KXIP 183/6 (20.0ov)
KKR 185/3 (18.0ov)
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Kolkata Knight Riders beat Kings XI Punjab by 7 wickets

MOM: Shubman Gill

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  • Okay then! Kolkata move to 12, 5th spot. Punjab stay on 10, on 7th, hanging on to some life support. We are almost there to the end of the league stage. Just one weekend to go. Four matches. Super Saturday sees Delhi meet Rajasthan at 4 pm local (1030 GMT) followed by the Bangalore-Hyderabad clash at 8 pm local (1430 GMT). ADIOS! TAKE CARE!
  • SHUBMAN GILL HAS BEEN NAMED THE MAN OF THE MATCH. Gill says he feels great to win his first Man Of The Match award at his home ground. Tells that it was important to build partnerships. Says his whole family was there and it was great playing in front of his home crowd. Adds that he is still figuring out his game in T20s.
  • Victorious Kolkata skipper, Dinesh Karthik, says that they have another day and it important that they are still alive. On his mood, he says that he was not happy with the bowlers and fielders' performance in the break. Smiles and says it is a rare behaviour and says that he just stays true to himself. Says they gave 10 runs too many in the end but credits Sam Curran for the way he batted. Says that the ground is big but feels they did the small things well in this game. On Gill, Karthik says he is a good talent and the way he batted was brilliant and they had to give him the chance up the order.
  • Chris Lynn is up for a chat next. He says that they missed playing with a smile on their face in the last few games and he is happy that the team has found that. Tells that it was a good performance even though Curran played a good innings. He tells that momentum is very important in this format and they had it. He also credits Gill for the innings he played tonight. Smile and says that he was not at the other end of Dinesh Karthik's bashing but says it is a part of the game.
  • Punjab skipper, Ravichandran Ashwin, says that it was a par score and they have defended 175 here but the wicket was really good tonight and the dew played a part. Credits Shubman Gill for the way he played. Tells that the edges don't help. Agrees that Sam Curran batted well and says that they know about his talents with the bat.
  • Punjab were a no-match with the ball. Apart from Shami, every bowler went for more than 9 an over. There was hardly any pressure built and if truth be told, the dew did not make things any easier.
  • One did expect Kolkata to chase this down with the dew on offer and tonight, there was no issue with the batting. One of the rare few games where we saw an almost clinical approach from the visiting side. The 62-run opening stand between Gill and Lynn set things up and then, after the Aussie got out, Gill stayed till the end, ensuring that the game was not dragged till the end.
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    KKR wins the match by 7 wickets. What an incredible inning by young talent Gill in his home ground. Good support from Uthappa and Lynn as well. Some good inning from Curran too from Opposition side. KXIP might not qualify now and their journey might has come to an end here but they can take back some positives with them. 

  • Done and dusted. With 12 balls to spare. This is a real romp from Kolkata, chasing a target in excess of 180. They breathe again. Punjab are onto a ventilator.
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    Four! Karthik towards fine leg this time. And what a finish from him.

  • 17.7SamCurran to DKarthik

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    FOUR! That's the end of the game. The skipper hits the winning shot. Full on the pads, Karthik flicks it away fine down the leg side for a boundary. KOLKATA WIN BY 7 WICKETS.
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    Six! Karthik gets Maximum and KKR has almost won this game.

  • 17.6SamCurran to DKarthik

    6
    SIX! Just three needed now. Back of a length ball, Karthik pulls it over the mid-wicket fence for a maximum.
  • 17.5SamCurran to DKarthik

    2
    Length ball outside off, Karthik cuts it wide of point and gets a couple. Required runs now in single digit. 9 needed now.
  • 17.4SamCurran to DKarthik

    WD
    WIDE! Bouncer is too high. Karthik sways away and it goes over his head. Wide signalled.
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    Four! Edge there and Karthik will get a boundary 

  • 17.3SamCurran to DKarthik

    4
    FOUR! Nothing wrong with the delivery but this has just not been Punjab's evening. Yorker outside off, Karthik was looking to run it down towards third man but it goes off the outside edge towards the intended region for a boundary.
  • 17.2SamCurran to SGill

