Kolkata Knight Riders bat their way to victory against Kings XI Punjab
Kolkata Knight Riders(245-6) registered the highest total of IPL 2018 on the back of Sunil Narine’s 75 and Dinesh Karthik’s 50 to defeat Kings XI Punjab (214-8) by 31 runs.
When KKR stepped in this match, they needed to win it at any cost to remain in the hunt this year. Batting first, they ensured exactly that.
The famous pair of Chris Lynn and Sunil Narine came out to open the batting for KKR. Although they got a decent enough start, Chris Lynn (27, 17b) couldn’t go big and was chopped on off Andrew Tye (4-41-4). Narine then came to his own and took the attack to the opposition. Striking at over 200, he raced his way to 75 to give KKR the perfect platform to build upon.
With good contributions from Andre Russell (31) and Robin Uthappa (24), skipper Dinesh Karthik (SR: 217.39) notched up a quick fifty to take KKR to the highest total of IPL 2018.
It took 10 years for Kolkata Knight Riders to surpass their total of 222/3 in the first ever IPL match.— Sampath Bandarupalli (@SampathStats) May 12, 2018
However, no KKR player has scored a century after Brendon McCullum's 158* in that game. #IPL2018 #KXIPvKKR
With 245 on the board, KXIP were already 70% out of the match. The only flicker of hope was that Chris Gayle and KL Rahul would give them an unbelievable start. If that had happened, Punjab could have made a match out of it.
However, Chris Gayle (21, 17b) was dismissed by Andre Russell early on to give KXIP another jolt. KL Rahul, on the other hand, went about doing his business in the characteristic manner. Narine (4-44-1, MoM), now with the ball in hand, slipped one under Rahul’s (66, 29b) bat to smash Punjab’s hopes.
Although Aaron Finch (34) and Ravichandran Ashwin (45) scored some quick-fire runs at the fag end, the team fell short by 31 runs which is a huge margin in T20s. KXIP may have ended at 214 for 8 but they never really looked in the game and succumbed ultimately.
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