KKR vs KXIP SCOREBOARD
|Kolkata Knight Riders vs Kings XI Punjab (KKR vs KXIP) SCOREBOARD: KXIP innings|
|Chris Lynn||b Tye||27||17||2||2||158.82|
|Suni Narine||c Rahul b Tye||75||36||9||4||208.33|
|Robin Uthappa||c Sharma b Tye||24||17||2||1||141.17|
|Andre Russell||c Rahul b Tye||31||14||2||3||221.42|
|Dinesh Karthik||c sub (David Miller) b Sran||50||23||5||3||217.39|
|Nitish Rana||c sub (David Miller) b Sharma||11||4||1||1||275|
|Shubman Gill||not out||16||8||3||0||200|
|Javson Searles||not out||6||1||0||1||600|
|Total: 245/6 in 20 Overs|
|Mujeeb Ur Rahman||2.2||0||28||0||12|
Kings XI Punjab playing XI for today's match: Chris Gayle, Lokesh Rahul(w), Mayank Agarwal, Aaron Finch, Karun Nair, Axar Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin(c), Andrew Tye, Mohit Sharma, Barinder Sran, Mujeeb Ur Rahman
Kings XI Punjab: innings analysis after 16 overs
Gayle and K L Rahul started the chase while facing Sunil Narine in the first over. KXIP needed an extraordinary start to embark on a successful run chase. Gayle played it safe but Rahul straight away went after the bowler, hitting 2 consecutive sixes. Prasidh started the second over, and Rahul hit a first ball boundary. Prasidh made a comeback with quicker deliveries and offered just 4 more runs in the rest of the over. Javon Searles was brought into the attack in the third over. Gayle was taking his time and Rahul kept a check on the asking rate, going for boundaries at regular intervals. After warming up a bit, Gayle joined sliced the ball for a fine-leg boundary. KXIP were up to a decent start and stood at 36/0 after the first three overs.
Karthik made the fourth bowling change in the fourth over and brought Russell into the attack. Russell was struggling with a hamstring injury and didn't have pace on the ball. Gayle smashed him for a straight-drive boundary. Russell created a chance behind the wickets on the next ball but Karthik was unable to complete the catch. Russell improved his line, batsmen became more cautious and survived the over. Prasidh returned with the 5th over and Rahul cleared the fence over third man. Prasidh again made a come back a total of 8 runs came off the over. Russell began the 6th over and Gayle was on strike. Russell bowled a short delivery and the ball landed in the pavilion towards on-side without touching the ground. Other than this one instance, Gayle was struggling with the shorter deliveries. Russell created another chance and Karthik didn't make any mistakes this time. Gayle was back into the dugout. Mayank Agarwal was the next man on the crease and Russell surprised him with a bouncer. Mayank misfired and a simple catch towards on-side boundary caused his dismissal. KXIP were suddenly on the backfoot and KKR looked to be in the driving seat. KXIP finished their powerplay with 58 runs and losing 2 wickets in the process.
Karun Nair was the new man in. Searles was back into the attack. Rahul was towing the score board on his own, batting at a strike rate of over 200. He reached his fifty in the 8th over in just 22 balls. Russell, bowling the 8th over, was full of confidence after his 2 wickets and bowled some quick deliveries despite the hamstring injury. He efforts paid off and he struck again, dismissing Karun Nair, who got out while attempting a maximum straight down the ground. Aaron Finch was the next batsman to come to bat. Narine returned with the 9th over, and Rahul continued with the assault and went for 2 massive sixes. Rahul attempted another hit and the ball took an inside edge off the bat and creeped through to just dismantle the wickets. KXIP were struggling at 93/4 after 9 overs.
Axar Patel was the new batsman in. The middle-order of the KXIP was exposed and they needed some miracle to stay alive in the match. The asking rate was nearing 16.00 rpo. Kuldeep Yadav bowled the 12th over and Patel looked to accelerate and threw his wicket away. Ashwin came next to bat. Karthik continued with the spin attack and brought in Piyush Chawla into the attack. No big runs came in the over and the asking rate climbed up to 17.14 rpo. Kuldeep Yadav returned and Finch hit him for two consecutive sixes. KXIP was scoring at a decent rate of 10 runs per over, but it way below the required rate. Searles started the last over of his spell and just when Finch looked to change gears, he was dismissed while attempting a scoop shot.
