Shubman Gill’s unbeaten 65 and Chris Lynn’s 22-ball 46 helped Kolkata Knight Riders beat Kings XI Punjab in Mohali to stay in the hunt for a play-offs berth and push the hosts to the brink of elimination.
KKR now have 12 points with a game against Mumbai Indians to go, while Punjab have 10 with a match against Chennai Super Kings pending.
Punjab slipped in a couple of silent overs but Robin Uthappa took on M Ashwin for two fours and a six in the ninth over, taking the side to 90 for 1. R Ashwin got the better of Uthappa soon, but the quick start meant KKR were well on top.
Uthappa’s exit brought in Russell, but the next phase was all about Gill. The opener had slipped under the radar during Lynn’s carnage but took centrestage in the 13th over, hitting R Ashwin for two sixes and a four to get to his half-century in 36 balls, much to the joy of his parents in the crowd.
Punjab posted a focused aggregate of 183-6 with Sam Curran (55* off 24) and Nicholas Pooran (48 off 27) driving the route after Sandeep Warrier rejected the risky Chris Gayle and KL Rahul. Be that as it may, Gill and Lynn, with commitments from the rest, took KKR to a simple seven-wicket win in 18 overs.
Kolkata’s pursuit was clinical, start at the top. Chris Lynn fancied youthful Arshdeep Singh, hitting three fours and a six in his initial two overs that cost 24.
More limits took off R Ashwin and Andre Tye’s bowling, before Lynn fell in the last wad of the Power Play ineffectively trudging Tye. In any case, Lynn’s 22-ball 46 implied Punjab had hustled to 62 for 1 in the Power Play.
While Lynn, and quickly Russell, were about power, Gill played some eminent strokes to direct his side.
Russell fell for a 14-ball 24, however Gill carried on to take KKR home in the organization of his commander Dinesh Karthik.
Put in to bat, Punjab would have admired Chris Gayle and KL Rahul for fast begins in the essential amusement. That, however, wasn’t to be as Warrier rejected both with very much masked knuckle balls. Both batsmen neglected to peruse the absence of pace and played their strokes right on time to be out gotten, Punjab were 22 for 2 in the fifth over.
One of Punjab’s most concerning issues this season has been the absence of profundity in batting, and that was in genuine threat of being uncovered on the night. Notwithstanding, Pooran first and Curran later faced take them to a focused aggregate.
Pooran appeared to make the most of his advancement to No. 4. He wasn’t undeterred by the circumstance and went for his shots, interfacing neatly. Harry Gurney, Andre Russell and Piyush Chawla were scammed as Punjab hustled to 84 for 2 out of 10 overs, Pooran scoring 48 off 25 at that point.
An energized energy talk in the break later, Karthik swung to Nitish Rana, who gave the achievement when Pooran holed out to the somewhere down in the eleventh over.
There was somewhat of a break for Punjab with Mayank Agarwal falling in th 30s once more, abandoning them 111 for 4 in the fourteenth over.
However, Curran ensured Punjab would have the momentum once again. He got going slamming Sunil Narine for a six and should have been out in the same over, but Rinku Singh dropped a sitter at long-on with Curran on 17. That would cost KKR big as Curran kicked on, helping Punjab score 32 in the last two. Russell was slammed for two fours in the penultimate over, while Gurney bled 22 in the last with Curran hitting three fours and a six. As things turned out, it was nowhere close to enough.