Indian Premier League, 2020

Kolkata Knight Riders vs Kings XI Punjab - Match 46

Venue: Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah

Date & Time: 26 October 2020

Kings XI Punjab 150/2

RR: 7.96 | Kings XI Punjab beat Kolkata Knight Riders by 8 wickets

FULL SCORECARD

Batsman R B 4s 6s
KL Rahul lbw Varun Chakravarthylbw Varun Chakravarthy282540
Mandeep Singh not out not out 665682
Chris Gayle c Prasidh Krishna & b Lockie Fergusonc Prasidh Krishna & b Lockie Ferguson512925
Nicholas Pooran not out not out 2300
Glenn Maxwell
Deepak Hooda
Chris Jordan
Murugan Ashwin
Ravi Bishnoi
Mohammed Shami
Arshdeep Singh
Extras 3 (b 0, lb 2, w 1, nb 0)
Total 150 (2 Wkts, 18.5 Ov)
Fall of Wickets
47-1 (KL Rahul,8), 147-2 (Chris Gayle,18.1),
BowlingO M R WEcon
Pat Cummins4 0 31 0 7.75
Prasidh Krishna3 0 24 0 8.00
Varun Chakravarthy4 0 34 1 8.50
Sunil Narine4 0 27 0 6.75
Lockie Ferguson3.5 0 32 1 9.14

So that is it from this game! Punjab move to the 4th spot and Kolkata slip to one spot below them. We have another exciting game on Tuesday as Delhi take on Hyderabad. It is an important game for both sides. So do join us as that game begins at 1800 local (1400 GMT). Till then, take care and goodbye!

Chris Gayle is named Player of the Match award for his fine knock! Gayle is all smiles and then says that he has been working hard, hitting the gym as well. Tells that it's all about the team and they still have a long way to go. On him running quick singles and doubles, Gayle says that it was important to adjust. Praises Mandeep for his superb knock. Says that he wanted to ease the pressure off him. Tells that it has been tough for him, losing his father. Adds that he wanted to win it for him and it was a special moment when he pointed skywards after getting to his half-century. Says that Narine has got him out quite a few times in the past but this wicket wasn't suitable for him and he wanted to make the most off it. Mentions that the coaches asked the senior members to step up for these games and is happy he could do so. Ends up by saying that the youngsters in the team are telling him not to retire.

Punjab skipper, KL Rahul, smiles and says that the entire team is really happy. Says they had a belief that things can turn around and the entire unit needs to be praised and not just one. Says that it is really difficult to stay away from family and then in the bubble. On Mandeep, he says that it has been a rough time for him but he stayed till the end and surely has made his father proud. On the two leg spinners doing well, Rahul mentions that Kumble is their coach so it is no surprise. Tells that he has worked really hard with both the spinners. Praises the entire support staff for the efforts they have put behind the scene. On Gayle, Rahul says that it was a hard call to leave him out from the first game. Adds that he always keeps the youngsters happy and positive and brings a lot to the dressing room. On the remaining games, Rahul says that they want to take one game at a time and wants to keep the momentum from here to the next game.

Mandeep Singh is caught for a quick chat! Says that this game was a very special one. Remembers his father and tells that his father used to tell him to always finish the game and remain not out. Says that he spoke to skipper Rahul before the game and told him that he wanted to play his natural game and adds KL supported him well. On batting with Gayle, Mandeep says that it was fun batting with him. Says that he told Gayle to never retire.

Kolkata skipper, Eoin Morgan, says that Punjab struck early and pushed them on the back foot. Feels they did well to counter-attack but adds they should've added more. Feels 180-190 would've been a great score. Tells they just kept losing wickets regularly. Hopes to adjust well in Dubai. Tells that their fate is in their hands only as if they can win the remaining two games, they can be in a good position.

The Kolkata bowling began brilliantly! Their bowlers kept it tight initially. Wickets is what they needed but that did not come. They did get Rahul but had no answers to the Gayle-Mandeep partnership. To be honest the bowlers can't be blamed. It was a poor batting effort from Kolkata and 150 was never going to be easy to defend on a wicket which was good to bat on and boundaries which are quite short.

A very convincing win for Punjab to make it 5 in 5! To be honest this total was always under par and it proved to be at least 30 runs short from being a competitive total. Rahul and Mandeep started things off slowly but that was fine when you are chasing 150. Rahul departed but then Gayle walked out and took the game by its scruff. He attacked the spinners who were managing to keep it tight till then and his innings not only released the pressure but got Mandeep going too. In the end, the two added a 100-run stand with both scoring half tons. Gayle did fall towards the end but Mandeep and Pooran ensured there were no more wickets to fall and took their side over the line.

