IPL 2018, KKR vs KXIP: Kings XI Punjab won the toss and R Ashwin chose to bowl first at the Eden Gardens. In the team structure, KKR made no changes while KXIP brought in Ankit Rajpoot for Mohit Sharma. Chris Lynn top-scored for KKR with 74 runs from 41 balls and at one stage he looked to be on course to become the third centurion in this edition. Robin Uthappa also provided able support for the second wicket. Dinesh Karthik played a captain’s knock with 43 from 28 balls to steer KKR to a strong 191 run total. Barinder Sran and Andrew Tye both picked two wickets but Sran went for 50 runs from his four overs.
In reply, Chris Gayle and KL Rahul have given KXIP a ferocious start to take them to 73/0 after the powerplay overs. To make matters worse for KKR, Andre Russell had to limp off due to an injury. However, a rain-break forced the target to be revised to 125 runs in 13 overs. But that was hardly a cause of concern for KXIP, as they romped home with 9 wickets in hand. Gayle remained unbeaten on 62 off just 38 balls. With this win Kings XI Punjab have also climbed to the top of the points table.