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Kolkata Knight Riders beat Kings XI Punjab by 28 runs

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  • That is it from this game! 2 in 2 for the hosts whereas the visitors suffered their first defeat of the season. Indian T20 League action continues on Thursday as we have two different teams battling it out. Bangalore host Mumbai at 2000 local (1430 GMT). Till then, take care and goodbye!
  • Man of the Match, Andre Russell, says he is happy to keep winning cars and all the awards. Mentions he is very pleased to get Gayle's wicket as everybody knows how devastating he can be. States Gayle is still the bigger hitter compared to him. Jokingly thanks the guy who was the extra fielder outside the ring. Further adds he believes that was an important moment in the game as it does not happen every day. Ends by saying he makes sure he has a clear head, the jump he does before he bats, a couple of swings - that's all a part of his warm-up.
  • Kolkata skipper, Dinesh Karthik, says it is a very good start and just what they wanted but there is still a long way to go. Credits the way Nitish and Uthappa played. Appreciates the effort from the bowlers also. Adds that Narine's injury was the reason Nitish opened last game, he was fit in this game and hence he was given his position back. Ends by saying playing away is a challenge and they will try and do their best.
  • Punjab skipper, Ravichandran Ashwin, replying to that no ball incident, says that it is the small things which cost you the game in this format and they have to be more aware. Mentions he takes the blame on himself for that no ball. Further adds Varun Chakravarthy was playing his first game and he will improve as time goes on. Credits the way Mayank Agarwal batted. Mentions that the Mohali wicket suits them and adds that they played 4 games there last year and won all of them. Hopes to continue that good run.
  • Earlier in the match, Kolkata were put to bat and they performed brilliantly. Every batsman contributed to the cause and once again it was Andre Russell who provided the kick with his swashbuckling knock in the death overs. He got a reprieve due to a silly mistake from Punjab (bowled off a no ball as there was an extra fielder outside the ring) and his knock eventually proved to be the differential factor. With the ball also, Kolkata were nearly there. Although they conceded too many runs, they made sure to chip in with some tidy overs in between. Once again it was Andre Russell who picked up a couple of crucial wickets and proved his worth as an all-rounder in the team.
  • A comfortable win in the end for Kolkata! After they posted a gigantic total on the board and removed KL Rahul and Chris Gayle cheaply, they always were ahead in the match. Mayank Agarwal and David Miller did try to revive the chase with a handy 74-run partnership but the required rate kept mounting and never allowed them to gain any control. Towards the end, Mandeep Singh also played some shots but still, Punjab fell short by 28 runs.
  • 19.6PChawla to DMiller

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    A dot to end the game! Short and outside off, it is slapped hard to covers. The fielder fumbles but a run is not taken. Customary handshakes taking place as KOLKATA WIN BY 28 RUNS!
  • 19.5PChawla to DMiller

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    Another couple! A googly and this is cut through point for two.
  • 19.4PChawla to MSingh

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    The quicker one and this is stroked down to long on for a single.
  • 19.3PChawla to MSingh

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    FOUR! Just beats the man at short fine leg. Mandeep plays the scoop. Hits it nicely and just about clears Lynn. 50-run stand up.
  • 19.2PChawla to MSingh

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    Another googly and once again it is picked, Mandeep works it through mid-wicket and a run is taken.
  • 19.1PChawla to MSingh

    4
    FOUR! Short and on middle, Mandeep goes back and pulls it towards deep mid-wicket. Uthappa there tries to stop it but fails to do so.
  • Piyush Chawla to bowl the last over.
  • 18.7LFerguson to DMiller

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    Clever change in pace to beat the bat. Lockie serves it outside off, Miller swishes and misses. Lets out a big grunt after missing out.
  • 18.6LFerguson to DMiller

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    SIX! Fine shot! Ferguson lands it on a fuller length around middle and leg, Miller makes room and smacks it over cover-point for a biggie.
  • 18.5LFerguson to DMiller

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    Fifty up for Miller, 9th in this League. Ferguson cuts down on his pace and delivers a length ball around leg at 125.7 kph, Miller works it in the gap on the leg side for a couple.
  • 18.4LFerguson to MSingh

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    Goes blockhole, Ferguson. Singh squeezes it out back past the bowler for a run at long off. 50 needed more off 9 balls.
  • 18.3LFerguson to MSingh

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    FOUR! Mandeep receives a short delivery outside off and steers it past the diving backward point fielder for a boundary. More than fours, Punjab need sixes.
  • 18.2LFerguson to DMiller

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    A fine yorker around leg, Miller backs away a bit and then has to dig it out on the leg side. Only a run.
  • 18.1LFerguson to DMiller

