Kolkata Knight Riders beat Kings 11 Punjab by 2 runs in game no 24 of Dream11 IPL played here in Abu Dabhi. By this victory, KKR climb to 3rd spot in the points table.
Man Of the Match : Dinesh Karthik
TOP PERFORMERS OF THE DAY:
KOLKATA KNIGHT RIDERS: Bat: Karthik 58(29) Gill 57(47) Bowl: P. Krishna 4-0-29-3 Narine: 4-0-28-2
KINGS 11 PUNJAB: Bat: Rahul 74(58) Mayank 56(39) Bowl: Arshdeep 4-1-25-1 Bishnoi 4-0-25-1
AS IT HAPPENED:
SHUBMAN GILL : THE ANCHOR
Batting first ,KKR didn’t hot the start they wanted. Tripathi failed to replicate his performance from the last match and was bowled by Shami for 2. Rana also got ran out for 2. Gill once again player a mature innings and anchored the innings for his team. He made 57 from 47.
KARTHIK REGAINS HIS FORM
KKR Skipper Karthik was struggling with bat so far in the tournament. Today he ended his patch and played a captain’s knock. His 29 ball 58 runs helped team to post a competitive total of 164/6.
MAYANK-RAHUL DELIVERED AGAIN
Chasing the total, both Mayank and Rahul continued their good form and rattled the bowlers for wicket though the scoring rate was below the asking rate.
DRAMATIC BATTING COLLAPSE
When both openers were batting, it seemed like a cakewalk for the Kings. Prasidh Krishna made the first breakthrough by dismissing Mayank for 58. From this wicket Punjab batsmen got out at regular intervals and found themselves behind the crossing line by 2 runs. Krishna and Narine were the stand out performers for the KKR as they picked 3 and 2 wickets respectively.
WHAT WENT WRONG FOR THE PUNJAB?
Sending Simran Singh ahead of Maxwell when asking rate was very high was prove very costly for the Punjab. Simran managed only 4 runs and took 7 balls for it that too in death overs!
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