IPL 2019, KKR vs KXIP, highlights: All-round Andre Russell, batsmen power Kolkata to 28-run win over Punjab
IPL 2019, KKR vs KXIP, as it happened: Catch all the highlights of the Match 6 of the Indian Premier League between Kolkata Knight Riders and Kings XI Punjab through our blog..
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As It Happened: Kolkata Knight Riders beat Kings XI Punjab by 28 runs to win their second match on the trot. Batting first, KKR posted 218/4 in 20 overs while KXIP could only muster 190/4. Andre Russell hit 48 off 17 and then picked up two wickets as well to complete a stunning all-round show. ((Full scorecard))
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Kolkata Knight Riders beat Kings XI Punjab by 28 runs to win their second match on the trot. Batting first, KKR posted 218/4 in 20 overs while KXIP could only muster 190/4. Andre Russell hit 48 off 17 and then picked up two wickets as well to complete a stunning all-round show.
KXIP managed to score 13 runs from the last over but in the end it wasn’t enought as Punjab fell short by 28 runs in the end. Miller remained not out on 59 while Mandeep hit 33*. Andre Russell was the pick of the bowlers as well as he picked up two crucial wickets.
Half-century for Miller
15 runs came from the penultimate over of the innings but KXIP still need 42 runs to win. David Miller completed his well-deserved half-century but there is no celebration from the South Africa as the writing is on the wall now.
KKR edge closer to win
Prasidh Krishna kept things tight in the 18th over and gave away just 10 runs off it which might sound like a lot but as the situation at the Eden Gardens, it is a good over. KXIP need 58 runs off the final two overs and that seem like an impossible task at the moment.
Punjab need boundaries
For Kings XI Punjab, they need David Miller to be on strike for the majority of the 18 balls that are left in the innings. And even if it happens, there is now guarantee that KXIP will go over the line. As things stand, KKR are winning this match by some distance.
Mandeep makes intentions clear
Mandeep Singh gets off to a great start in the innings as he hits a huge six off Lockie Ferguson so as to say that the match isn’t over yet. Although KXIP need unreal number of boundaries to win the match from here, the batsmen are not downing their tools just yet.
Mayank Agarwal went for the big heave but missed the line of the delivery completely and the ball uprooted the leg stump. Punjab have lost their fourth wicket as Agarwal heads back into the hut for 58. The asking rate has gone pat 18 now and that could be why Agarwal attemped such a rash shot.
KXIP moving along nicely
Kuldeep Yadav had bowled a good over until then but David Miller ruins it by hitting a boundary towards extra cover on the fifth ball. Andre Rusell made a diving effort but his feet touched the ropes and boundary was given. Kuldeep gives away 9 runs from the over.
Fifty for Agarwal
Mayank Agarwal brings up his well-deserved half-century and he does in good time as well. This is Agarwal’s 4th IPL fifty and he of all people would know that the job is not done yet. Punjab now need 95 off 36 deliveries.
KXIP moving along nicely
Mayank Agarwal sweeps Piyush Chawla for a huge six and with that he moves into his 40s. Also, the 50-run stand comes up between Agarwal and Miller. KXIP are having a real go at the target with these two in the middle/
19 runs from Narine over
David Miller hit a four and six off two deliveries from Narine and then took a single. Mayank Agarwal then hit two boundaries off the last two balls as KXIP rake in 19 runs from the over. With that, KXIP are over the 100-run mark as well.
Ferguson drops a sitter
David Miller hit a delivery straight down the throat of the fielder at deep backward square but Lockie Ferguson spilled an easy chance but did manage to keep the ball inside. Kuldeep Yadav is furious as Miller had hit the last delivery for a huge six.
Welcome boundary for Agarwal
The spinner have spun a web around the batsmen and they are not giving any room for the batsmen to score boundaries. Agarwal finally found some room on the one side and clipped a Sunil Narine delivery off his pads for his fourth boundary of the innings.
Expensive over from Kuldeep
David Miller swept a Kuldeep Yadav delivery for a boundary in front of square and that will definitely build some confidence for the away side. In total, Kuldeep concedes nine runs from his overs and it was good one for KXIP against the run of play.
