With Andre Russell scripted an all-around impressive performance, Kolkata Knight Riders successfully defended a mammoth target of 219 runs to record their second win of the season as they had defeated SRH on Sunday.
* As it Happened:
Kings XI Punjab captain R.Ashwin won the toss and elected to field first. KKR kicks off to a flier of a start, where opener Sunil Narine smashed 24 runs in the mystery spinner Varun Chakravarthy first over making it one of the worst start for an IPL debutant. However, Both the openers were dismissed soon after making an explosive start, Narine(24), Lynn(10).
Despite all that sparkling start, it was the middle over the trio of Nitish Rana, Robbie Uthappa and in-form Andre Russell who gathered the momentum to power the home side to a strong total. The pair of Robbie Uthappa and Nitish Rana put up 110 runs for the fourth wicket with Rana stood out once again with smashing 63 of 34 balls( 7 sixes).
None of that, however, would have happened as big west indies all-rounder was dismissed by Mohammed Shami with the perfect yorker at 3 runs, but that delivery turned out to be a no-ball due to three fielders being inside the inner circle. From then Russell went on to score 48 runs in just 17 balls and KKR posted a mammoth total of 218/4.
In the second innings- Kl Rahul who vowed to be more disciplined with the World Cup in mind got dismissed for 1 in the second over of the innings. Chris Gayle than got the Punjab chase off to a good start but just as he started to look, he was dismissed by his fellow west-indies team member Andre Russell. Sarfaraz too who looked in good touch fell to Russell in his next over.
Then, Mayank Agarwal and David Miller put up a partnership of 74 runs for the fifth wicket and kept Punjab’s hope alive. But the target proved to be too much and while Miller and Agarwal both scored half-centuries, KXIP ended up with 190 for 4 in their 20 overs, leaving too many runs at the end just to fell short.
It was an ordinary bowling performance from KXIP. R Ashwin leaked 47 runs off his 4 overs while Mohammed Shami went for 25 runs off his last over and finished with 1 for 44 off 4 overs.
* Best Batting Performance:
For KKR: It might be a bit unfair for Robbie Uthappa(67*) and Nitish Rana(63) as Russell who scored 48 of just 17 balls managed to upstage the classy innings. However, all the three batsmen provided the best performance as Rana built up the momentum, Robbie provided an act of support and Russell finish the game by demoralizing KXIP bowlers.
For KXIP: David Miller and Mayank Agarwal showed a great temper while chasing.
* Best Bowling Performance:
In the match were every bowler disappeared into the stands, it was Andre Russell who managed to concede only 21 runs and took two wickets in his spell of 3 overs and becomes the best bowling performer.
* The Game Changer:
The match might have been won and lost when KXIP gave Russell a re-birth when he was dismissed by Mohammed Shami, but it was a no-ball as there were only three fielders in the 30-yard circle. Russell then didn’t miss the second opportunity and become the game changer.
* Man of the Match:
* Brief Scores:
Kolkata Knight Riders: 218/4.
( Robbie Uthappa 67*, Nitish Rana 63, Andre Russell 48; Chakravarthy 1-35).
Kings XI Punjab: 190/4.
(David Miller 59*, Mayank Agarwal 58, Mandeep Singh 33*, Andre Russell 2-21).
There was two controversies in the match wherein both, the team captains got angry with the umpire.
First was Andree Russell wicket which eventually was a no-ball.
Second, An over-throw in the second innings, where KKR paid the penalty of four runs.
* Record Alert:
-KKR total of 218/4 become the highest total scored at Eden Gardens in the IPL History. – This high-scoring encounter also saw the 23 maximum’s which were the most to ever been seemed at Eden Garden’s Venue.