Highlights, Punjab vs Kolkata Live Score, IPL 2019: Hello and welcome to our live coverage of Kings XI Punjab vs Kolkata Knight Riders, Live IPL match from IS Bindra Stadium, Mohali. Buoyed by their big victory over Mumbai Indians, Kolkata Knight Riders will look to continue the winning momentum in yet another must-win Indian Premier League tie against Kings XI Punjab here on Friday. KKR snapped a six-game losing streak to record a 34-run victory over Mumbai at Eden Gardens last week to revive their chances of a playoffs berth. R Ashwin's side are a rung below KKR at seventh and have lost their last three games. They were washed away by a dominant Sunrisers Hyderabad in their last outing, largely due to David Warner's brilliance and Kings XI bowlers not putting up a good show collectively. It was a rare off day for Afghanistan spinner Mujeeb Ur Rahman as he went for 66 runs. (Match Scorecard)
KKR beat KXIP by 7 wickets
* Done and dusted. With 12 balls to spare. This is a real romp from Kolkata, chasing a target in excess of 180. They breathe again. Punjab are onto a ventilator.
23.28 IST: Sam Curran to Dinesh Karthik, FOUR! That's the end of the game. The skipper hits the winning shot. Full on the pads, Karthik flicks it away fine of fine leg for a boundary. KOLKATA WIN BY 7 WICKETS.
23.27 IST: Sam Curran to Dinesh Karthik, SIX! Just three needed now. Back of a length ball, Karthik pulls it over the mid-wicket fence for a maximum.
23.22 IST: Sam Curran to Dinesh Karthik, FOUR! Nothing wrong with the delivery but this has just not been Punjab's evening. Yorker outside off, Karthik was looking to run it down towards third man but it goes off the outside edge towards the intended region for a boundary.
23.17 IST: Andrew Tye to Shubman Gill, FOUR! Gill wants to see his side home and he is showing class and maturity here. Good length ball on middle and off, Gill pulls it hard through mid-wicket for a boundary.
* Strategic break. 27 needed off 24 balls with 7 wckets in hand. The game is clearly in Kolkata's favour but we have seen teams blow it up from here in the past. Kolkata have a well-set, young Shubman Gill along with the experienced and calm-headed skipper, Dinesh Karthik. Kolkata will hope these two can see it through.
23.13 IST: Sam Curran to Shubman Gill, Played through mid-wicket by the batsman. The batsmen have picked up a couple of runs.
* Sam Curran is back on attack
* The skipper Dinesh Karthik is in.
23.03 IST: Mohammed Shami to Andre Russell, FOUR! Short, wide and punished. Give Russell some room and he will not miss it.
* Mohammed Shami returns. 2-0-10-0 so far.
* STAT ALERT - Andre Russell completes 500 runs in the League this season, becoming the third player to do so after David Warner (692 runs) and KL Rahul (522 runs).
22.59 IST: Andrew Tye to Andre Russell, DROPPED AND SIX! Mayank Agarwal is the culprit. Full outside off, Russell swings his bat at it. He does not time it well and Mayank Agarwal inside the ropes looks to catch it with the fingers pointed to the sky.
22.57 IST: Andrew Tye to Andre Russell, SIX! Is there any use of looking at it? Low full toss on middle. It is not easy to get under those but the form this man is in he can and will hit anything. He gets under it adn heaves it over square leg for a maximum.SIX! Is there any use of looking at it? Low full toss on middle. It is not easy to get under those but the form this man is in he can and will hit anything. He gets under it adn heaves it over square leg for a maximum.
* Andrew Tye returns. 1-0-15-1 so far.
22.55 IST: Ravichandran Ashwin to Shubman Gill, FOUR! This is class batting from Gill. he gets to his fifty with the boundary. What an innings this has been from the young batsman. He has grabbed his opportunity as the opener.
22.54 IST: Ravichandran Ashwin to Shubman Gill, SIX! What a shot! Young Shubman Gill is winning the battle against Ravichandran Ashwin. Ashwin takes a slight pause before delivering the ball. It does not distract Gill and he slog sweeps it over the square leg fence for a maximum.
