- KXIP – 137/10 (18.2)
- KKR – 141/4 (14.3)
KKR Win By 6 Wickets
The 8th match of the TATA IPL was a clash between Kolkata Knight Riders and Punjab Kings.
Punjab Kings coming off a thumping win over Bangalore, on the other end Kolkata came to this venue with a defeat to their name.
The beautiful stadium of Wankhede, Mumbai was all set to host this game.
KKR captain Shreyas Iyer won the toss and decided to bowl first, as has been the case in IPL throughout this year.
Punjab lost their Skipper early, Mayank Agarwal was stuck Infront of his pads on delivery from Umesh Yadav who has been sensational in this IPL so far with the new ball.
But the loss of this wicket didn’t halt the scoring pace of Punjab. The guy who came at number 3 Rajapaksa was in a different mood altogether he added 31 runs in 4 just balls with 3 sixes and 3 fours to his name.
It was a short cameo but was mighty effective to get going for Punjab.
Crumbling Punjab Middle Order
Despite getting off to a fabulous start, Punjab lost their way in the middle and kept on losing wickets.
At one stage they were
84 for 5 in the halfway stage.
Their good start completely perished after they lost Shikhar, Livingstone, and Raj Bawa at regular intervals.
They couldn’t recover from this loss and even after some nasty blows from Rabada helped them score 138 only, way less than what could have been.
Spin To Win At Wankhede
It was seen at the Wankhede Stadium that the spinners dominated the game, both the spinners of KKR, Sunil Narine, and Varun Chakravarthy spun the ball both ways and didn’t have an easy breather for the batter.
Their combined figures include 8 overs and giving away only 39 runs with 1 wicket,
Kolkata Steady’s Chase
Kolkata was off to a flying start, they lost Ajinkya early but their captain Shreyas and Venkatesh kept on going after the bowling.
They ended up with a powerplay score of 50 with the loss of 2 wickets.
Russel The Muscle
It was Andre Russel’s day at the Wankhede Stadium, he came at-bat at no 6 when KKR lost 2 wickets back to back and he looked on a different mojo tonight.
He has smoked 8 sixes in his inning of 70 from only 31 balls, simply unreal stuff
His inning helped KKR win this one by 6 wickets with 5.3 overs to spare
Rahul Chahar’s Resistance In Vain
From the bowling department of Punjab, the only bowler who stood out was Rahul Chahar.
He was brilliant tonight, was the one who brought them back into this game with a double-wicket maiden over and his overall figures were also phenomenal.
4 overs for 13 runs and taken 2 wickets.