Varun Chakravarthy
Kings XI Punjab:
KL Rahul (C/WK), Mandeep Singh, Chris Gayle, Nicholas Pooran, Glenn Maxwell, Deepak Hooda, Chris Jordan, Murugan Ashwin, Ravi Bishnoi, Mohammed Shami, Arshdeep Singh
Changes in Playing 11
Both the teams have not made any change in the winning combination of their previous match. So there is no change in playing 11 for today.