IPL: Gambhir wins toss for KKR, asks Kings XI Punjab to bat

Rosalie Stanley
May 10, 2017

Kings XI Punjab stay relevant in the playoff equation of VIVO IPL 2017 after they defeated the Kolkata Knight Riders at the IS Bindra Stadium in Mohali on Tuesday.

KKR showed why they are one of the strongest teams in this IPL when they inflicted a humiliating defeat on bottom place RCB.

However, Kolkata could manage only five runs from it as Punjab completed a 14-run win and kept their hopes alive in the tournament.

To chase down the target, once again the pair of Sunil Narine and Chris Lynn entered the field and just like the previous game again Royal Challengers Bangalore, Narine gave ideal start by hitting a boundary off the first ball. Sunil Narine's fantastic innings combined with an unbeaten 72 from skipper Gautam Gambhir helped KKR chase down 171 with eight wickets in hand and 21 balls to spare when the sides met earlier this year. "There are certain things when you play attacking cricket, you end up with some brilliant performances like these two guys (Narine and Lynn)".

KKR: Gautam Gambhir (captain), Darren Bravo, Yusuf Pathan, Sunil Narine, Robin Uthappa (wk), Umesh Yadav, Suryakumar Yadav, Ankit Rajpoot, Trent Boult, Piyush Chawla, Nathan Coulter Nile, Colin De Grandhomme, Rishi Dhawan, Sayan Ghosh, Shakib Al Hasan, Sheldon Jackson, Ishank Jaggi, Kuldeep Yadav, Chris Woakes, Chris Lynn, Manish Pandey.

Narine smashed four boundaries in a quick 18 before he was bowled by Mohit Sharma. Because if the Sunrisers Hyderabad win that one, it won't matter what KXIP do with their remaining matches.

Gujarat Lions were near spotless inside the Powerplay.

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Later, Smith turned out to be the architect of the victory for Gujarat with a whirlwind 74 off just 39 deliveries to get Gujarat off to a flier while chasing a challenging 190 for win. KXIP were also sloppy on the field, giving two lives to Smith.

It was a steady, if not furious start from Kings XI Punjab after they were put in.

"I suppose the spinners came into the game, Rahul Tewatia bowled really well".

Punjab now have 12 points from the same number of matches and play Mumbai Indians and Rising Pune Supergiant away.

Besides Amla and Maxwell, they have batsmen of calibre like Martin Guptill, Shaun Marsh, Manan Vohra, Wriddhiman Saha and Axar Patel but they will need to fire in unison.

Coach Virender Sehwag and Captain Glenn Maxwell suffered another blow as they will be playing without the services of Hashim Amla (420 runs in 10 matches; 2 centuries) and David Miller - both having left the Punjab camp for their national duties.

Other reports by Guamnewswatch

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