Andre Russell has now done the trick with the ball as he takes the wicket of Sarfaraz Khan. The right-hander top-edges the delivery and keeper Karthik takes an easy catch slightly right to the stumps. KXIP have lost their third wicket now.
Good first over from Kuldeep
Kuldeep Yadav concedes just four runs from his first over of the night and kept things tidy. The bowlers know the onus is on KXIP batsmen to attack the deliveries as the required rate is going up with every passing over. Maryank and Sarfaraz will have to come up with something special now.
Weird boundary for KXIP
Mayank Agarwal defends the ball towards point and takes a single off Prasidh Krishna. Nitish Rana throws the ball towards Andre Russell who was fielding a mid off. The all-rounder lost the ball in the lights and tried to save his head with his hands. The ball trickled away for a boundary towards mid wicket and the umpire gave it four over throws. The KRR players surrounded the umpires but to no avail as the four runs stood.
Gayle is dismissed
KKR have nicked the crucial wicket of Chris Gayle and the home supporters have gone wild. In trying to hit Russell for a six down the ground, Gayle top-edges the ball into the hands of the fielder at mid-on. For a brief moment, it looked like Prasidh Krishna and Sunil Narine (who was fielding at mid off) will collide but Krishna did well to take the catch and move out of the day. Gayle falls for 20.
Gayle on the attack now
Chris Gayle makes a mess off a good over from Lockie Ferguson as after four dots, he hits the bowler for a four and six down the ground. Gayle could have been out on the fifth delivery but the ball went over the head of the fielder at long-on. Gayle survived and made the bowler pay.
Agarwal off to a good start
Mayank Agarwal starts off his innings by hitting couple of boundaries in as many deliveries in the third over against Prasidh Krishna. And just when it seemed like the pacer had pulled things back by bowling three dots, Agarwal flicks the ball off his pads for the third four of the over. Another expensive over from Krishna.
Early breakthrough for KKR
KL Rahul tries to play the ball on the up but his timing was way off and Kuldeep Yadav takes an easy catch at mid-off. First wicket of the night for Lockie Ferguson as KKR are off to a great start. Mayank Agarwal now walks out in the middle and he will look to put the team back on track in this huge chase.
Gayle off to a flier
Chris Gayle has gotten KXIP off to a flying star as he hits a six and a four to begin the innings. Paridh Krishna has been put under the pump straight away as Gayle makes his intentions clear.
KXIP chase about to begin
The players are now making their way out on the middle as we are about to get underway with the chase. Chris Gayle and KL Rahul are set to begin proceedings and the onus will be on them to give the team a flying start in the innings.
Top three team totals for Kolkata Knight Riders in IPL -
245/6 vs KXIP at Indore, 2018
222/3 vs RCB at Bengaluru, 2008
218/4 vs KXIP at Kolkata, 2019 (tonight)
Tidy last over from Andrew Tye as he gives away just 8 runs and it was made possible only because Russell was caught out at the mid wicket ropes by Mayank Agarwal on the fourth ball of the over. Uthappa hit a boundary to finish the innings for 218/4 in 20 overs. It is going to be a tough ride for the away side in chase.
Russell now crushes Shami
One has to feel for Shami as even after getting him out, Russell is out in the middle and he has now hit the India pacer for 25 runs in the over. He his three maximums on the trot and then slapped the ball for a boundary towards extra cover. This is the second 25-run over of the innings.
Russell goes berserk
Andre Russell is making the most of his second life as he is hitting everything out of the park. In the 18th overs, he went 6,4,4,6 off the last four balls from Andrew Tye, who conceded 22 runs from his over. Stunning batting from Russell as KXIP bowlers seem to be out of ideas at the moment.
Russell is out... no he is not!
Mohammed Shami thought he had gotten the crucial wicket of Andre Russell when he made a mess of his stumps with the help of a stunning yorker. But the umpire has now declared that it is a no-ball as there were only three fielders inside the circle. Ashwin is furious but in all honesty it is his mistake. Shami cannot believe his luck.