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    Back of a length ball on off, Gill pulls it to deep mid-wicket and gets to the other end.
  • 17.1SamCurran to DKarthik

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    Full on off, Karthik plays it to long on and takes an easy single.
  • 16.6ATye to DKarthik

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    Full on off, Karthik milks it to long off and keeps the strike. Just 18 needed off the last 3 now.
  • 16.5ATye to SGill

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    Now a single. Full on middle and leg, Gill strokes it to long on and gives Karthik the strike.
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    Four! Gill pulls it towards long on

  • 16.4ATye to SGill

    4
    FOUR! Gill wants to see his side home and he is showing class and maturity here. Good length ball on middle and off, Gill pulls it hard through mid-wicket for a boundary.
  • 16.3ATye to DKarthik

    1
    Low full toss on middle, Karthik flicks it to deep mid-wicket and rotates the strike.
  • 16.2ATye to SGill

    1
    Full on middle and leg, Gill milks it to long on and gets a single.
  • 16.1ATye to DKarthik

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    Good length ball on middle and leg, Karthik turns it down to fine leg and gets a single.
  • Strategic break. 27 needed off 24 balls with 7 wckets in hand. The game is clearly in Kolkata's favour but we have seen teams blow it up from here in the past. Kolkata have a well-set, young Shubman Gill along with the experienced and calm-headed skipper, Dinesh Karthik. Kolkata will hope these two can see it through. Punjab will need a miracle to save this one. Andrew Tye to bowl after the break.
  • 15.6SamCurran to SGill

    2
    Played through mid-wicket by the batsman. The batsmen have picked up a couple of runs.
  • 15.5SamCurran to SGill

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    A wide ball outside off, Gill slashes hard but misses
  • 15.4SamCurran to SGill

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    Outside off, punched straight to cover.
  • 15.3SamCurran to SGill

    2
    Full on middle and leg, flicked through mid-wicket for a couple.
  • 15.2SamCurran to DKarthik

    1
    A short ball, pulled through mid-wicket for a run.
  • 15.1SamCurran to SGill

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    Outside off, punched through the covers where skipper Ashwin dives and makes a wonderful stop. Even has a shy at the bowler's end but misses and cannot stop the single.
  • Sam Curran is back on. 2-0-16-0 so far.
  • 14.6MShami to SGill

    1LB
    Full on leg side, Gill looks to flick it but misses. The ball goes towards fine leg and they sneak through a leg bye.
  • The skipper Dinesh Karthik is in.
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    Out! Russel departs as Shami gets the breakthrough. Is it late for KXIP. May be not! May be there is some twist yet to come.

  • 14.5MShami to ARussell

    W
    OUT! Punjab have got the big fish they wanted. Shami has given them the big wicket. Mayank Agarwal breathes a sigh of relief. Shorter delivery on the body, Russell goes for the pull but top edges it. The ball goes high in the air towards deep mid-wicket. Andrew Tye keeps his eyes on the ball and settles under it to take the catch. It was in his bowling that Russell was dropped. But he helps out his colleague. Can Punjab crawl their way back into this one now?
  • 14.4MShami to ARussell

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    Good length ball on middle and leg, Russell looks to play it across the line but misses.
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    Four! Russel hits it hard and gets the gap

  • 14.3MShami to ARussell

    4
    FOUR! Short, wide and punished. Give Russell some room and he will not miss it. Length ball outside off, Russell smacks it through covers for a boundary. 50-run stand comes up between the two off just 28 balls.
  • 14.2MShami to ARussell

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    Shorter delivery on middle and leg, Russell looks to pull it over mid-wicket but misses.
  • 14.1MShami to SGill

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    Good length ball on the pads, Gill works it behind square for a single.
  • Mohammed Shami returns. 2-0-10-0 so far.
  • STAT ALERT - Andre Russell completes 500 runs in the League this season, becoming the third player to do so after David Warner (692 runs) and KL Rahul (522 runs).

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