Andre Russell smashed the joint fastest fifty of the season as Kolkata Knight Riders pulled off a heart-stopping one wicket win over Kings XI Punjab to jump to the top of the IPL table.. (Full Coverage| Fixtures|Points Table)
Fortunes fluctuated like a pendulum in the contest which went to the wire as Piyush Chawla (18) struck a vital six off Anureet Singh to take defending champions closer to the target of 184 and eventually they prevailed with one ball left.
KKR were gasping at 83 for 4 at one stage and the required run-rate had shot past 12 with 98 runs required from last eight overs. From there Russell and Yusuf Pathan (29) put on 53 runs from 25 balls for the fifth wicket to turn the match around. (FULL REPORT HERE)
The chase, as it happened
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The build up
Kolkata should cruise, unless the lack of pressure finally unburdens Kings XI Punjab.
They are out of contention for a play-off berth but that won’t stop them from spoiling another team’s party, Kings XI Punjab coach Sanjay Bangar said sending an alarm bell to Kolkata Knight Riders camp on the eve of their IPL encounter.
Kolkata Knight Riders’ leg-spinner Piyush Chawla says attacking the batsmen comes naturally to him and this strategy was precisely the reason for his success against Delhi Daredevils.
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