Kings XI Punjab beat Kolkata Knight Riders in the crucial match of the Indian Premier League on Monday, with the help of half-centuries from Mandeep Singh and Chris Gayle and the bowlers led by Mohammed Shami, despite losing their father three days ago Having won by eight wickets, the playoff hopes prevailed. The Punjab bowlers stunned KKR for 149 for nine. In response, Gayle’s aggressive and Mandeep’s enduring innings led to the loss of one wicket in the over.
Mandeep’s father died on Friday, but decided to play to fulfill his father’s dream. He made a gesture of kissing with moist eyes looking at the sky after completing his half-century. He remained unbeaten on 66 off 56 balls with eight fours and two sixes. Gayle scored 51 runs in 29 balls with the help of two fours and five sixes. He was dismissed on the first ball of the 19th over when the team needed just three runs to win.
No KKR bowler could put pressure on Gayle and Mandeep. Punjab lost the first wicket in the form of captain KL Rahul, who scored 28 runs in 25 balls with the help of four fours, falling victim to spinner Varun Chakraborty. Varun, the only bowler to take five wickets in a match in the current IPL season, was included in India’s T20 squad for the tour of Australia today.
After this win, Punjab has come in fourth place with 12 points from 12 matches. KKR also have the same number of points in similar matches, but are ranked fifth based on runs scored. Both have two more matches to play. Punjab captain KL Rahul won the toss and decided to bowl first which was proved by his bowlers. KKR’s three wickets fell within just 10 runs in the second over. On the second ball of the first over, Glenn Maxwell dismissed Nitish Rana (0). In the second over, Mohammed Shami gave two setbacks to KKR, which the team could not recover. Rahul Tripathi returned by catching Rahul behind the wicket on the fourth ball. Dinesh Karthik (0) was also dismissed in the same manner on the last ball of this over.
Captain Eoin Morgan and Shubman Gill then shared an 81-run partnership for the fourth wicket. This partnership was broken by Ravi Bishnoi in the tenth over when Morgan caught Ashwin in an attempt to play a big shot. He scored 40 runs in 25 balls with the help of five fours and two sixes. Sunil Narayan (six) and Kamlesh Nagerkoti (six) could not do anything amazing and were bowled by Chris Jordan and Ashwin balls respectively. KKR’s score was 113 for six in the 15th over.
Shami took the third wicket in the 19th over in the form of Gill who scored 57 off 45 balls which included three fours and four sixes. Gill caught Nicholas Pooran at deep midwicket in an attempt to play a high shot off the full-ball. For Punjab, Shami took three wickets for 35 runs, while Chris Jordan and Ravi Bishnoi got two wickets each.
Kolkata Knight Riders innings:
Shubman Gill’s Puran Bo Shami 57
Nitish Rana’s Gayle Bo Maxwell 00
Rahul Tripathi’s Lokesh Rahul Bo Shami 07
Lokesh Rahul Bo Shami of Dinesh Karthik 00
Eoin Morgan’s M. Ashwin Bo Bishnoi 40
Sunil Narayan bo jordan 06
Kamlesh Nagerkoti Bo M. Ashwin
Pat Cummins Pagbadha Bishnoi 01
Lockie Ferguson 24 not out
Varun Chakraborty bo jordan 02
Famous krishna unbeaten 00
Total: 9 for 20 overs: 149
Wicket Fall: 1–1, 2–10, 3–10, 4–91, 5–101, 6–113, 7–114, 8–136, 9–149.
Glenn Maxwell 2-0-21-1
Mohammed Shami 4-0-35-3
Arshdeep Singh 2-0-18-0
Murugan Ashwin 4-0-27-1
Chris Jordan 4-0-25-2
Ravi Bishnoi 4-1-20-2
Kings XI Punjab innings:
KL Rahul Pagbadha bo Varun 28
Mandeep Singh 66 not out
Chris Gayle’s Krishna Bo Ferguson 51
Nicholas Puran 2
Extra: Three runs
Total: 150 for two in 18.5 overs
Wicket Fall: 1-47, 2-147