Kolkata Knight Riders 191-7 (Chris Lynn 74, Dinesh Karthik 43, Andrew Tye 2-30) lost to Kings XI Punjab 126-1 in 11.1 overs (Chris Gayle 62*, KL Rahul 60) by 9 wickets (DLS Method)
Chris Gayle continued to grow in company of KL Rahul as Kings XI Punjab outclassed Kolkata Knight Riders by nine wickets in a rain-hit IPL encounter on Saturday. While Kolkata scored 191/7 in 20 overs, KXIP had a revised target of 125 in 13 overs after rain halted play for 95 minutes.
Kings XI Punjab bulldozed their way to the top of VIVO IPL 2018 standings after they defeated the hosts Kolkata Knight Riders at the Eden Gardens in Match 18. KXIP, in pursuit of 192, were given a blazing start by their openers KL Rahul and Chris Gayle. But rain interrupted proceedings, and when play resumed after more than an hour and a half, the visitors were given a revised target of 125 in 13 overs.
Rahul and Gayle continued from where they had left off before the skies opened up; upon resumption, they added 20 runs in quick time before Rahul was dismissed for 60.
Gayle completed the job in the company of Mayank Agarwal, striking Tom Curran for a six over long on to take his team over the line. KXIP won by 9 wickets, with 1.5 overs remaining to be bowled.
A target of 192 would test most teams, not KXIP, who made lightwork of the chase. Rahul hit the first two balls of the chase for boundaries – first through fine-leg and the next one a square-drive, and KXIP were on their way. In the following over Rahul meted out the same treatment to Andre Russell, whose first two balls were dispatched to the boundary, before Gayle joined in and drove one through point.
The pair were unforgiving on almost all the KKR bowlers, and collected boundaries at regular intervals; the pair brought up the 50 of the innings in 3.4 overs, and extended their association to 116.
Earlier in the evening, Chris Lynn found his groove as he smashed 74 off 41 balls en route to his maiden half-century in this IPL to lift KKR to a challenging 191/7. Lynn stitched two crucial fifty-plus partnerships in the middle – first 72 runs from 41 balls with Robin Uthappa (34) and then 62 off 34 balls with captain Dinesh Karthik (43) – to help KKR overcome a shaky start after they were sent in to bat by Ravichandran Ashwin. At 146/3 in 15 overs KKR looked to go beyond the psychological 200 runs’ barrier but KXIP pegged back conceding just 11 runs in the last two overs.
Man of the Match: KL Rahul, for his 27-ball 60.