Andrew Tye was the new man on the crease. KXIP were striking the ball well and were looking to hit every other ball. But the target was way out of sight by now for KXIP batsmen as the asking rate was 19 rpo at the start of the 17 over. The only thing that was left in the match for KXIP were to go as deep as possible and narrow down the margin of victory. Prasidh Krishna bowled the 18th over and didn't allow the bowlers to go for too many big shots. Russell returned to bowl the 19th over, he was halfway through his over when he started to have fresh problems with his hamstring but continued with the over. 200 came up for KXIP. Ashwin was striking the ball well and KXIP were getting close to the target but all hopes of winning the match were lost. Prasidh dismissed Tye in the last over, and Sran was next man in. Prasidh struck again and Ashwin had to depart. Mohit Sharma came in to bat and opened his account with a boundary towards off-side. Prasidh Krishna ended the match with two classic bouncers and KKR sealed the match. KKR won the match by 31 runs and got those 2 crucial points that they needed to stay alive in the tournament.
KKR vs KXIP SCOREBOARD
|Kolkata Knight Riders vs Kings XI Punjab (KKR vs KXIP) SCOREBOARD: KKR innings|
|KL Rahul||b Narine||66||29||2||7||227.58|
|Chris Gayle||c Karthik b Russell||21||17||2||1||123.52|
|Mayank Agarwal||c Searles b Russell||0||1||0||0||0|
|Karun Nair||c Prasidh Krishna b Russell||3||6||0||0||50|
|Aaron Finch||c Kuldeep Yadav b Searles||34||20||0||3||170|
|Axar Patel||c Searles b Kuldeep Yadav||19||11||2||1||172.72|
|R Ashwin||lbw b Prasidh Krishna||45||22||4||3||204.54|
|Andrew Tye||c Karthik b Prasidh Krishna||14||10||1||1||140|
|Barinder Sran||not out||1||1||0||0||100|
|Mohit Sharma||not out||4||3||1||0||133.33|
|Total: 214/8 in 20 Overs|
Kolkata Knight Riders innings update: Over by over
Kolkata Knight Riders playing XI for today's match: Chris Lynn, Sunil Narine, Robin Uthappa, Shubman Gill, Nitish Rana, Dinesh Karthik(w/c), Andre Russell, Javon Searles, Piyush Chawla, Prasidh Krishna, Kuldeep Yadav
Rahman returned with his second over, but was sent back to the dugout due to an injury, when he came in the way of a powerful shot straight down the ground, while attempting a catch. Ashwin came in to bowl the rest of the over, and was welcomed with a maximum over covers and a boundary towards mid-on. Barinder Sran was brought into the attack, and the batsmen looked to go after him, in a bid to take advantage of the remaining overs of the powerplay. Sran ended an expensive over, conceding 15 runs. Another bowling change and Ashwin brought in Andrew Tye to bowl the last over of the powerplay. Chris Lynn hit another six off the first ball of the over to put the bowler under pressure. The very next ball caused an unlucky departure of Chris Lynn. KKR lost their first wicket and Robin Uthappa was the next man in. Narine kept the scoreboard moving and KKR managed to put up a decent total of 59/1 in the first six overs.
Axar Patel started his first over of the match. Bowled a tidy over apart from a maximum off the bat of Narine. Narine looked in good touch and smacked Ashwin for consecutive boundaries who bowled the 8th over. Ashwin made a comeback and the rest of the over just added 3 runs to the scoreboard. Narine reached his fifty in the 9th over, requiring just 26 balls to achieve the feat. KKR was slowly building the momentum and stood at 93/1 after 9 overs.
The pitch was inconsistent with the pace wasn't offering much of a turn. Ashwin started the 10th over and soon felt the heat when Robin Uthappa hit him for a boundary towards deep fine-leg and a six over long-on. Ashwin was proving to be expensive and leaked 13 runs in his over. Barinder Sran returned to bowl the 11th over. Bowled a slower ball and Narine failed to read it properly and lofted it towards on side. It still landed in the stands, thanks to shorter boundaries. Narine continued the assault and hit Sran for another boundary and maximum in the same over, this time he was more in control of the shot. Sran conceded 17 runs. Andrew Tye was back into the attack. Narine wasn't sparing anyone and went past his best score with a boundary, only to get caught behind the wickets on the next ball. Narine scored 75(36) allowing KKR to build on the foundation. Andre Russell was next man in. Tye struck again, this time dismissing Robin Uthappa providing an easy catch at point. The skipper Dinesh Karthik came in to bat next. KKR stood at 130/3 after 12 overs with two new batsmen at the crease.
