IPL 2020, Match 24: KXIP lose fifth match in a row as KKR pull off another thrilling win

Two-time Indian Premier League (IPL) champions Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) on Saturday pulled off another come-from-behind win as they edged out Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) by two runs in a thrilling finish on Saturday.

IANS [ Published on: October 10, 2020 22:42 IST ]
  • Two-time Indian Premier League (IPL) champions Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) on Saturday pulled off another come-from-behind win as they edged out Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) by two runs in a thrilling finish on Saturday.
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    Two-time Indian Premier League (IPL) champions Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) on Saturday pulled off another come-from-behind win as they edged out Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) by two runs in a thrilling finish on Saturday.

  • The KL Rahul-led KXIP have to blame themselves for the narrow loss as they lost a contest which was completely under their control for almost 18 overs as they chased a 165-run target at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium.
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    The KL Rahul-led KXIP have to blame themselves for the narrow loss as they lost a contest which was completely under their control for almost 18 overs as they chased a 165-run target at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium.

  • Opting to bat, KKR rode blistering half-centuries from Shubhman Gill (57) and skipper Dinesh Karthik (58) along with Eoin Morgan's 24 to put up a fighting 164/6 in the allotted overs as the other batters failed to click.
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    Opting to bat, KKR rode blistering half-centuries from Shubhman Gill (57) and skipper Dinesh Karthik (58) along with Eoin Morgan's 24 to put up a fighting 164/6 in the allotted overs as the other batters failed to click.

  • Gill's knock contained five boundaries while Karthik, whose performance was under scanner for consecutive flop shows, smashed eight boundaries and two sixes in the process. For KXIP, Mohammad Shami, Arshdeep Singh and Ravi Bishnoi settled with a wicket each.
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    Gill's knock contained five boundaries while Karthik, whose performance was under scanner for consecutive flop shows, smashed eight boundaries and two sixes in the process. For KXIP, Mohammad Shami, Arshdeep Singh and Ravi Bishnoi settled with a wicket each.

  • In return, KXIP were off to a decent start as its in-form openers Rahul (74) and Mayank Agarwal (56) added 47 runs in the initial six overs. The comfortably steered Punjab over the 100-run mark in 12.2 over as Rahul hammered Pat Cummins for a boundary and meanwhile, also notched up his half-century.
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    In return, KXIP were off to a decent start as its in-form openers Rahul (74) and Mayank Agarwal (56) added 47 runs in the initial six overs. The comfortably steered Punjab over the 100-run mark in 12.2 over as Rahul hammered Pat Cummins for a boundary and meanwhile, also notched up his half-century.

  • Prasidh Krishna drew the first blood as he dismissed a well-settled Agarwal to break the 115-run stand. Agarwal's knock was decorated with six boundaries and a six. KXIP lost Nicholas Pooran (16) and Simran Singh (4) in quick succession, thanks to Sunil Narine and Prasidh respectively as Punjab's scorecard read 149/3 in 18.4 overs.
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    Prasidh Krishna drew the first blood as he dismissed a well-settled Agarwal to break the 115-run stand. Agarwal's knock was decorated with six boundaries and a six. KXIP lost Nicholas Pooran (16) and Simran Singh (4) in quick succession, thanks to Sunil Narine and Prasidh respectively as Punjab's scorecard read 149/3 in 18.4 overs.

  • Prasidh further helped his side to tighten its grip in the match as he accounted for the wicket of Rahul in the penultimate over.
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    Prasidh further helped his side to tighten its grip in the match as he accounted for the wicket of Rahul in the penultimate over.

  • However, Rahul's ploy of promoting Simran above Glenn Maxwell backfired as the latter, failed to help his side cross the line. With 14 needed of the final over, Narine took charge of the proceedings.
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    However, Rahul's ploy of promoting Simran above Glenn Maxwell backfired as the latter, failed to help his side cross the line. With 14 needed of the final over, Narine took charge of the proceedings.

  • Besides bagging the wicket of Mandeep Singh (0), the Caribbean all-rounder successfully defended the total as Maxwell tried to go for a maximum off the final delivery, which could have tied the contest, but the ball landed inside the boundary and it was declared a four.
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    Besides bagging the wicket of Mandeep Singh (0), the Caribbean all-rounder successfully defended the total as Maxwell tried to go for a maximum off the final delivery, which could have tied the contest, but the ball landed inside the boundary and it was declared a four.

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