18.5
1
Lockie Ferguson to Nicholas Pooran, Here's the winning run! Shortish and around middle, Pooran hops and drops it towards the leg side and takes a single. PUNJAB WIN BY 8 WICKETS! 
18.4
1
Lockie Ferguson to Mandeep Singh, A single now and the scores are level. Shortish and around off, Mandeep pushes it towards point and takes a quick single.
18.3
1
Lockie Ferguson to Nicholas Pooran, This time he pushes the ball towards third man for a single. Just 2 needed now.
18.2
0
Lockie Ferguson to Nicholas Pooran, Superb delivery! Full and just outside off, Pooran looks to defend but misses.
18.1
0
Lockie Ferguson to Chris Gayle, OUT! TAKEN! Gayle goes but he has done his job. A slower bouncer from Ferguson, Gayle first wants to leave it alone but at the last moment tries to run it down to third man. He knows the fielder is inside the ring. However, the ball hits the upper part of the bat and lobs towards short third man. Krishna does well to move forward and take the catch.
17.6
6
Pat Cummins to Mandeep Singh, SIX! BOOM! What a shot! Mandeep at his best. Cummins misses the yorker, by just but it is good enough for Mandeep. He gets under it and powers it over mid-wicket for a biggie. Just 3 needed in 12 balls.
17.5
0
Pat Cummins to Mandeep Singh, Banged short and on middle, Mandeep tries to upper cut but misses.
17.4
4
Pat Cummins to Mandeep Singh, FOUR! Top shot! Full and wide outside off, Mandeep slams it over extra cover and finds the fence.
17.3
0
Pat Cummins to Mandeep Singh, Full and wide outside off, Mandeep looks to reach out and squeeze but misses.
17.2
1
Pat Cummins to Chris Gayle, Very full and on middle, flicked down to long on for a single.

Pat Cummins is back on.

17.1
0
Pat Cummins to Chris Gayle, Nicely bowled! A yorker on off, Gayle jams it out.
16.6
0
Lockie Ferguson to Chris Gayle, Leg bye to end the over! Short and around middle, Gayle looks to help it towards fine leg but is beaten for pace. The ball hits his pad and goes to third man. 13 off the over. Just 14 more needed.
16.5
1
Lockie Ferguson to Mandeep Singh, Full and on middle, flicked through square leg for a run.
16.4
1
Lockie Ferguson to Chris Gayle, FIFTY FOR GAYLE! 2nd in the tournament for the Universe Boss! Full and outside off, Gayle looks to drive but gets an inside edge towards the keeper who fumbles. The ball goes behind and they take a  single. He flashes the BOSS written on his bat towards dug out with a big smile on his face. 25-ball half-century for Gayle.
16.3
0
Lockie Ferguson to Chris Gayle, Landed on a good length and around middle, tucked towards mid-wicket.
16.2
6
Lockie Ferguson to Chris Gayle, SIX! BANG! Gayle wants to finish it off quickly. Full and outside off, Gayle thumps it over long off for a biggie.
16.1
4
Lockie Ferguson to Chris Gayle, FOUR! Not from the middle but Gayle won't mind. Short and around off, Gayle looks to pull but gets a top edge that flies over short fine leg for a boundary.

Lockie Ferguson returns. 2-0-17-0 are his figures so far.

DRINKS! 27 needed in 24 balls. Mandeep Singh has crossed his half ton. Gayle is in a mood too. Punjab are on the course of a win here. Only some sort of magic can change things around for Kolkata. And we have seen magic happening in this tournament. Are we in for something again? Or will these two take the team home easily?

15.6
4
Prasidh Krishna to Mandeep Singh, FOUR! Excellent shot! Short delivery on middle, Singh pulls it over mid-wicket for a boundary.
15.5
1
Prasidh Krishna to Chris Gayle, Back of a length on off, Gayle pushes it towards covers for a run.
15.4
1
Prasidh Krishna to Mandeep Singh, 50 for Mandeep Singh! It has been a great innings from him so far! Full delivery on middle, Mandeep flicks it through mid-wicket for a single. Looks up in the sky and dedicates the knock to his late father whom he lost just a few days back.
15.3
0
Prasidh Krishna to Mandeep Singh, Length delivery on off, Singh keeps it out.
15.2
4
Prasidh Krishna to Mandeep Singh, FOUR! That is smashed! Short ball on middle, Mandeep pulls it over mid-wicket for a boundary.