22.52 IST: Ravichandran Ashwin to Shubman Gill, SIX! Great start to the over. The carrom ball, around middle and leg, Gill comes down the track and sends it sailing over long on!
22.48 IST: Sam Curran to Andre Russell, FOUR! Russell has introduced himself. Good length ball outside off, Russell gets on top of it and slashes it through covers for a boundary.
* Andre Russell walks in at number 4, replacing Uthappa.
22.43 IST: Ravichandran Ashwin to Robin Uthappa, OUT c Mayank Agarwal b Ravichandran Ashwin. Kolkata have lost their second wicket.
22.39 IST: Sam Curran to Shubman Gill, FOUR! Classic batting. A length ball outside off, Gill just punches it wide of mid off and gets a boundary!
* STRATEGIC BREAK. Punjab need this badly. Lynnsanity has come and gone but Kolkata are making full use of the excellent platform. Nearly half the runs have been scored in less than half the overs and the required run rate is down to 8.6 now. Uthappa has looked in fluent touch and is threatening to take the game by the scruff of its neck. SAM CURRAN introduced.
22.35 IST: Murugan Ashwin to Robin Uthappa, FOUR! Pressure on Murugan. Uthappa was expecting this one to be short given that the previous full ball was tonked.
22.34 IST: Murugan Ashwin to Robin Uthappa, SIX! AUDACIOUS! Tossed up, around off, Uthappa hammers it straight back over the bowler's head for half a dozen!
22.33 IST: Murugan Ashwin to Robin Uthappa, MISFIELD, FOUR! Rahul is the culprit. Too full, around middle, Uthappa whips it wide of long on. Rahul runs to his right and looks to pick it up with both hands but misses. The ball goes right through his legs and it is a bonus boundary.
22.28 IST: Ravichandran Ashwin to Robin Uthappa, On the pads, Uthappa flicks it to the man in the deep at mid-wicket and rotates the strike.
22.27 IST: Murugan Ashwin to Shubman Gill, Floated outside off, Gill drives it towards cover. Ravichandran Aswhin there looks to stop the ball with a dove but cannot stop it. He deflects it away and the batsmen get a couple.
* Robin Uthappa walks out at number 3. Also, Murugan Ashwin is introduced into the attack.
22.25 IST: Andrew Tye to Chris Lynn, OUT! Caught! Tye has the last laugh. KKR 62/1 in 6 overs
22.24 IST: Andrew Tye to Chris Lynn, FOUR! Bonus runs. Around middle and leg, Lynn swings hard but gets an inside edge past the leg stump and short fine leg!
22.23 IST: Andrew Tye to Chris Lynn, TOP EDGE, SIX! More luck for the visiting side. A short ball, following the batsman, down the leg side, Lynn goes after it with a pull but the extra bounce does him in. However, the top edge sails over square leg!
22.21 IST: Andrew Tye to Shubman Gill, FOUR! Excellent placement. A short ball, around middle, Gill just plays a Nataraja pull shot with a horizontal bat and gets it behind square leg! 50 UP FOR KOLKATA! This is a lovely start by the tourists.
22.19 IST: Ravichandran Ashwin to Chris Lynn, SIX! Huge that is out of here. Flighted around off, Lynn smacks it over long off for a maximum. Lynnsanity is here.
22.18 IST: Ravichandran Ashwin to Chris Lynn, FOUR! Not the start Ashwin wanted. Floated outside off, Lynn goes for the drive but gets a thick outside edge through the vacant slip region for a boundary.
22.16 IST: Arshdeep Singh to Chris Lynn, FOUR! Hat-trick of boundaries for Lynn. Singh bowls it short down the leg side, Lynn helps it on its way with a pull. Pooran dives to his left but cannot stop it and the outfield is so quick that it was always going to be a boundary once it went past him.
22.14 IST: Arshdeep Singh to Chris Lynn, FOUR! Make that two in two. Full on off, Lynn takes his front foot out of the equation and thrashes it through mid off for a boundary. Pressure on young Arshdeep Singh now.
22.13 IST: Arshdeep Singh to Chris Lynn, FOUR! WHOOSH! A length ball, outside off, Lynn just crashes this between mid off and cover!
