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IPL 2018: Kings XI Punjab beat Kolkata Knight Riders by 9 wickets (DLS)

IPL 2018: Kings XI Punjab beat Kolkata Knight Riders by 9 wickets (DLS)

By: Express Web Desk | Kolkata |
Updated: April 21, 2018 9:26:18 pm
IPL 2018 Live, KKR vs KXIP IPL 2018, KKR vs KXIP: Kolkata Knight Riders face Kings XI Punjab at the Eden Gardens.

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.

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IPL 2018, KKR vs KXIP: As it happened

20:31 (IST)21 Apr 2018
ALL OVER! KXIP beat KKR by 9 wickets (DLS)

Chris Gayle finishes it off in style with another huge six. Lenth ball by Curran, Gayle mistimes it but it still lands over the boundary. Gayle remains unbeaten on 62 off just 38 balls.  Kings XI Punjab win by nine wickets, courtesy of DLS method and they have also climbed to the top of the points table.

20:21 (IST)21 Apr 2018
OUT!

One shot too many for KL Rahul. Short ball by Narine, Rahul goes for the pull but finds a top edge and Curran grabs it comfortably. First blood for KKR.

20:20 (IST)21 Apr 2018
FIFTY for KL Rahul

Sunil Narine begins his over and is slammed for a six over mid-wicket by KL Rahul. KXIP want to finish this in a jiffy.  With this KL Rahul brings up his 50 in just 24 balls.

20:17 (IST)21 Apr 2018
SIX!

And live action begins with a six. Piyush Chawla bowls a low full toss and Gayle dispatches it over the fence and seems in a hurry now.  Also brings up his 23rd IPL fifty

20:08 (IST)21 Apr 2018
KXIP need 125 in 13 overs

As per the latest updates match will resume at 8:15 PM. It will be a 13-over game where KXIP need 125 to win the contest. Thus, Kings XI Punjab need 29 runs in 28 balls.

20:03 (IST)21 Apr 2018
Latest Update
19:51 (IST)21 Apr 2018
Wait continues

As we wait for play to resume in Kolkata, things are about to get started in Bengaluru. You can follow all the action there with our live blog

19:38 (IST)21 Apr 2018
Good news!

It has stopped raining in Kolkata. The drainage system at the Eden Gardens is one of the best in the world and we've seen numerous examples of that already in the past. Once again, a fantastic job by the groundsmen to work tireless to get the field ready after puddles had emerged 

19:07 (IST)21 Apr 2018
Spot on, Pommie!
19:05 (IST)21 Apr 2018
Way to rub salt on wounds!
18:59 (IST)21 Apr 2018
Rain update

The situation doesn't look promising in Kolkata. May have been the last of what we get to see from the Eden Gardens. A six to end the game, so Chris Gayle. 

18:51 (IST)21 Apr 2018
RAIN INTERRUPTS PLAY

With that Gayle six, the covers come on and the players go off the field of play. Had started as a drizzle and picked up now. Players make their way indoors. Entire ground has been covered properly. KXIP are well ahead on the DLS par score, which is 65 at this stage. May just be a passing shower... we hope!

18:46 (IST)21 Apr 2018
GAYLEBURST!
18:42 (IST)21 Apr 2018
SIX!!

WHAT A BIG SIX THAT IS! Piyush Chawla pitches this one up and Chris Gayle smacks it over the boundary rope and into the stands. That was in the air for a long, long time. Some hit that. KXIP are up to 96/0 after 8.2 overs and with that the covers come on

18:35 (IST)21 Apr 2018
Weather update

All of a sudden, there is a strong wind blowing across Eden Gardens. There were no chances of showers in Kolkata. Will unpredictable weather strike?

18:30 (IST)21 Apr 2018
FOUR! FOUR!

Near replicas of shots by KL Rahul. Piyush Chawla with ball veering on the leg stump and the short ball is sent past the short fine leg fielder. Next ball, a repeat. After powerplay overs, KXIP are 73/0

18:22 (IST)21 Apr 2018
Andre Russell goes off

Andre Russell triees to bowl the final ball of the over but he's unable to do so. Looks to be in a lot of pain and has gone off the field of play. Looks like a long term injury. Not good news for KKR

18:20 (IST)21 Apr 2018
FOUR! SIX!

Fourth delivery of the over, slower one by Russell and Gayle reads it till the end and smacks it into the off side for a comfortable boundary. Follows it up with a six. Russell falls on his follow through and is clutching his knee or hamstring. Gayle creates room on the off side and upper cuts it away for a six. 

18:18 (IST)21 Apr 2018
SIX!

Consecutive sixes for KXIP as we enter the fourth over. Andre Russell is back into the action and Chris Gayle once again makes the most of a poor length. Bowled full and Gayle sends it comfortable into the crowd over the long on region

18:17 (IST)21 Apr 2018
FOUR! FOUR! SIX!

After a decent first over, Shivam Mavi is thrashed aside by Chris Gayle for twin boundaries before KL Rahul smacks him for a six. Short of length, KL Rahul is quick to latch on and sends it soaring into the stands

KXIP's Chris Gayle Chris Gayle will once again look to turn up the heat. (Source: PTI)

Chris Gayle will take centre stage when Kings XI Punjab travel to Eden Gardens to face Kolkata Knight Riders. He is in great touch and poses a real threat to KKR's bowling attack. In just two innings, he has scored 167 runs to stand fourth in the IPL leading run-getters list. Further, he has a fantastic record against his former team having scored 532 runs against them in 13 innings at an average of nearly 50 and a strike rate of 152.43. Over on the other side, Kolkata Knight Riders have more of a composite attack in the form of Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Nitish Rana and Dinesh Karthik all with the ability to chip in when required. Axar Patel is a question mark as he recovers from a left thigh strain which puts Barinder Sran in contention.

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