M46 : Punjab's 5th consecutive win, defeating KKR by 8 wickets, KXIP in top-4
Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) won in the 46th match of the 13th season of IPL. On Monday night, they defeated Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) by 8 wickets in Sharjah. Punjab scored 150 runs losing 2 wickets in 18.5 overs and achieved the target of victory. This is Punjab's 5th consecutive win.
For the second wicket, the pair of Chris Gayle (51 runs, 29 balls, 2 fours, 5 sixes) and Mandeep Singh shared 100 runs to bring Punjab to the top-4 with pride. Mandeep remained unbeaten after scoring 66 runs (8 fours, 2 sixes) in 56 balls.
Kings XI Punjab team won 12 points with their sixth win. They reached the fourth position in the points table. Kolkata's team has now slipped to fifth position. This was the 12th match for both. This was Kolkata's sixth defeat. KKR also has the same number of points (12) in similar matches, but based on net run rate, they are in 5th place. Both are yet to play 2–2 matches.
Chasing a target of 150 runs, the Punjab team got the first blow on the score of 47, when captain KL Rahul (28) was lbw by Varun Chakraborty. After this, the pair of Mandeep Singh and Chris Gayle made Punjab's victory easy. Mandeep Singh hit the sixth half-century of the IPL, while Gayle hit the 30th fifty. Gayle (51) was returned by Loki Ferguson on the score of 147 just before the victory.
Mandeep's father died three days ago
Mandeep's father died on Friday, but he decided to play to fulfill his father's dream. After completing his half-century, he looked at the sky with moist eyes and kissed, he remained unbeaten on 66 runs with the help of 8 fours and 2 sixes in 56 balls.
Mandeep's bold innings, KKR's bowler battered
No KKR bowler could put pressure on Gayle and Mandeep. Punjab lost the first wicket as captain KL Rahul, who scored 28 runs with the help of 4 fours in 25 balls, became the victim of spinner Varun Chakraborty, the only bowler to take 5 wickets in a match in the current season of IPL, Varun was given a tour of Australia. Was included in India's T20 team.
Kolkata's innings stopped at 149/9
Kings XI Punjab bowlers led by Mohammed Shami put on a brilliant performance, stopping Kolkata Knight Riders for 149 runs for nine wickets. Punjab captain KL Rahul won the toss and decided to bowl first, which was proved to be right by his bowlers.
KKR's three wickets fell within just 10 runs in the second over. On the second ball of the first over, Glenn Maxwell dismissed Nitish Rana (0). In the second over, Shami gave two setbacks to KKR, due to which the team could not recover. Rahul Tripathi returned by edging to Rahul behind the wicket on the fourth ball. On the last ball of this over, Dinesh Karthik (0) was also dismissed in the same manner.
After this, captain Eoin Morgan and Shubman Gill shared 81 runs for the fourth wicket. This partnership was broken by Ravi Bishnoi in the tenth over when Morgan caught Ashwin in an attempt to play a big shot. He scored 40 runs in 25 balls with the help of five fours and two sixes.
Sunil Narine (6) and Kamlesh Nagerkoti (6) could not do anything amazing and were bowled by Chris Jordan and Ashwin balls respectively. KKR's score was 113 for six in the 15th over. Shami took the third wicket in the 19th over in the form of Gill, who scored 57 runs off 45 balls, which included three fours and four sixes.
Gill caught by Nicholas Pooran in deep mid-wicket in an attempt to play a high shot off the full-ball. For Punjab, Shami took three wickets for 35 runs, while Chris Jordan and Ravi Bishnoi got two wickets each.