22.10 IST: Mohammed Shami to Shubman Gill, FOUR! Fantastic shot from Gill. That was just classy from Gill. Good length ball on middle and off, Gill flicks it nonchalantly through mid-wicket for a boundary.
22.06 IST: Arshdeep Singh to Chris Lynn, SIX! That was six the moment it left the bat. Good length ball on middle and leg, Lynn moves his front leg and deposits it into the crowd over mid-wicket for a maximum. The bowler did not even bother looking.
22.03 IST: Mohammed Shami to Chris Lynn, Good length ball outside off, Lynn shows no foot moment and looks to cut it but it goes off the inner half of his bat towards Shami. Tidy start from Shami. Just 3 runs off it.
* We are back for the chase. The Punjab players are out in the middle. Shubman Gill and Chris Lynn follow them out and they are the openers for Kolkata. Mohammed Shami has the new ball in hand for Punjab.
* WOW! What a finish this is for Punjab. Take a bow Sam Curran. 22 off the last over has taken Punjab over 180. Curran's unbeaten 24 ball 55 has given Punjab the edge in this fixture at the halfway mark.
21.43 IST: Harry Gurney to Sam Curran, FOUR! WHAM! 22 runs from the final over and Punjab finish on 183/6! A full toss, around leg stump, Curran just whips it over square leg and finds the boundary!
21.42 IST: Harry Gurney to Sam Curran, FOUR! Innovative! Curran walks across his stumps, gets a length delivery around middle and just paddles it wide of Piyush Chawla at long leg! Half century for the Englishman, what a knock it has been!
21.40 IST: Harry Gurney to Sam Curran, SIX! Another clean hit and this one goes all the way! A length ball, around middle and leg, Curran comes down the track and swings it into oblivion over long on!
21.39 IST: Harry Gurney to Sam Curran, FOUR! Stand and deliver! Full and outside off, a touch wide, Curran initially covers his stumps but then gets his left leg out of the way and creams this over cover for a one-bounce boundary!
* Gurney to bowl the final over
21.35 IST: Andre Russell to Sam Curran, FOUR! Back-to-back boundaries! Curran is playing a lovely cameo here. A length ball, around leg stump, Curran backs away and swings it over mid on. Piyush Chawla tries to get across from long on to his right but cannot get there. The ball bounces just in front of the ropes. The third umpire checks it and confirms.
21.34 IST: Andre Russell to Sam Curran, FOUR! Brilliant execution. Good length ball on off, Curran comes across his off stump and hits it over fine leg for a boundary. Punjab need him to continue this onslaught.
* Andrew Tye walks in at number 8, replacing his skipper.
21.32 IST: Andre Russell to Ravichandran Ashwin, OUT! Chopped on. Off cutter outside off, Ashwin takes his front leg off the line and looks to heave it across the line.
* Andre Russell to bowl the 19th.
* Skipper Ravichandran Ashwin walks in at number 7, replacing Mandeep.
21.28 IST: Harry Gurney to Mandeep Singh, OUT! Mandeep's innings comes to an end. Gurney gets his first of the game. The slower one does the trick.
21.25 IST: Sunil Narine to Sam Curran, FOUR! WHACK! Full and outside off, Curran gets down and sweeps it between mid-wicket and long on for a boundary! 15 from the over, Narine finishes with figures of 4-0-29-0.
21.21 IST: Sunil Narine to Sam Curran, SIX! Don't bother looking this one is out of here. Shorter on off and middle, Sam Curran comes down the track and swings it across the line to send it over the mid-wicket fence for a 93 meter maximum.
21.18 IST: Andre Russell to Sam Curran, FOUR! Good shot. Full around off, Sam Curran takes his front leg out of the way and drives it through covers for a boundary.
* Andre Russell returns. 1-0-13-0 so far.
21.13 IST: Piyush Chawla to Mandeep Singh, SIX! Fine shot. Short and outside off, Mandeep rocks back and pulls it right back over the bowler, over the sightscreen!
* STRATEGIC BREAK. 6 overs left. Can Punjab get to 175 at least? The problem is, there is not much firepower left. David Miller will be missed tonight. Gurney has 2 overs left, Narine has 1 while Russell, Rana and Chawla have to share the remaining 3 amongst themselves. Kolkata do not have the best bowling performance this season at the death, but tonight they might get away with it. Piyush Chawla is back on. 3-0-33-0 so far.
