In the 18th match of the 11th season of Indian Premier League (IPL) between Ravichandran Ashwin-led Kings XI Punjab and Dinesh Karthik’s Kolkata Knight Riders, KKR batsmen batted well to take the score to 191 runs for seven in 20 overs at Eden Gardens, Kolkata, on Saturday.
After winning the toss, KXIP skipper R Ashwin invited Dinesh Karthik’s side to bat first and Sunil Narine was sent back by Mujeeb Ur Rahman in the second over of the game for 1 runs.
After Narine’s departure, Robin Uthappa (34) joined Lynn (74) at the crease and added 72 runs for the second wicket before he was bowled out by KXIP captain Ravichandran Ashwin and soon Nitish Rana followed.
After Rana and Uthappa’s dismissals, Lynn, along with skipper Dinesh Karthik, took the charge of KKR’s innings and put up 62-run partnership for the fourth wicket.
However, KXIP speedster Andrew Tye removed Lynn from the crease.
After Lynn’s departed, Andre Russell joined Karthik at the crease but was not able to do much damage to KXIP bowlers and soon Barinder Sran sent him back to stands.
KKR skipper Dinesh Karthik scored 43 runs off 28 deliveries with a strike rate of 153.57.
From KXIP camp, Barinder Sran and Andrew Tye bagged two wickets each. Mujeeb Ur Rahman and Ravichandran Ashwin took one wicket each.
Fall of wickets:
6-1 (Sunil Narine, 1.3), 78-2 (Robin Uthappa, 8.1), 85-3 (Nitish Rana, 9.4), 147-4 (Chris Lynn, 15.2), 159-5 (Andre Russell, 16.5), 185-6 (Dinesh Karthik, 18.5), 186-7 (Tom Curran, 19.2)
Kings XI Punjab (Playing XI): Lokesh Rahul(w), Chris Gayle, Mayank Agarwal, Karun Nair, Aaron Finch, Yuvraj Singh, Ravichandran Ashwin(c), Andrew Tye, Barinder Sran, Ankit Rajpoot, Mujeeb Ur Rahman
Kolkata Knight Riders (Playing XI): Sunil Narine, Chris Lynn, Robin Uthappa, Nitish Rana, Dinesh Karthik(w/c), Andre Russell, Shubman Gill, Tom Curran, Piyush Chawla, Shivam Mavi, Kuldeep Yadav