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    Wide! Ferguson speeds in from around the wicket and bowls a full ball down the leg side, Miller tries flicking but misses.
  • 17.6PKrishna to MSingh

    4
    FOUR! Good shot! Krishna bowls a short ball on middle, Singh arches and then upper cuts it just over the leaping keeper and into the third man fence.
  • 17.5PKrishna to DMiller

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    Good delivery again! The effort ball on the body of the batsman. Miller is once again late on the pull shot. He mistimes it towards the vacant mid-wicket region. Kuldeep runs to his right and keeps it down to one.
  • 17.4PKrishna to DMiller

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    Bowls it on the pads, Miller is a touch late in the flick. He misses and gets hit on the pads. He may have been expecting a slower ball there as the last one was a seam-up delivery.
  • 17.3PKrishna to DMiller

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    FOUR! Straight as an arrow! No fielder had a chance there. A low full toss and Miller powers it down the ground.
  • 17.2PKrishna to MSingh

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    A full toss but PK gets away with it as Mandeep drives it towards cover for a run.
  • 17.1PKrishna to MSingh

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    A change up to start with. It is outside off. Singh looks to pull but misses.
  • Prasidh Krishna is back on.
  • 16.6LFerguson to MSingh

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    Looking London, Talking Tokyo! A short ball on off, quite pacy, Mandeep winds up for a big pull shot on the leg side but is hurried up due to the excessive pace. It takes the bottom half of his bat's blade and speeds to deep point for a run. 15 from the over. 67 needed off 18 balls.
  • 16.5LFerguson to MSingh

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    Takes the aerial route and lofts a length ball over covers for a couple.
  • 16.4LFerguson to DMiller

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    Full toss sliding down the leg side, Miller pulls it fine down the leg side for a run.
  • 16.3LFerguson to DMiller

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    FOUR! Ferguson changes his plan for Miller. Switches to around the wicket and hurls a slower short ball outside off. Not a good idea with third man inside the ring. David just rocks back and picks the gap past that in-ring fielder for a boundary.
  • 16.2LFerguson to MSingh

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    Goes very full and outside off, Singh backs away and squeezes it through cover-point for a run. 75 needed off 22 balls.
  • 16.1LFerguson to MSingh

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    SIX! Good start to the over! A sharp delivery but there is plenty of width on offer outside off. Mandeep exercises his arms and dispatches it over long off for a biggie.
  • Lockie Ferguson is back to bowl at the death.
  • 15.6PChawla to DMiller

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    NOT OUT! Nothing on Ultra Edge, a big gap between bat and ball and the on-field call has to be overturned! Good use of the review there and Punjab's glimmer of hope survives to fight another day. Chawla once again sticks to the line outside off. Miller looks to slap it hard. He seems to have missed it. Karthik takes it and appeals. The umpire agrees. Miller reviews and replays show that there is no bat involved.
  • Appeal for a caught behind! Dinesh Karthik is very sure. The umpire raises his finger. David Miller has taken the referral...
  • 15.5PChawla to MSingh

    1
    Another single as this is worked through mid-wicket for a run.
  • 15.4PChawla to DMiller

    1
    Fires this one outside off, Miller swings but it goes off the inner half towards long on for a run.
  • 15.3PChawla to MSingh

    1
    The googly and Mandeep picks it, he flicks it through square leg for a run.
  • Mandeep Singh is the new batsman. His job will be to give maximum strike to David Miller.
  • 15.2PChawla to MayankAgarwal

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    OUT! Mayank has been cleaned up by Chawla! The googly does the trick. We feel Mayank did pick it and hence goes for the slog sweep. The ball though does not bounce a lot, goes under the bat and knocks the leg stump out. Chawla breaks the 74-run stand and a set batsman is back in the hut. A good innings by Agarwal but he had a lot to do and perishes in an attempt to do so.
  • 15.1PChawla to DMiller

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    Well bowled! Sees Miller shuffle right across so bowls it wide outside off. Miller hits it to sweeper cover for a run.
  • Strategic break. The current partnership has somewhere given hope to Punjab. The equation still is a daunting one - 86 off 30 balls. As long as Miller is there, the danger is also there. Mayank Agarwal has also looked in great touch and if these two last the distance, we are in for a thrilling finish. Sit back and enjoy the ride. Piyush Chawla to bowl...
  • 14.6KYadav to DMiller

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    A single to end! Miller hits it through covers for a run. 9 from this one but still not good enough.
  • 14.5KYadav to DMiller

    4
    FOUR! Lovely shot! Miller uses his feet, Kuldeep tries to outsmart him by firing it in. Miller does well to get bat to it, he does even better to get it past cover. Russell runs to his right and seems to have pushed it back in. However, replays show that he was in contact with the ropes and the ball. Boundary.

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