A fine innings of 65 off 49 balls from young Shubman Gill enabled KKR to beat Kings XI Punjab by three wickets and keep their IPL 2019 campaign alive while Sam Curran’s blitz of 55 runs off 24 balls vent in vain as with this loss Punjab have been knocked out from the race to play-offs.
Batting first, Punjab had a poor start as their famed opening duo of KL Rahul and Chris Gayle failed to make an impact. Sandeep Warrier dismissed both of them with smart bowling in successive overs. He surprised Gayle with a short delivery and outfoxed Rahul with a slower one.
But then Nicolas Pooran and Mayank Agarwal steadied the ship by adding 69 runs for the third wicket. But again KKR struck back first by removing Pooran and then by dismissing Agarwal.
Gurney removed Mandeep Singh (25 off 17 balls) in the 18th over as it seemed KXIP might end at a below par score but Sam Curran smashed 55 off 24 balls to propel KXIP’s score to 183 runs.
KKR opened the innings with Shumban Gill and Chris Lynn and the youngster repaid the faith by scoring 62 runs for the first wicket. Lynn hammered 46 runs off 22 balls but was caught and bowled by Andrew Tye in the 6th over.
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Uthappa then guided KKR’s ship in the middle order with a composed 22 off 14 balls while Andre Russell delivered some fireworks during his 24 off 14 balls. Skipper Dinesh Karthik slammed 21 off just nine balls to offer finishing touches and also kept KKR alive in the IPL 2019.
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From the other end, Shubman Gill neutralized Punjab’s bowling with his class and style. He remained not-out on 65 off 49 balls and kept one end secured. He scored five fours and two sixes during his high-quality innings.