Kolkata Knight Riders‘ young batsman Shubman Gill showed maturity playing a match-winning knock to guide his team to a seven-wicket win over Kings XI Punjab at the PCA IS Bindra Stadium in Mohali. With this win, Kolkata have kept their hopes alive in the tournament.
In pursuit of 184 runs, Kolkata Knight Riders were always in line for the chase. Chris Lynn went berserk up top and Kings XI Punjab’s nerves showed – particularly young Arshdeep Singh who was thrown under the bus, facing a rampant from Lynn. Robin Uthappa and Andre Russell played impressive knocks in the middle, with Shubman Gill holding the fort at one end. He showed maturity beyond his years and composing a half-century up top. Dinesh Karthik then entered the arena to finish things off in signature style overhauling the target set by Punjab.
Yuvraj hails young Gill
Gill remained unbeaten on 65 runs from 49 deliveries including five boundaries and two sixes. Meanwhile, it was Gill’s maturity to pace the innings that grabbed everybody’s eyeballs. Shubman Gill stood tall from one end to bat till the end to take his team home. Gill’s matured knock earned praise from all as Yuvraj Singh – Gill’s statemate and senior India cricketer took to Twitter to praise the young batsman.
Yuvraj praised Shubman Gill saying that it is nice to see a young batter learning quickly and coming up the ranks. He also added that it is a great sign for Indian cricket and credited IPL for creating this pool of cricketers.
“Liked the way @RealShubmanGill is batting with maturity! Great to see a young gun learning quickly ,great signs for Indian cricket in the coming years , I guess credit to @ipl for creating opportunities for young talent @StarSportsIndia,” Yuvraj Singh tweeted.
Liked the way @RealShubmanGill is batting with maturity! Great to see a young gun learning quickly ,great signs for Indian cricket in the coming years , I guess credit to @ipl for creating opportunities for young talent @StarSportsIndia
— Yuvraj Singh (@YUVSTRONG12) May 3, 2019
Previously, Sam Curran and Nicholas Pooran powered Kings XI Punjab to 184. Curran remained unbeaten on 55 runs from just 24 balls while Pooran chipped in with 48 runs from 27 deliveries to set up a good target. The Kolkata Knight Riders bowlers and fielders were sloppy on the field, and skipper Dinesh Karthik looked animated.