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IPL 2020: Karthik, Krishna and Narine script narrow win

Sunil Narine 2-28 (KKR)

Kolkata Knight Riders captain Dinesh Karthik played a fantastic role in his side's narrow two run win over Kings XI Punjab in the Indian Premier League at the Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi on Saturday afternoon.

After opting to bat, Kolkata posted 164 for six in their 20 overs. The lead performer for Kolkata was opener Shubman Gill (57: 47b, 5x4). He shared a 82 run fourth wicket stand with captain Karthik (58: 29b, 8x4, 2x6). That helped Kolkata finish strongly, but the score was still not big enough to challenge at most times. The bowlers of Punjab shared the wickets around.

In their chase Punjab was progressing well. The openers Lokesh Rahul (74: 58b, 6x4) and Mayank Agarwal (56: 39b, 6x4, 1x6) shared a 115 run stand. Thereafter, there was a collapse, the batsmen played a lot of dot balls and just could not get going. Punjab still needed 20 off two overs. But yet again there were loss of a few wickets including that Rahul. In the last over, Punjab appeared to lose control. Off the last ball, Glenn Maxwell needed to strike a six to tie the score, but the shot fell inches short of the boundary. Punjab finished on 162 for five, twp runs short of the target. The best bowlers for Kolkata were Prasidh Krishna (3-29) and Sunil Narine (2-28).

Match Summary - Kolkata Knight Riders v Kings XI Punjab, 24th Match, Indian Premier League

Kolkata Knight Riders 164-6 (20)
Fall of wickets: 1-12 (Rahul Tripathi-2.4 ov), 2-14 (Nitish Rana-3.3 ov), 3-63 (Eoin Morgan-10.4 ov), 4-145 (Shubman Gill-17.5 ov), 5-150 (Andre Russell-18.2 ov), 6-164 (Dinesh Karthik-19.6 ov)

Kings XI Punjab 162-5 (20)
Fall of wickets: 1-115 (Mayank Agarwal-14.2 ov), 2-144 (Nicholas Pooran-17.2 ov), 3-149 (Prabhsimran Singh-18.4 ov), 4-151 (KL Rahul-18.6 ov), 5-158 (Mandeep Singh-19.5 ov)

Result - Kolkata Knight Riders won by two runs


Playing XI
Kings XI Punjab: KL Rahul (captain), Mayank Agarwal, Prabhsimran Singh (wicket-keeper), Nicholas Pooran, Glenn Maxwell, Mandeep Singh, Chris Jordan, Ravi Bishnoi, Mohammed Shami, Arshdeep Singh, Mujeeb Ur Rahman

Kolkata Knight Riders: Rahul Tripathi, Shubman Gill, Nitish Rana, Eoin Morgan, Andre Russell, Dinesh Karthik (captain & wicket-keeper), Sunil Narine, Pat Cummins, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Prasidh Krishna, Varun Chakravarthy