Kolkata Knight Riders vs Kings XI Punjab IPL 2020: Hello and welcome to our coverage of KKR vs KXIP live IPL match from Sharjah. Mandeep Singh hammered a brisk 66 not out off 56 balls, Chris Gayle slammed 51 off 29 balls, and pacer Mohammed Shami captured three wickets to guide Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) to a comprehensive eight-wicket win over Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in an Indian Premier League match on Monday, and remain in fray for the playoffs. The KL Rahul-led KXIP won the toss and restricted KKR to 149 for nine wickets in 20 overs, and then overhauled the target (150 for two wickets) in 18.5 overs at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium. Mandeep and Gayle were associated in a 100-run partnership for the second wicket that took them to the brink of the big win. In the KKR innings, KXIP speedster returned Shami returned excellent figures of 4-0-3-53. (SCORECARD)
KXIP beat KKR by 8 wickets
22.52 IST: Lockie to Pooran, SINGLE! It's DONE and DUSTED! Kings XI Punjab (150/2) beat Kolkata Knight Riders (149/9) by eight wickets in Sharjah. Mandeep 66*, Gayle 51
22.50 IST: Lockie to Gayle, OUT! Slower bouncer and Gayle tries to guides it over third man but gets caught inside the circle. But it's too late for KKR.
22.49 IST: Cummins to Mandeep, SIX! In the slot and the batsman launches it over deep mid-wicket for a maximum.
22.48 IST: Cummins to Mandeep, FOUR! A tad full and wide as Mandeep drives it over extra covers for a boundary.
22.41 IST: Lockie to Gayle, SIX! THE UNIVERSE BOSS SHOT! Back of a length and Gayle slams it straight for a maximum.
22.40 IST: Lockie to Gayle, FOUR! A quick bouncer from the pacer as Gayle pulls it hard and the top edge gets him a boundary.
22.36 IST: Krishna to Mandeep, FOUR! Short ball and Mandeep pulls it beautifully over mid-wicket for a boundary.
22.29 IST: Varun to Mandeep, FOUR! The batsman waits for it and drives it over extra covers for a lovely boundary.
22.25 IST: Lockie to Mandeep, FOUR! Too full from the pacer and Mandeep plays it through mid-wicket for another boundary.
22:21 IST: Narine to Gayle, SIX! Short and pulled over deep mid-wicket for a six
22:19 IST: Ferguson to Gayle, FOUR! Overpitched, well outside off and Gayle cuts it through backward point for a four.
22:15 IST: Narine to Gayle, SIX! DISPATCHED COMFORTABLY! Fuller and Gayle sent it over long-on
22.12 IST: Varun to Gayle, SIX! The bowler made the same mistake and bowls too full and Gayle slams this one straight for a biggie.
22.10 IST: Varun to Gayle, SIX! In the slot and the Universe Boss slams it over long-on for a maximum.
22.09 IST: Varun to Mandeep, FOUR! INNOVATIVE! The batsman tries the switch-hit and gets a decent connection as the ball races away for a boundary.
22.07 IST: Narine to Gayle, DOT BALL! Another tight over from the West Indian, only three runs from it.
22.01 IST: Varun to Rahul, OUT! Excellent bowling as the dot ball pressure works in KKR's favour as Rahul departs.
22.00 IST: Varun to Rahul, FOUR! Short ball and enough width for KL to cut it through point for a boundary.
21.56 IST: Narine to Rahul, SINGLE! Good over from Narine, only five runs from it, but KKR desperately need some wickets now.
21.48 IST: Cummins to Mandeep, FOUR! Over mid-wicket and the ball races away for another boundary.
21.46 IST: Cummins to Mandeep, SIX! Length ball and Mandeep slams it over deep mid-wicket for a maximum.
21.41 IST: Krishna to Rahul, FOUR! Low full toss and Rahul drives it straight through the ground for a boundary. Pressure on Krishna after back to back boundaries.
21.40 IST: Krishna to Rahul, FOUR! Length ball and Rahul swings it over mid-on for a boundary.
21.39 IST: Cummins to Mandeep, DOT BALL! Excellent over from the big man, only two runs from it.
21.27 IST: Cummins to Rahul, FOUR! Poor fielding from Prasidh Krishan at boundary rope as Rahul plays it through deep backward point and it races away between the fielder fingers
* Pat Cummins to start the proceedings with new ball
* KL Rahul and Mandeep Singh are back for the chase
21.12 IST: Jordan to Krishna, DOT BALL! Kolkata Knight Riders 149/9 in 20 overs against Kings XI Punjab in Sharjah. Gill 57, Shami 3/35
21.11 IST: Jordan to Varun, OUT! BOWLED! The tailender tries to play the ramp shot but misses any connection with ball.
21.05 IST: Shami to Lockie, SIX! In the slot and Ferguson makes room for it and slams it over extra covers for a maximum.