Half-century for Uthappa
After Rana, Uthappa has now gone over the 50-run mark as he completes his half-century off 41 deliveries. This is Uthappa’s 24th IPL fifty and it has been a magnificent knock thus far.
Varun Chakravarthy finally has his man as he gets rid of Nitish Rana for 63. Maiden wicket for the young spinner as Rana gives away an easy catch to Mayank Agarwal at long-on.
Fifty for Rana
Nitish Rana completes his well-deserved half-century and he brings it up in style by hitting a boundary against Viljoen. Back to back fifties for Rana as he has been sublime form for KKR and leading their batting line-up. He then celebrates his fifty with a six and four off the next two deliveries.
Mandeep decision hurts KXIP
Ashwin threw the ball to Mandeep in order to break this partnership but the decision backfired spectacularly as he concedes 18 runs off it. Uthappa started the over with a four towards point
Another costly over from Ashwin
Ashwin has been taken for plenty today and he finishes with 0/47 in four overs. He concedes 16 runs in his last over of the innings where Nitish Rana hit two huge sixes off successive deliveries (one wide in between).
Excellent over from Viljoen
Just what the doctors ordered for the away side as Viljoen stems the flow of runs and gives away just three runs from his over. KXIP need more of such overs as KKR batsmen are moving at a rapid pace.
Nitish Rana now hits a flat six over long-on off Ashwin and with that, the 50-run partnership is also up between Rana and Uthappa. The duo have steadied the ship well after the loss two quick wickets and are dealing in boundaries at the moment.
Ashwin reeling under pressure
Nitish Rana now hits a huge maximum off R Ashwin as the ball sails over the long-on boundary. KKR need Rana to come up with a big innings here and propel the score to a big one. Uthappa has also been dealing in boundaries on the other end and this bodes well for the home side. 11 runs came from Ashwin’s over.
Expensive over from Chakravarthy
Robin Uthappa now takes the attack to young Varun Chakravarthy as he hits two boundaries in his over. The young spinner has been targeted by the KKR batsmen and he is reeling under that pressure currently. He gave away 25 runs in his first over.
Huge six from Uthappa
Robin Uthappa shows his attacking prowess as he takes the attack to R Ashwin and hits him for a huge six over long-on. KKR need more of such blows to shift the pressure back on the visitors.
Good first over from Andrew Tye as he gave away just 2 runs off it. KXIP have pulled things back spectacularly are the early hitting by Lynn and Narine. The onus is on Robin Uthappa and Nitish Rana to steady the ship and build a good partnership here.
Debutant Viljoen strikes
South African pacer strikes in his first over in the IPL as he gets rid of the Sunil Narine for 25. Narine fell in similar style as Lynn as he too top-edged a delivery into the air and KL Rahul took a brilliant running catch. KXIP bowlers have hit back in sublime style.
Shami provides the breakthrough
Mohammed Shami has provided the crucial breakthrough that KXIP needed as he gets rid of the dangerous Chris Lynn. The right-hander went for one attacking shot too many as he top-edges a delivery into the air and David Miller took a brilliant high catch.
Lynn dealing in boundaries
Chris Lynn is now taking the attack to Mohammed Shami has KKR are off to a flier here. Lynn hits four and four off the first three balls of the second over from Shami to make his intentions clear.
Narine goes berserk
Sunil Narine is now taking the attack to 17-year-old debutant Varun Chakravarthy and he has simply ripped the confidence apart of the youngster. KKR score 25 runs off the second over as Narine goes 6,4,6,6.
Good first over from Shami
Excellent start for Kings XI Punjab in the match as Mohammed Shami concedes just one run off the first of the innings. Chris Lynn took a single on the first delivery and then, Shami bowled five dots to Sunil Narine.
Match about to begin
The players are now making their way into the middle and we are about to get underway at this iconic venue. Chris Lynn and Sunil Narine are opening the innings for the hosts while Mohammed Shami has the new ball in his hands.
Faceoff between the Jamaicans
Chris Gayle and Andre Russell, two X-factors for their respective sides hold all the aces this match
4: Chris Gayle is only 4 sixes away from completing 300 sixes in the IPL. He will become the 1st player to achieve this feat and no other player has even 200 sixes in IPL.