21.07 IST: Sunil Narine to Mandeep Singh, OUT! That is some luck going Kolkata's way. A very unlucky way to get out. A very good innings from Mayank comes to an end. Floated delivery outside off, Mandeep flicks it wide of deep mid-wicket. They run the first one hard and go for two.
21.06 IST: Is that a run out? 'He has dropped the ball!' screams Pommie Mbangwa. Wait... the replays seem to show that Narine is in contact with the ball when it hits the stumps and then it drops down!
* Sunil Narine back on.
21.03 IST: Sandeep Warrier to Mandeep Singh, FOUR! Deft touch from Mandeep. Good length ball outside off, Mandeep gets on his back foot. He keeps his eyes on the ball and then guides it down to the vacant third man region for a boundary.
* Sandeep Warrier is back for his final battle. He is bowling out. 3-0-22-2 so far.
20.57 IST: Piyush Chawla to Mayank Agarwal, Floated outside off, Mayank slaps it wide of sweeper cover and gets a couple as there are big boundaries here.
* Mandeep Singh walks in at number 5, replacing Pooran.
20.54 IST: Nitish Rana to Nicholas Pooran, OUT! Rana strikes. He was brought to break the partnership and he has done his job to perfection. Nicholas Pooran who was looking very dangerous holes out. Short on off and middle. Pooran goes for the pull but does not time it well. It goes straight to the man in the deep. Sandeep Warrier in the deep is having a good game and after picking up the first two wickets he now takes a good catch.
20.51 IST: Nitish Rana to Mayank Agarwal, SIX! WALLOP! Tossed up, around middle and off, Agarwal comes forward and lofts it with ease down the ground, right onto the sightscreen!
* Nitish Rana is introduced into the attack.
20.50 IST: Piyush Chawla to Nicholas Pooran, SIX! VIOLENCE! You cannot bowl short. Another googly, outside off, Pooran rocks back and pulls it high and handsome over mid-wicket for an 89-metre biggie!
20.47 IST: Piyush Chawla to Mayank Agarwal, FOUR! That is crunched. Chawla makes the smart choice of ducking under it. Full on off, Mayank flat bats it over Chawla's head for a boundary towards long off.
20.45 IST: Sunil Narine to Nicholas Pooran, Flighted on the pads, Pooran nudges it wide of mid on. Narine goes after the ball so does the man from long on. The batsmen get a couple.
* STRATEGIC BREAK.
20.40 IST: Piyush Chawla to Nicholas Pooran, FOUR! The googly from Chawla, outside off, Pooran picks it in a trice and cuts it through cover-point. Nitish Rana sweeps the area to his right from deep cover but his desperate dive does not help him.
20.36 IST: Piyush Chawla to Nicolas Pooran, SIX! Mistimed but it goes all the way! Tossed up, outside off, Pooran lunges and looks to clear long off but is not quite to the pitch of the ball. Mistimes it but gets enough on the same to clear long off!
20.33 IST: Andre Russell to Nicholas Pooran, SIX! What a shot! Good length ball outside off, Pooran flat-bats it over long off. He does not time it well but when you are Pooran, your mishits will clear the short boundaries. The short boundaries are straight here so it does clear the fence.
* Andre Russell into attack now
20.30 IST: Harry Gurney to Nicholas Pooran, SIX! First six of the game and it has come from the bat of Pooran. He holds the key here for Punjab. Back of a length ball on off, Pooran pulls it over the mid-wicket fence for a maximum.
* Harry Gurney is back on attack
20.25 IST: Sandeep Warrier to Nicholas Pooran, FOUR! Pooran is off the mark in style. Back of a length ball from Warrier, Pooran gets on top of the bounce and pulls it through mid-wicket for a boundary.
* Nicholas Pooran walks in at number 4, replacing Gayle.
20.21 IST: Sandeep Warrier to Chris Gayle, OUT! Warrier gets his second and both the openers are back for early shower. Sandeep is having a night to remember. First Rahul and now Gayle. KXIP 22/2 in 4.1 over
20.17 IST: Sunil Narine to Mayank Agarwal, OOPS... the arm ball, little bit of shape away, Agarwal looks to flick but is a touch early and gets a leading edge wide of cover. A single taken.
