After beating Rising Pune Supergiants at Mohali, Kings XI were high on confidence, on the other hand, Kolkata Knight Riders had done well to win 2 out of their 3 matches.
Except the one match between Royal Challengers and Sunrisers, all the teams chasing have won the match (night games) this IPL and as a result, Gautam Gambhir had no hesitation in putting the Kings XI batsmen on the field after winning the toss.
Murali Vijay and Mana Vohra came in to bat for Kings XI and their team management was expecting them to do well as they did in the previous match. But the bowling line-up of Knight Riders had something else in mind. Morkel provided the early breakthrough by picking up Vohra and no batsman apart from Shaun Marsh really had an answer to the spinners of KKR. In all, Spinners picked up 4 wickets (2 for Narine and 1 each for Chawla and Pathan). Thanks to a 41 ball 56 from Marsh, Kings XI reached the score of 138 in 20 overs.
Coming into the chase, KKR openers have been in tremendous form this season. Gambhir and Uthappa continued their golden run and scored 65 runs in the powerplay alone. Uthappa took the attack and scored a 24 ball 50. He along with Gambhir put up an 82 run stand in 8.3 overs before Uthappa got out. But before getting out, he had ensured a comfortable win for the Knight Riders. Knight Riders batsman played carefully thereafter and sealed a 6 wicket win for the Knight Riders.
Here’s bringing to you all the important numbers and records from this match –
Best bowling unit – Knight Riders bowlers picked up 1 wicket in the powerplay in this match. Totally they have picked up 9 wickets in the powerplay. No other team has taken more than 4 wickets in IPL 2016 so far.
First to 200 – The Orange Cap holder, Gautam Gambhir became the first batsman in IPL 2016 to score 200 runs. He achieved this mark in his 4th match of the season.
Most runs in Powerplay – Kolkata Knight Riders scored 65 at a loss of no wicket in the powerplay i.e. the first 6 overs. This is the highest score so far in IPL 2016. Previous best was by Royal Challengers Bangalore against Delhi Daredevils. They scored 63 at the loss of one wicket.
Golden Pair – Opening stand of 82 runs between Gautam Gambhir and Robin Uthappa was the 8th 50 plus stand while chasing in IPL. Only another pair to do so is Chris Gayle and Virat Kohli for Royal Challengers Bangalore. Both pairs are now tied at 8 fifty plus partnership in chases.
3rd Fastest 50 – 24 ball 50 of Uthappa was not only his 3rd fastest in IPL but also the 3rd fastest 50 in IPL 2016 as well.
200th Boundary – Yusuf Pathan hit his 200th boundary in Indian Premier League.