4: Russell is only 4 wickets away from completing 50 wickets in IPL. If he takes 5, then he can also become the 3rd bowler with 50 wickets for KKR in IPL after Narine and Chawla.
141: Piyush Chawla is the 3rd highest wicket-taker in the IPL after Mishra (146) and Malinga (154).
16.36: Andrew Tye has the best bowling average in the IPL (Min: 250 balls bowled).
6.56: Narine has the 2nd best economy rate in the IPL after Pollock (6.64) among the bowlers with 250 balls bowled.
12.8: Tye also has the best bowling strike-rate in the tournament (Min: 250 balls).
7: Narine has got most 4-wicket hauls in the tournament.
Kolkata: Chris Lynn, Nitish Rana, Robin Uthappa, Dinesh Karthik(w/c), Shubman Gill, Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Piyush Chawla, Kuldeep Yadav, Lockie Ferguson, Prasidh Krishna
Punjab: Lokesh Rahul(w), Chris Gayle, Mayank Agarwal, Sarfaraz Khan, David Miller, Mandeep Singh, Hardus Viljoen, Ravichandran Ashwin(c), Varun Chakravarthy, Mohammed Shami, Andrew Tye
KXIP have won the toss and R Ashwin has opted to bowl first. KKR skipper Dinesh Karthik says during the toss that they would have liked to bowl first as well. The hosts has named an unchanged side for this clash.
Sayan: KKR’s predicted XI
Chris Lynn, Nitish Rana, Robin Uthappa, Dinesh Karthik, Andre Russell, Shubman Gill, Carlos Brathwaite, Sunil Narine, Piyush Chawla, Kuldeep Yadav, Prasidh Krishna. Reason for this line-up
Pratik: KXIP’s likely XI
Chris Gayle, KL Rahul, Mayank Agarwal, Sarfaraz Khan, Nicholas Pooran, Mandeep Singh, Sam Curran, Ravichandran Ashwin, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Varun Chakravarthy, Mohammad Shami - Here are the reasons for it.
Sayan: Russell in ominous form
Andre Russell once again proved his worth in the last match by smashing 49 off just 19 balls against Hyderabad. Russell is the batsman with best batting strike-rate in IPL history. Moreover, Russell is among those batters who has hit more sixes than fours in the tournament. He has hit 72 sixes and 69 fours in the tournament so far. Russell has also the 2nd best balls/boundary in the IPL.
Pratik: Talking about spinners!
Since making his debut last season, Mujeeb Ur Rahman has been one of the most influential spinners in IPL picking up 16 wickets, only behind Rashid Khan (22 wickets), Kuldeep Yadav and Sunil Narine (both 17 wickets). Also, among spinners since last season, his rate of picking up wickets has been the best as compared to his contemporaries.
Sayan: Gayle struggles against spinners
Yes, Gayle enjoys a very healthy record at the Eden Gardens but against KKR spinners, he has struggled in the past. Against Sunil Narine, his strike rate drops to 85 while he has been dismissed by his compatriot twice before. Piyush Chawla too has got the better of him in the past.
Pratik: Universe boss on fire
Sayan before we get into another fight, let me put some Gayle stats out there - Eden Gardens is the venue where Chris Gayle has scored his second most number of runs in IPL only behind Bengaluru (1538 runs). Out of the 540 runs that Gayle has scored at this venue, 432 runs have been scored in boundaries (48 fours and 40 sixes) which accounts for 80% of his total runs.At Eden Gardens, Gayle has seven 30+ scores in 11 innings and it includes an unbeaten century and four half-centuries.
Hello and welcome
A very warm welcome to the live blog of the Match 6 of the Indian Premier League between Kolkata Knight Riders and Kings XI Punjab. Before the blockbuster clash between the two teams, we will bring you the live preview of the contest. My name is Pratik Sagar (cricket correspondent at Hindustan Times) and I will put forward the case of KXIP and why i think they will go on to win this contest. My fellow cricket correspondent Sayan Ghosh will put forward a case for hosts KKR.