Narine, Krishna turned KXIP hopes to nightmare

Sunil Narine and Prasidh Krishna combined together from the 15th over to snatch victory from the jaws of the defeat. They pulled off a miracle-win and handed KXIP their 6th loss of the season to not but almost ended their hopes for the season.

In the 24th match of IPL 2020, Kings XI Punjab and Kolkata Knight Riders teams combined together in Abu Dhabi. Once again KXIP were in control of the match for the most of the time, once again their openers performed, and once again they lost the match. After an unbeaten opening-wicket partnership of 115 runs while chasing 164, they end up losing the match by two runs.

Kolkata Knight Riders innings – Shubman Gill and Dinesh Karthik 50s

Kolkata Knight Riders didn’t have the best of the starts. They lost the last-match performer and man of the match award winner, Rahul Tripathi in the 3rd over followed the run out of Nitish Rana in the next over. Thus, bringing Eoin Morgan early on the crease.

Morgan also didn’t help the cause much. The score was mere 63 runs in 10.4 overs when Morgan departed. Shubman Gill and captain Dinesh Karthik to take the KKR ship to the final flurry. Their 82-run partnership helped KKR finished with a score of 164 in the end. Thus scoring 101 runs in the final half of the innings.

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Shubman Gill and DInesh Karthik scored 50s

Both Gill and Karthik brought up their fifties. It was Gill’s 2nd fifty of the tournament while Karthik’s 1st.

As the team was looking for a below-par score, Karthik lifted their spirits and led them to a fighting total of 164 on a difficult pitch.

Bowling department was good. There were three run outs in the innings. Mohammed Shami, Arshdeep Singh, and Ravi Bishnoi were impressive and economical. They all picked up one wicket each.

Kings XI Punjab innings – Narine and Krishna turn tables for KXIP

Kings XI Punjab, coming into the match needed to win it to fancy their chances to the playoffs. Their opening combination that had contributed so much so far in this tournament, once again started their innings very well. Despite the need of Chris Gayle, the team opted to go with the in-form openers.

KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal scored 115 runs for the opening wicket, leaving less work for the others to come. Agarwal was the first to go in the 15th over after scoring 56 runs. The remaining batsmen needed to score 50 off 34 balls.

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KL Rahul had no answer in the end why his team lost

Nicholas Pooran, who struck a lightning 77 in the last match, was the new man. He along with Rahul further added 29 runs to leave the score of 21 runs of 17 balls. KXIP needed 21 runs off 17 balls with nine wickets in hand. Certainly, you can’t lose from that position but KXIP did.

After the departure of Pooran, KXIP opted to send Prabhisimran Singh instead of Glenn Maxwell and the gamble didn’t pay off. The dot balls and almost no-scoring created the unwanted pressure. In the process, they also lost their captain for 74 runs and all of a sudden there were two new batsmen on the crease.

Somehow, they managed to score only 7 runs in 11 balls to leave 14 runs in the final over of Sunil Narine with two new batsmen who hadn’t faced a ball on strike. Glenn Maxwell, is having a terrible tournament, scored 6 runs of first three balls. The situation; 7 runs required of the last ball. A 6 for a super over.

Narine went on the safe side bowling a quick Yorker outside-off and Maxwell sliced and it landed inches short of the boundary. And KXIP ended up losing by two runs. The mastery of Sunil Narine once again defied KXIP from their second win.

There was nothing much for the bowlers for the first 14 overs but they were economical. Prasidh Krishna ignited the carnage with the wicket of Agarwal and the mystery-bowler wrapped up the win for KKR. Krishna ended up with the figures of 29/3 while Narine took two wickets for 28 runs.

Dinesh Karthik, for his 58 runs off 29 balls with a strike-rate of 200, awarded the man of the match award.

Man of the Match: Dinesh Karthik

Result: Kolkata Knight Riders win by 2 runs

Points: Kolkata Knight Riders 2, Kings XI Punjab 0