20.14 IST: Sandeep Warrier to Mayank Agarwal, FOUR! Excellent way to get off the mark. Good length ball outside off, there was width on offer. Agarwal pounces on it and slashes it through point for a boundary.
20.11 IST: Sandeep Warrier to Lokesh Rahul, OUT! Big, big wicket for Kolkata. The dangerous Rahul is out of here.
20.08 IST: Harry Gurney to Chris Gayle, Good length ball around off, Gayle gets on top of the bounce and punches it through covers. He does not time it well so he it does not reach the fence but Gayle manages to come back for the second.
* Harry Gurney to bowl from the other end.
20.04 IST: Sandeep Warrier to Chris Gayle, FOUR! Excellent shot once again from Gayle. 10 runs off the first over and a great start for Punjab. Full around off, Gayle drives it between mid off and covers for a boundary. KXIP 10/0 in 1 over
20.03 IST: Sandeep Warrier to Chris Gayle, FOUR! Excellent Shot from Gayle it was in his radar and he just timed it good enough to reach the boundary rope.
20.01 IST: Sandeep Warrier to Chris Gayle, the big man is off the mark with single and the first run on the scoreboard for Kings XI Punjab.
20.00 IST: Sandeep Warrier to Chris Gayle, No run! Warrier starts with a good length ball on the pads. There was a hint on inward movement for Warrier first up. Gayle taps it back towards the bowler.
19.58 IST: We are all set to begin. The umpires make their way out in the middle. Chris Gayle and KL Rahul are walking down the pitch to open the innings for KXIP. Sandeep Warrier to bowl the first over of the night.
19.45 IST: Punjab skipper, Ravichandran Ashwin says he would have bowled first as well but also adds that they were confused but Ashwin feels it won't be much of a difference. On why they make changes regularly, Ashwin laughs and says that if he could have got players straight into the team from the hospital he would have. Ashwin feels that if they get a win here the momentum will change. Informs Sam Curran and Andrew Tye come in place of David Miller and Mujeeb Ur Rahman.
19.43 IST: Kolkata skipper, Dinesh Karthik says that after a long time he has won the toss and laughs and says he was confused as what he wanted to but then says they are bowling first as he thinks dew will come on later. Dinesh Karthik ends by informing us that they are unchanged for this game.
19.40 IST: The KXIP-KKR clash will mark the 300th T20 match for power hitter Andre Russell
19.38 IST: Playing XI of Kolkata Knight Riders is here:
Kolkata Knight Riders (Playing XI): Sunil Narine, Chris Lynn, Shubman Gill, Robin Uthappa, Nitish Rana, Dinesh Karthik(w/c), Andre Russell, Rinku Singh, Piyush Chawla, Sandeep Warrier, Harry Gurney
19.36 IST: Playings of Kings XI Punjab is out:
Kings XI Punjab (Playing XI): Lokesh Rahul, Chris Gayle, Mayank Agarwal, Nicholas Pooran, Ravichandran Ashwin(c), Sam Curran, Simran Singh(w), Murugan Ashwin, Mohammed Shami, Arshdeep Singh, Andrew Tye
19.30 IST: Kolkata Knight Riders win toss, opt to bowl against Kings XI Punjab in Mohali
19.27 IST: The captaincy battle is on between Dinesh Karthik and Ravichandran Ashwin
19.10 IST: The two teams have reached the IS Bindra Stadium, Mohali.
19.00 IST: Local boy Shubman Gill is ready to roar for Kolkata Knight Riders at Mohali.
18.50 IST: Kings XI Punjab are still in search of the balanced Playing XI.
Match Preview: Staring at elimination, two-time champions Kolkata Knight Riders and Kings XI Punjab will lock horns in a battle of survival in Friday's Indian Premier League (IPL) match. The two teams are languishing at the bottom half of the table and need to win to keep alive their remote Play-off chances. Both KKR and Kings XI have 10 points from 12 matches but the Kolkata outfit is placed a rung above Punjab at sixth in the eight-team competition by virtue of a better net run-rate. (Read Full Match Preview)