Kolkata Knight Riders defeated Kings XI Punjab by 7 wickets at PCA Stadium, Mohali just a few moments ago. It was a dominating performance by KKR bowlers to restrict the Kings XI Punjab batting line-up to 138 and the KKR batsmen completed the job in a professional manner.
- Reckless batting by Kings XI Punjab batsmen
Kolkata Knight Riders won the toss and choose to field. Manan Vohra and Murali Vijay started the innings off to cautious start scoring 21 in first 3 overs before Manan Vohra tried to clear the boundary but was caught on the boundary. After that, Vijay was dismissed playing a poor stroke. Saha, Miller also played poor strokes. Their star player Glenn Maxwell also played a reckless shot which put Kings XI Punjab team under tremendous pressure. No batsmen were able to stay on the crease and steady the innings.
- Kolkata spinners putting pressure
All KKR spinners bowled extremely well to put pressure on the Kings XI Punjab batsmen. Shakib Al Hasan was brought in the 5th over. He troubled the batsmen especially by turning the ball to Shaun Marsh. Narine was brought by Gambhir in the 7th over. He gave away 3 runs in his first over. In the next over Piyush Chawla got rid off well settled Vijay. Narine then got out Saha. Pathan also came to the party and picked the wicket of captain David Miller. In the middle overs, KKR spinners picked up wickets and also controlled the flow of runs. The KKR spinners bowled 12 overs giving away only 68 picking 4 wickets among them. Shakib Al Hasan was the only bowler not to pick any wicket but bowled well to restrict the Punjab batsmen.
- Shaun Marsh holding fort for Kings XI Punjab
Shaun Marsh came to the crease at the fall of Manan Vohra wicket. He smashed the first ball for four runs. He played sensibly and took singles. When wickets were falling at the other end Marsh steadied the innings taking singles. In the final few overs, he took the charge and created pressure on the KKR bowlers. He completed his half-century 39 balls and remained not out on 56. His innings helped Kings XI Punjab to post a below par total of 138 for 8 in 20 overs.
- Brilliant start by KKR openers
Chasing a target of 139 the KKR openers, Gambhir and Uthappa gave the team a flying start. In the first four overs, KKR scored 44 runs out of which 28 runs were from Uthappa who timed the ball. Both looked in great touch and played excellent shots which put Kings XI Punjab bowlers under a lot of pressure. Uthappa continued his great form in the match by smashing the fast bowlers and spin bowlers to all parts of the ground. Uthappa registered his fifty in 24 balls which gave the platform for KKR to win the match with ease. Uthappa was the first batsmen to be dismissed for 53. Both of them put on 82 runs in 8.3 overs. Gambhir only contributed 22 runs.
- Kings XI Punjab bowlers not up to the mark
Defending a target of 139, the Kings XI Punjab bowlers needed early wickets to put pressure on KKR batting line-up. They leaked boundaries in the first four overs. The Kings XI Punjab bowlers especially spinners Pradeep Sahu and Axar Patel were the only bowler to impress who picked 2 wickets each. The fast bowlers did not bowl good line and lengths giving away boundary balls. KKR won the match by 7 wickets with 17 balls to spare.