Using on half-centuries from Chris Gayle and Mandeep Singh, Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) registered a cushty eight-wicket win over Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) on the Sharjah Cricket Stadium on Monday. Courtesy their fifth win on the trot, the KL Rahul-led aspect has moved to the top-half of the eight-team desk, displacing KKR from the fourth spot. Chasing a modest whole of 150 on a batting-friendly Sharjah monitor, KL Rahul and Mandeep Singh gave their aspect a stable begin including 47 runs for the opening wicket.
KKR’s thriller spinner Varun Chakravarthy celebrated his maiden call-up to the Indian group by trapping KL Rahul leg earlier than and giving his aspect an necessary breakthrough. After that, Gayle mixed with Mandeep Singh within the center and took the sport away from KKR, placing on an precisely 100-run stand for the second wicket.
Gayle’s aggressive method allowed Mandeep to take his time within the center and construct his innings and the Punjab batsman, who misplaced his father on final Friday, did that to perfection, scoring 66 not out off 56 balls.
Earlier, KXIP skipper KL Rahul gained the toss and, contemplating the dew consider thoughts, invited KKR to bat. Eoin Morgan’s aspect suffered a significant blow as they misplaced final match hero Nitish Rana on the second ball of the innings for a duck. He received out attempting to brush a Glenn Maxwell supply however ended up hitting it straight into the palms of Chris Gayle.
The poor begin went additional downhill as they misplaced each Rahul Tripathi and Dinesh Karthik in Mohammed Shami’s first over. After that, Shubman Gill and Morgan led KKR’s counter-attack as they completed Powerplay at 54/3.
Shubman Gill smashed 4 sixes in his 57-run knock, whereas Morgan managed solely two sixes however batted at a a lot larger strike price than his companion on the different finish. KXIP leg-spinner Ravi Bishnoi struck within the 10th over to interrupt the dangerous-looking partnership, eliminating Morgan, who had scored 40 off simply 25 balls.
After Morgan’s dismissal KXIP bowlers dominated the play and stopped the run stream, forcing the batters into committing errors. Barring Ferguson all the opposite lower-order batsmen turned sorry determine for KKR they usually have been restricted to a below-par whole of 149/9 in 20 overs.
Shami was the decide of the bowlers for KXIP as he returned with figures of three/35 in his four-over spell, whereas Chris Jordan and Ravi Bishnoi picked up two wickets apiece.
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