Published: Sat, May 12, 2018
Research | By Raquel Erickson

KKR score 80 runs behind the wicket

KKR score 80 runs behind the wicket

Narine drove the 20th ball hard and flat, back to Mujeeb, who ended up going off the field with an injured bowling hand.

Kings XI Punjab, briefly promised for an exhilarating chase, but once Chris Gayle (21 off 17 balls) departed in the sixth over against Andre Russell, their quest for the mammoth target died a natural death. Rahul did that; he smashed Narine for two sixes in the first over and got going immediately, but wickets tumbled at the other end. Lynn looked in great hitting touch, but his threat was cut short when Andrew Tye somehow found the stumps after the ball ricocheted off Lynn's body.

For Punjab, Mayank Agarwal, Aaron Finch and Barinder Sran have returned, meaning Akashdeep Nath, Marcus Stoinis and Manoj Tiwary have been dropped.

KKR boasted far more depth, and nearly all their batsmen fired after they were sent in on a 45-degree Indore afternoon.

Scooping short balls over his shoulder and reverse-slapping good-length balls between backward point and short third man, Karthik scored his first half-century of the season, getting there in 22 balls. The openers of the team Chris Lynn and Sunil Narine brought a partnership of 53 runs.

Kings XI Punjab now occupy the third spot and victory in next couple of games, will see them make it to the play-offs. However, Purple Cap holder Andrew Tye bowled Lynn against the run of play to breathe some life into the Punjab camp.

Earlier, Ashwin won the toss and elected to field against the Knight Riders in a crunch encounter. His smart economy-rate for the tournament has shot up to 8.39, high for a specialist bowler, after he got taken for 36 runs in 2.4 overs against Kolkata Knight Riders. In the spin department Sunil Narine, Kuldeep Yadav and Piyush Chawla will have to contain the run flow in the middle overs. In middle order Robin Uthappa, skipper Dinesh Karthik and Nitish Rana will have to chip in with runs.

The match is scheduled to begin at 4:00 PM IST.

Kolkata produced a superlative batting performance as they comfortably beat Punjab by 31 runs to stay in contention for a play-off berth in the T20 2018 cricket match, in Indore on Saturday.

There are four games left for them, and they somehow need to win minimum two out of them to ensure their qualification into the playoffs.

With Star India now acquiring the media rights from Sony Pictures Network India for the upcoming season, the matches will be telecast on various Star Sports channels.

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