Axar Patel and Mohit Sharma bowled the 13th and the 14th over. Batsmen looked to stabilise the KKR innings without compromising the scoring rate. Singles coupled with regular boundaries kept the scoreboard moving at just over 10.5 rpo. Axar Patel returned to bowl the last over of his spell. Shorter boundaries proved to be an advantage for KKR, with mis-hits clearing the boundary. Russell hit two maximum in the over. KKR were quickly approaching a 200+ total. Mujeeb ur Rahman was back and Karthik welcomed him with a huge six. The injury seemed to have affected the accuracy of the young bowler and both the batsmen took full advantage of it. Rahman went for 21 runs. KKR were cruising at 190/3 after 16 overs.
Both the batsmen had settled on the crease and were scoring some quick runs. Some more power-hitting and KKR brought their 200 in the 17th over. Tye struck on the last ball of the over and Russell was sent back to the dugout. Nitish Rana came in to bat and started his innings with a maximum over long-on. KKR were clear with their strategy, score as many runs as possible on a wicket where teams chasing the target usually win the match. Only a massive total could have increased their chances at winning the match, who desperately needed a win to stay alive in the tournament. Nitish Rana went too aggressive, and threw his wicket away after playing just 4 deliveries. U-19 World Cup hero, Shubhman Gill was the next batsmen to come into bat. KKR looked to maximise and Karthik kept the scoreboard moving quickly, playing some unconventional reverse hits. He played a captain's knock and reached his fifty in the 19th over facing just 22 balls. Sran bowled the last over. He took the pace off the ball and Karthik had to depart. Javon Searles was next man on the crease. But Shubhman Gill stuck to his wicket and finished the job for KKR, hitting consecutive boundaries. Searles also made his IPL debut memorable and hit the only ball he faced for a maximum. KKR posted gigantic total of 245/6 at the end of 20 overs. Some special effort was required on the part of KXIP to chase this total.
It is not easy to recover quickly if the margin of defeat is as huge as 102 runs, but Kolkata Knight Riders do not have the luxury of slipping further against KXIP, which have one of the most formidable batting line-ups in IPL 2018.
For Kings XI Punjab, the game against Rajasthan Royals turned out to be a proverbial banana peel as they lost by 15 runs while chasing a modest target of 159. The defeat led to unverified reports of a rift between franchise co-owner Preity Zinta and Director Virender Sehwag, something that the franchise denied in an official statement. With 12 points from 10 games, KXIP are in a tricky situation. A win will take them closer to play-offs but a defeat will mean that Mumbai Indians will be breathing down their neck.
For KXIP, K L Rahul, with 471 runs from 10 games, has had a fabulous season so far while Chris Gayle (311 from 7 games) has shown an imperious form in some of the matches. However, the trouble has been the lack of contribution from other batsmen in the team. Karun Nair (243 runs in 10 games) has had a decent run so far but the biggest disappointment has been Mayank Agarwal (118 runs in 9 matches). Agarwal came into IPL 2018 after enjoying his best domestic season, where he plundered runs across formats. However, it has not translated into significant contribution.
Veteran Yuvraj Singh has been benched by the team management after scoring only 64 runs in 7 games and his replacement Manoj Tiwary has not yet set the stage on fire. In the bowling department, skipper Ravichandran Ashwin and medium-pacer Mohit Sharma add depth to the line-up. They will look to restrict KKR to a low total in the IPL match today. Also, pacers Barinder Sran and Andrew Tye, and Afghan spinner Mujeeb Ur Rahman shoulder the bulk of the responsibility. While Australian Tye has 16 wickets from eight games with an economy of 7.77, pacer Ankit Rajpoot and Mujeeb Ur Rahman have eight and 14 wickets, respectively.
On the other hand, Kolkata Knight Riders will need to put behind their humiliating loss to Mumbai and come together as a unit if they want to seal a play-off berth. KKR, who now have little room for error, were handed their biggest defeat in the league's history by Rohit Sharma's men. For the men-in-purple, openers Chris Lynn and Sunil Narine have failed to perform consistently. Skipper Dinesh Karthik has been the only consistent man with the willow, amassing 321 runs from 11 matches. Vice-captain Robin Uthappa will have to come up with an extraordinary show to help his side inch forward along with a misfiring middle order.
Kolkata Knight Riders, whose bowling unit mostly relies on spinners, leaked plenty of runs against Mumbai Indians -- Narine was the only exception. Chinaman Kuldeep Yadav has been decent with eight wickets from 11 games but he needs to dish out something special against Punjab. Leg-spinner Piyush Chawla, who was too expensive against Mumbai, conceding 44 runs, has, however, been among wickets.
