The two teams met a few weeks ago. The match in the double super-over is considered the best in IPL’s history. When Kolkata Knight Riders-Kings XI Punjab face the return leg, the breathtaking match in Dubai will surely come to the fore. No, this time no exciting moment was born. In fact, Chris Gayle did not allow such an opportunity. Punjab’s smile in Sharjah is like the match in Dubai with the stormy bat from the Caribbean.
Gayle played a stormy inning on 51 of 29 balls. On the other hand, Mandeep Singh’s undefeated on 6 of 57 balls In it, the Kolkata Knight Riders made 149 runs for 9 wickets in 20 overs and the Punjab lost just 2 wickets. Lokesh Rahul has risen to number four in the points table after winning by 8 wickets 6 balls previously. Punjab 12 points at the end of 12 matches. Kolkata have the same number of points in the same match, but Eoin Morgan is at number five as they lag behind in the net run speed.
Punjab’s start was slow with a goal of 150 runs. Although he got a solid foundation, he made 47 runs in the opening over. Rahul, who is at the top of his form, could not go far even after a good start and made 26 runs of 25 balls with 4 limits. After his departure, the Punjab secured an easy victory in the Gayle storm.
At first, though, Gayle played a bit of watching. But over time, that is likely to change. He finished half a century in the rain at four-six and was looking for three runs from the team’s victory. He also won the match’s best award with the permission of his 51-run innings of 29 balls with 2 fours and 5 sixes.
Mandeep left the pitch after winning the match with a Caribbean batsman. He remained undefeated on 6 of 56 balls with 6 boundaries and 2 sixes. And the victory formality, Sara Nicholas Puran remained undefeated with 2 runs.
Lucky Ferguson and Varun Chakraborty took the two times Punjab lost.
Earlier, Punjab captain Rahul’s decision to line up after winning the roll was motivated by his bowlers. Kolkata’s line-up became chaotic at first. Nitish Rana (0) was out in the first ball. What will overcome this pressure, on the contrary, they do not have 3 gates for 10 runs. Mohammad Sami took two gates in a row with the fantastic start that Glenn Maxwell gave. Rahul Tripathi (8) and Dinesh Karthik (0) returned to the pavilion. Both were caught in the gloves of wicketkeeper Rahul.
In a difficult situation, Kolkata demanded Captain Morgan in time. England’s captain with limited challenge has met expectations. He added 71 runs for the fourth time with opener Shubman Gill. After Morgan’s departure with 5 boundaries and 2 sixes from 25 balls, Kolkata came under pressure again.
Sunil Narine (7), Kamlesh Nagarkoti (6) and Pat Cummins (1) joined the register one by one. Even then, Kolkata’s runs could go close to one and a half hundred and Gill and Lucky Ferguson at the end of the storm. In the opening rounds, Gill played an effective inning of 56 runs of 45 balls with 3 fours and four sixes. And Fagurson remained undefeated on 24 of 13 balls with 3 limits and a six.
Sami, who crushed Kolkata’s top order, took 3 wickets for 35 runs in 4 overs. Chris Jordan and Ravi Vishnu took two wings each.