Kolkata Knight Riders delivered a comprehensive performance to beat Kings XI Punjab by 31 runs in an IPL 2018 match at the Holkar Cricket Stadium in Indore on Saturday. Andre Russell and Sunil Narine delivered with both bat and bowl while skipper Dinesh Karthik struck an impressive half century to power KKR to the highest score in this year’s IPL. In reply KXIP were never in the running to chase down the mammoth total. In-form batsman KL Rahul and charismatic opener Chris Gayle started well but soon succumbed to the increasing rate. Andre Russell took three wickets while young quickie Parisdh Krishna took two wickets. Get highlights of Kings XI Punjab vs Kolkata Knight Riders, IPL 2018 match
Having asked to bat first, Kolkata made full use of batting-friendly conditions to post the fourth-highest IPL score as they made 245/6 in 20 overs.
In reply, KL Rahul and Chris Gayle gave Punjab the perfect start as they put up 51 in first five overs. But two consecutive wickets by Andre Russell’s in the sixth overtook the sting out of Punjab’s chase.
Gayle was the first to depart when Russell bowled him for 21. On the very next ball, the West Indian removed Mayank Agarwal for a golden duck to reduce Punjab to 57/2
In his next over, Russell got rid of Karun Nair (3) to make the matter worse. On the other hand, Rahul continued his good form as he scored his third consecutive fifty in IPL 2018.
The scoreboard pressure, however, proved to be too much to handle as Sunil Narine got better of Rahul (66) in the ninth over.
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