21.03 IST: Shami to Gill, OUT! Low full toss and Gill smashes it hard over mid-wicket but it goes straight into hands of Nicholas Pooran
20.58 IST: Jordan to Lockie, FOUR! Back of a length delivery and Lockie slashes it over point for a boundary.
20.55 IST: Murugan to Gill, FOUR! A tad full delivery and Gill drives it over covers for a lovely boundary.
20.54 IST: Murugan to Lockie, FOUR! Edged and the ball races away for a boundary at third man region.
20.50 IST: Bishnoi to Cummins, OUT! Unfortunate for Cummins as it was going down the leg but umpires verdict was out.
20.45 IST: Murugan to Nagarkoti, OUT! CASTLED! Nagarkoti's misery with the bat endeds with the wrong 'un
20.42 IST: Bishnoi to Gill, DOUBLE AND FIFTY! Excellent running between the wickets and Gill reaches his 7th IPL fifty.
20.30 IST: Jordan to Narine, OUT! Change of pace as Narine tries to drive it through covers but gets an edge to stumps.
20.28 IST: Jordan to Narine, FOUR! Good short ball from the pacer and Narine gives a deft touch to it for a boundary at third man region.
20.23 IST: Bishnoi to Morgan, OUT! MASSIVE BLOW! The skipper tries to sweep it over square leg but the ball lands into Murugan Ashwin hands near the boundary rope.
20.21 IST: Bishnoi to Gill, SIX! A tad full from the leggie and Gill just launches it over long-on for another maximum.
20.13 IST: Murugan to Gill, SIX! JUST WOW! In the slot zone and Gill slams it over mid-on for a biggie.
20.12 IST: Murugan to Morgan, SIX! The skipper dances down the track and launches it over long-on for another six.
20.07 IST: Maxwell to Morgan, SIX! Back of a length delivery and Morgan adjusts his weight on the backfoot and slams it over backward square leg for a maximum.
20.04 IST: Maxwell to Morgan, FOUR! The southpaw steps out a bit and launches it over covers for another boundary.
20.03 IST: Shami to Gill, SIX! Back-to-Back! This time even bigger and better, on the pads and Gill launches it over mid-wicket to send it out of the park.
20.02 IST: Shami to Gill, SIX! Stand and deliver from Gill as stays inside the crease and crunches the ball over long-on for a maximum
20.00 IST: Shami to Morgan, FOUR! Length ball and Captain Morgan just guides it through point in the gap for a boundary.
19.59 IST: Shami to Morgan, FOUR! The skipper launches it over mid-on for another boundary.
19.56 IST: Arshdeep to Gill, FOUR! Clear indication of aggression from both the batsmen as this time Gill charges down the ground and slams it over mid-wicket for a boundary.
19.55 IST: Arshdeep to Morgan, FOUR! The southpaw dances down the track and manages only a thick edge which races away for a boundary at third man.
19.50 IST: Shami to Morgan, FOUR! Short ball and enough width for the southpaw to cut over point for a boundary.
19.44 IST: Arshdeep to Gill, FOUR! Slightly on the pads and Shubman Gill just guide it through backward square leg for a boundary.
19.42 IST: Shami to Karthik, OUT! EDGED and TAKEN! Quite an identical dismissal to Rana's one as DK edges it to Rahul.
19.38 IST: Shami to Tripathi, OUT! Excellent bowling from the Indian spearhead, a late swing going out and Tripathi edges it to KL Rahul
19.34 IST: Maxwell to Tripathi, SIX! In the slot and Rahul Tripathi launches it over deep mid-wicket for a maximum.
19.31 IST: Maxwell to Rana, OUT! MASSIVE BLOW! Golden duck for Rana, on his first ball the southpaw tries to sweep and it lands directly into Chris Gayle hands.
* Glenn Maxwell to start the proceedings with new ball
* Shubhman Gill and Nitish Rana to open the innings for KKR
19.20 IST: All eyes will be on the pocket dynamo in Sharjah
19.03 IST: Both teams decide to go unchanged for the mega clash. Here are the Playings XIs
Kolkata Knight Riders (Playing XI): Shubman Gill, Nitish Rana, Rahul Tripathi, Dinesh Karthik(w), Eoin Morgan(c), Sunil Narine, Pat Cummins, Lockie Ferguson, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Prasidh Krishna, Varun Chakravarthy
Kings XI Punjab (Playing XI): KL Rahul(w/c), Mandeep Singh, Chris Gayle, Nicholas Pooran, Glenn Maxwell, Deepak Hooda, Chris Jordan, Murugan Ashwin, Ravi Bishnoi, Mohammed Shami, Arshdeep Singh
19.00 IST: Kings XI Punjab skipper KL Rahul wins toss and elects to bowl against Kolkata Knight Riders in Sharjah
18.44 IST: The two captains will give their all in the crucial league contest of Indian Premier League
18.15 IST: Hello and welcome to our live blog of KKR vs KXIP live IPL match from Sharjah.
Brief Preview: A rejuvenated Kings XI Punjab would aim to continue on their fantastic winning run when they take on the Kolkata Knight Riders on Monday -- a match which proves key for the top-4 race in IPL 2020. While the KKR are at fourth position with 12 points, the KXIP are only two points behind and will dethrone the Knight Riders with a win. KXIP underwent a late revival as their batting order -- apart from KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal -- stepped up after five successive losses after seven games. In their previous match against Sunrisers Hyderabad, their bowling attack produced a remarkable performance to defend 127-run target, aiding KXIP to a 12-run win. (READ FULL)