Prasidh Krishna is back on. 2-0-14-0 from him so far.

15.1
0
Prasidh Krishna to Mandeep Singh, Back of a length on off, Mandeep keeps it out.
14.6
1
Varun Chakravarthy to Mandeep Singh, On middle, it is worked towards mid-wicket for one.
14.5
1
Varun Chakravarthy to Chris Gayle, Shorter and on middle, this is hit down hard towards long on. The fielder in the deep runs to his right, dives and pushes it back in. Saves three runs for his side.
14.4
2
Varun Chakravarthy to Chris Gayle, Two! This is outside off and quicker. It is guided past point for two.
14.3
1
Varun Chakravarthy to Mandeep Singh, On middle, this is worked through mid-wicket for one.
14.2
0
Varun Chakravarthy to Mandeep Singh, Tosses it up on off, it is pushed towards cover.
14.1
4
Varun Chakravarthy to Mandeep Singh, FOUR! Up and over! Fuller and outside off, this is lofted over covers and a boundary results. Brilliant start to the over.

Varun Chakravarthy to bowl out. 3-0-25-1 are his figures so far.

13.6
0
Lockie Ferguson to Mandeep Singh, Angled into the pads, Singh looks to heave it on the leg side but misses. It hits the pad and rolls on the leg side. A single taken. Leg bye. 46 needed in 36.
13.6
0
Lockie Ferguson to Mandeep Singh, A little too short. Mandeep evades it. Wided.
13.5
0
Lockie Ferguson to Mandeep Singh, Quicker again! Short and outside off, Mandeep looks to upper cut it but misses.
13.4
4
Lockie Ferguson to Mandeep Singh, FOUR! Put away by Mandeep Singh! This is fuller and angling into middle. Singh clears his front leg and hits it through mid-wicket for a boundary.
13.3
1
Lockie Ferguson to Chris Gayle, Misfield and a run! Shorter and outside off, Gayle guides it towards point. Rana there dives but fails to collect it cleanly. A single.
13.2
0
Lockie Ferguson to Chris Gayle, Shorter and outside off, Gayle looks to guide it down to third man but gets an underedge towards the left of the keeper.
13.1
1
Lockie Ferguson to Mandeep Singh, Outside off, this is guided down towards third man for one.
12.6
0
Sunil Narine to Chris Gayle, This pitched outside leg and then angles away. Gayle looks to flick but misses to get hit on the pads. Another good over for Punjab. They need another 54 in 42.
12.5
2
Sunil Narine to Chris Gayle, On the pads, Gayle works it through square leg for a couple.

Final few games left in this season! It is match number 46, with Kolkata taking on Punjab in Sharjah. A win for Punjab would not only mean their 5th in a row, but also the 4th spot in the points table, currently occupied by Kolkata. Rahul's side is fresh from an improbable win against Hyderabad where they snatched victory from the jaws of defeat. The batting is not exactly clicking but someone or the other is managing to play a long innings. Their bowling is the main reason for their renaissance. Kolkata, on the other hand, have been inconsistent but were excellent against Delhi on Saturday. Narine's return just lifted the team's spirits and one witnessed a fabulous performance. Question marks still prevail over their batting but they seem to have more answers than Punjab. The last time these two teams met, Kolkata managed to win by 2 runs out of nowhere. The last 3 words seem to have become a friend of Punjab of late and they would be itching for revenge.

Kolkata Knight Riders Team Squad -Eoin Morgan,Nitish Rana,Rahul Tripathi,Rinku Singh,Shubman Gill,Siddhesh Lad,Tom Banton,Andre Russell,Sunil Narine,Dinesh Karthik,Nikhil Naik,Tim Seifert,Chris Green,Kamlesh Nagarkoti,Kuldeep Yadav,Lockie Ferguson,Manimaran Siddharth,Pat Cummins,Prasidh Krishna,Sandeep Warrier,Shivam Mavi,Varun Chakravarthy

Kings XI Punjab Team Squad -Chris Gayle,Deepak Hooda,Karun Nair,Mandeep Singh,Mayank Agarwal,Sarfaraz Khan,Glenn Maxwell,James Neesham,Krishnappa Gowtham,Tajinder Singh,KL Rahul,Nicholas Pooran,Prabhsimran Singh,Arshdeep Singh,Chris Jordan,Darshan Nalkande,Hardus Viljoen,Harpreet Brar,Ishan Porel,Jagadeesha Suchith,Mohammed Shami,Mujeeb Ur Rahman,Murugan Ashwin,Ravi Bishnoi,Sheldon Cottrell