The Kings XI Punjab kept their Play-off hopes alive with a commanding victory over the Kolkata Knight Riders by 14 runs at home. Batting first, KXIP rode on Maxwell’s 44 and Saha’s 38 to get to a fighting total of 167/6 in their quota of 20 overs. It was an inspirational bowling spell from Rahul Tewatia, that helped KXIP get back into the game after KKR were off to another flying start. Chris Lynn tried his best to rescue the match for the Knight Riders with an innings of 84(52). However, once he departed, no one seemed good enough to finish up the remaining job. Thus KKR lost the match by 14 runs.
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Let us now have a look at the performers and the non-performers from the match.
1) Rahul Tewatia
First, he played a cameo of 15*(8) in the death overs of the KXIP innings and helped his side to a fighting total of 167/6. And then he worked his magic with the ball as he picked up the wickets of KKR’s two in-form batsmen, Gautam Gambhir and Robin Uthappa in the same over. He ended up with match figures of 4-18-2.
2) Chris Lynn
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Lynn produced another master class of an innings today as he played a delightful knock of 84(52). However, it came in a losing cause as he fell short of support from the other end. He could have well taken KKR to victory single-handedly. However, it was a superb throw from Axar Patel that undid his hard work and caught him short of his crease.
3) Mohit Sharma
Bowling figures of 3-24-2 may not sound that fabulous. However, it does so when those wickets are that of the in-form Sunil Narine and the hard hitting Yusuf Pathan. Mohit first dismissed Narine who looked set for another quick fire innings today for just 18(10).Then he got rid of the dangerous Yusuf Pathan at the death end of their innings.
1) Gautam Gambhir
The KKR skipper looked absolutely clueless with the bat today. He consumed 18 deliveries for just 8 runs and shifted the momentum of the game completely into the hands of KXIP. Just when he tried to accelerate, he fell victim to a superb catch by Shaun Marsh of Rahul Tewatia’s bowling.
2) Robin Uthappa
He was making a comeback into this game after sitting out in the last couple of games with a niggle. However, he failed to contribute anything with the bat today as he fell victim to a fantastic catch by Axar Patel in the same over Tewatia got Gambhir.
3) Colin de Grandhomme
He conceded 37 runs in the four overs that he bowled. It was his over that shifted the momentum of the game towards KXIP. Maxwell took him for 19 runs in that over which included two huge sixes as well. Had that over been a bit controlled KKR may well have emerged on the winning side today.