Overall, Kings XI Punjab has a slightly better chance in today's IPL match, as the side has made good comebacks in the past.
Here are a few things to know before the Kolkata Knight Riders vs Kings XI Punjab (KKR vs KXIP) match to be played at Holkar Stadium in Indore, the two teams' players who could prove handy, and who has said what before the clash:
What KXIP coach Brad Hodge said before today’s IPL match: KXIP coach Brad Hodge has made no bones about his team's over reliance on openers Chris Gayle and K L Rahul though he hopes the middle order will deliver going forward in the Indian Premier League. Yes I admit that we rely heavily on Chris Gayle and KL Rahul but that is the case with almost every team. It (middle-order) has been (a concern), for sure," said Hodge after the loss against Rajasthan Royals here yesterday night. "We know that KL is in great form and when Chris Gayle fires, anything can happen."
What KKR captain Dinesh Karthik said before today’s IPL match about playoff chances: Despite twin defeats to nemesis Mumbai Indians (MI) in the space of three days, Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) skipper Dinesh Karthik feels his side still has a "great chance" of making the Indian Premier League (IPL) play-offs. KKR slipped a rung to the fifth spot after a crushing 102-run defeat to MI at the Eden Gardens here on Wednesday night, days after MI continued their dominance over the purple brigade with a 13-run triumph at home. With three more games to go, KKR now have to win all of them to ensure their safe passage to the knockout stages and not leave their fate on other teams. “I am very disappointed. But there are three games and we take one game at a time," Karthik told reporters after their humiliating loss to MI which stretched their sorry record against Rohit Sharma's side to eight straight reversals on the trot. "So if we win the games I know we have a great chance of getting to the playoffs. I believe in that and want my teammates to believe in that," Karthik said.
SRK apologises for KKR's 'lack of spirit': Superstar Shah Rukh Khan has apologised for the "lack of spirit" after his team Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) lost the match to Mumbai Indians at the ongoing Indian Premier League. Shah Rukh, who co-owns the team with actress Juhi Chawla and her spouse Jay Mehta, on Wednesday night took to Twitter to apologise to KKR fans. "Sports is about the spirit and wins/losses don't reflect that. But tonight as the 'Boss' I need to apologise to the fans for the lack of spirit," he wrote.
Not 100 per cent fit but batting remains unaffected, says Lynn: Ignored for Australia's upcoming limited-overs tours, six-hitting sensation Chris Lynn today said he may not be 100 percent fit on the field, but he is batting with "freedom" and fulfilling expectations. Troubled by a dodgy shoulder, the 28-year-old was deemed unfit and was dropped for Australia's upcoming limited-overs tours of the United Kingdom and Zimbabwe. But the Kolkata Knight Riders opener has had a successful return from injury in the Indian Premier League, scoring 277 runs at 30.77 with a strike rate of 133.81. "I was probably a little bit nervous and apprehensive early on but of late I can bat with freedom. I've showed that in the last couple of innings in small glimpses.
What Uthappa said about Sunil Narine’s bowling and batting: Kolkata Knight Riders vice-captain Robin Uthappa has praised the all-round skills of his team-mate Sunil Narine but said that the West Indian has been doing better in the bowling department this IPL 2018. "Sunil (Narine) is someone who is always enjoyed batting, someone who's always been a batsman who can bowl than a bowler. But what he bowled and what he does with his bowling skill is that his batting got overshadowed," Uthappa told reporters ahead of KKR's match against Mumbai Indians.
Brett Lee called Shivam Mavi the future of Indian bowling: Former Australian pacer Brett Lee has heaped praise on rookie Kolkata Knight Riders fast bowler Shivam Mavi, saying he is the future of Indian bowling. Mavi, who was part of the World Cup-winning U-19 team led by Prithvi Shaw, had impressed everyone with his performance. Now, he is part of the Kolkata Knight Riders in the ongoing Indian Premier League and has taken three wickets in seven games so far. "I think Mavi has got everything. His actions are beautiful and he packs himself as a fully furnished bowler. "With youngsters like Mavi, it's extremely important to play with confidence, enjoying the spirit of the game," Lee, a Star Sports Select Dugout expert, was quoted as saying in a media release. "He knows what he is doing and it looks like he really enjoys his cricket. I think Mavi for me is the future for Indian bowlers," added Lee, who in his prime troubled even top-notch batsmen with his pace.
How the two teams (KKR and KXIP) compare head to head in IPL matches played between them so far
Matches played: 22
Kings XI Punjab won: 8
Kolkata Knight Riders won: 14