Kings XI Punjab beat Kolkata Knight Riders by 8 wickets Punjab won by 2 wickets in 18.5 overs with a target of 10 runs. Mandeep Singh and Chris Gayle combined for the second wicket to give Punjab an easy victory. Mandeep Singh was Punjab’s top scorer with 66 not out. Chris Gayle scored 51 runs. This is Punjab’s fifth win in a row. With the win, Punjab overtook Kolkata to finish fourth.
Punjab started with caution. The Mandeep-Rahul duo took the innings without taking any risks, realizing that it was a small total. The Kolkata bowlers, who bowled well, also held Punjab back. The opening partnership ended in the eighth over. Varun Chakraborty gave Kolkata their first breakthrough by trapping Lokesh Rahul (28) in front of the wicket. At the end of 8 overs, the score was 47 for one.
Chris Gayle, who came in third, smashed Kolkata. Taking advantage of the small boundaries in Sharjah, Mandeep slowly started to increase the score with some excellent shots along with Gayle who easily cleared the boundary. Gayle, who kept the spinners and pacers on the ground, easily chased Kolkata out of the match.
Mandeep completed his fifty off 49 balls and Gayle off 25 balls. The duo put on 100 for the second wicket. With just three runs to go, Chris Gayle returned with a wicket to Loki Ferguson. Gail, who scored 51 off 29 balls, was caught by Prasidh Krishna. Later, Puran and Mandeep led Punjab to victory without any other losses.
Chris Gayle fires Kolkata ash, Kings XI Punjab win easily,
Kings XI Punjab beat Kolkata Knight Riders by an easy margin in the Indian Premier League. Kris XI Punjab won the toss and elected to field. Kolkata Knight Riders’ 150-run target was surpassed by Kings XI Punjab by 2 wickets. With the win, Kings XI Punjab activated their playoff hopes.
Captain KL Rahul and Mandeep Singh gave a good start for Kings XI Punjab, who came out on top in Kolkata. The duo added 47 runs for the first wicket. KL Rahul was out for 28 runs. Kolkata then abandoned the match when Chris Gayle reached the crease. Chris Gayle was the top scorer for Kolkata with 51 off 29 balls. Mandeep Singh (66 not out off 56 balls) was the mainstay of Chris Gayle’s side. Batting first, Kolkata Knight Riders scored 149 runs for the loss of 9 wickets.