#KKR registered their highest total in the #IPL2018 season against #KXIP.
It was the batting cameos which led to a good win for KKR – Kolkata Knight Riders against KXIP – Kings XI Punjab yesterday at Indore.
After losing two matches on the trot Kolkata Knight Riders batted well as each of their batters contributed in this game.
Sunil Narine, Andre Russell and skipper Dinesh Karthik were the main contributors for KKR yesterday.
Sunil Narine and Chris Lynn gave KKR a good start after KXIP opted to bowl first in this match.
Their bowlers struggled to make an early break throughs, Axar Patel, Mohit Sharma and Barinder Scran were expensive in the first six overs.
But KXIP were lucky that Lynn got dismissed early after a decent score put on the board.
Lynn was out to Andrew Tye, Lynn went to play the pull short but the ball deflected the pads and it went to thrash the stumps.
Lynn was lucky at the start but his luck didn’t support him this time. He was the first one to go from the KKR camp, he was out after scoring 27 runs.
After the decent start, Narine continued blasting the KXIP bowlers, as he had Robin Uthappa with him at the crease.
Narine and Uthappa continued from where Lynn left. They added 75 runs which made KXIP look miserable in front this batting duo.
It was a power packed strokes from Narine and from Uthappa.
Narine reached his third half century in the IPL and first one of this season he continued to pile on the misery against KXIP.
Uthappa also didn’t shy from this; he got set to make a big score. KKR were setting the target of above the 200 run mark.
But just then Andrew Tye struck again; he dismissed Sunil Narine after reaching his highest IPL score. He was out for well made 75 runs.
Narine was out to a short delivery which tried to pull but ended up giving a simple catch to KL Rahul behind the stumps.
In the same over after two balls, Tye struck once more, he dismissed well set Robin Uthappa.
Uthappa got deceived by the slower delivery, he reached out for that delivery but he ended slicing up straight to Mohit Sharma at the backward point region. Robin Hood was out after scoring 24 runs.
Then the KKR innings was taken care from Rusell and skipper Karthik.
Russell was promoted up the order to increase the scoring rate and DK too pushed himself up for this good cause.
DK and Russell continued smoking the balls out of the small Indore stadium.
There was no respite for the KXIP bowlers, as all the bowlers were expensive and they bowled with wrong line and length to the KKR batsmen.
Russell and Karthik added another 76 runs, but these 76 runs came in just 31 balls.
These two went about their job very nicely, but Russell’s cameo was ended soon. He wasn’t there till the end.
Andre Russell was picked up by Andrew Tye again, Tye picked up his fourth wicket.
Russell was dismissed on a seam up, back of a length delivery, which he went to high but he miscued it. He was caught by Rahul who took a good catch. Andree Russell was dismissed on 31 runs.
After this priced wicket, KKR lost two main batters in quick succession.
Nitish Rana was out after facing just 4 balls but he did his job. He played a little cameo which was required for KKR. Rana was dismissed by Mohit Sharma for 11 runs.
Then skipper Dinesh Karthik was also out after he reached his 15th IPL fifty, his first one of this season.
DK was the last man to be dismissed in the last over. He was picked up by Barinder Sran for 50 runs of just 23 balls.
Kolkata Knight Riders reached the highest total of IPL 2018. KKR scored 245 in their allotted 20 overs.
For Kings XI, it was disappointing performance with the ball. Ashwin needed to pick up wickets otherwise KXIP will keep conceding runs like these.
Only Andrew Tye has impressed one and all, the purple cap holder picked up 4 wickets to his name today also.
With Tye, Barsinder Sran and Mohit Sharma picked up 1 wicket each.
Chasing the whopping target of 246 runs, KL Rahul and Chris Gayle started off decently.
KL Rahul impressed again with his classy battin, he has been amazing in this season of the Vivo IPL.
Rahul and Gayle added 57 runs for the opening wicket.
Gayle played a good supporting role in this match; it was Rahul who did the bulk of the scoring.
But Gayle didn’t play a long hand, he was dismissed after giving a decent start.
Andree Russell picked up his Windies mate, Gayle got an top edge of the short delivery and he was caught behind by DK. Gayle’s hand ended on 21 runs.
After this wicket, Russell struck twice. He dismissed Mayank Agarwal and Karun Nair for low score.
Aaron Finch batted for some time with KL Rahul but Rahul also couldn’t stay for long.
Rahul was clean bowled by Narine, it was carom ball which Rahul went to play the seep shot but he got the inside edge and he was clean bowled for 66 runs.
Then the KXIP innings never got recovered because of good bowling from KKR.
Ravi Chandran Ashwin and Aaron Finch fought hard but that was not enough to chase this mammoth score.
Ashwin and Finch made some good contributions which allowed them to stay in the chase.
KXIP made a big blunder by dropping a good all rounder like Marcus Stoinis, he could have taken the team home. His all round skills may have been a good help to the team.
But that was not the case, the middle order of the KXIP is still struggling to make a mark.
Axar Patel and Andrew Tye didn’t bat that well. They were out soon.
As KXIP fought for some overs because of Ashwin and Finch, Skipper Ashwin scored valuable 45 runs and Finch scored 34 runs.
KXIP reached the 20 over mark but they fell 31 runs short of the target.
Kings XI scored 214 runs and lost the match to brilliant KKR boys.
Kolkata Knight Riders won the match by 31 runs.
The KKR bowlers didn’t started off that well but they made a good comeback and removed the KXIP batters quickly.
Andree Russell picked up 3 wickets, Parsidh Krishna picked up 2 and with them Sunil Narine, Kuldeep Yadav and Javon Searless picked up 1 wicket each.
Sunil Narine was awarded the man of the match for his brilliant all round performance.