IPL 2017: KKR Trapped In Spin Web As KXIP Keep Their Race To Playoff Alive
It was a game which can be divided into two halves, first one consisting of the first 26 overs of the game, where KKR were the favourites to win the game and after that it was spin show from KXIP bowlers, that slowed down opposition to keep themselves awake in the race to the next round of the league.
Once again, Sunil Narine and Chris Lynn provided an aggressive side to the team when they open the innings in the chase and again it looked like both of them are here to tumble records. The opening pair was set for a big total but a change in pace from Mohit Sharma and Narine found himself missing one, which went onto to touch the timber.
The wicket somehow had a long-term effect on the team as, despite Lynn being on one end, the team wasn’t able to keep itself buoyed as Gambhir ate up 18 deliveries to score just eight runs. Robin Uthappa, who was making a comeback from an injury, followed him the next ball and the team were in deep trouble.
It was Rahul Tetwatia who was turning the tide and finally and he finished his spell with economical figures of 4-0-18-0.
After the spell was over, KKR was 62 runs away from 36 balls.
Lynn was still there and all the hopes were on him but his run out changed the course 36 off 16. All the hopes were tamed in a matter of a minute as Yusuf Pathan, who has an image of playing just one good inning in a season failed once again, contributing just two runs.
Needing 20 runs in the last over, the KKR side failed to do the job as Sandeep Sharma spent only five runs in it to keep his team alive in the race to the playoffs.
Earlier, when asked to bat first; the home side made a total of four changes to the side. They did have a good start as Manan Vohra was smacking the ball right from the start but after putting 39 runs with Martin Guptill, Vohra once again failed to get a big one and was dismissed on 25. Guptill and Shaun Marsh were quick to follow the junior mate.
It was the time when skipper Glenn Maxwell decided up the ante and the skipper was hitting the ball hard, chasing some quick runs in hope to put a big total on the board. On the another hand, it looked like Wriddhiman Saha is still in Test cricket mode as he was taking his time. Maxwell though did not slow up and runs were coming at a time when needed the most.
Before going back on a score of 44 off just 25, Maxwell had ensured a base for the good total and finally, Punjab side finished their innings with a score of 167. Once it looked like they might not get to this total but Maxwell made the difference in the middle of the game to steer the team to a match-winning total.
Swapnil Singh’s spell changed the course of the game as KKR, for the most part of the game, was the favourites to win the game but a magical spell from Tewatia spun the game in favour of Kings XI Punjab.
Brief Score: Kings XI Punjab (Glenn Maxwell 44, Wriddhiman Saha 38; Chris Woakes 2-20) defeat Kolkata Knight Riders (Chris Lynn 84, Sunil Narine 18; Rahul Tewatia 2-18) by 14 runs in Mohali.
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