Score after 20 overs, KKR 191-7, Shubman Gill 12*, Piyush Chawla 2*; Ashwin 4-0-33-1.
Australian Andrew Tye had a good outing with the ball as he picked up 2 wickets while conceding only 23 runs in his spell. This is a huge wicket for KXIP.
Skipper Kane Williamson (54) and middle-order batsman Manish Pandey (57 not out), however tried to narrow the gap between the runs but lack of support from other batters costly hugely.
After Rana and Uthappa's dismissals, Lynn, along with skipper Dinesh Karthik, took the charge of KKR's innings and put up 62-run partnership for the fourth wicket.
But if the biggest professional competition in cricket is about money and multi-crore rupee contracts, the IPL money meter has let down Chris Gayle by not keeping the pace with the batting performances of the "destroyer on the crease". They have lost their second match this season at the venue as Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) are making some serious statements with the way they are playing now. It all started with Lynn smacking Zadran through covers before thumping Ankit Rajpoot, who was playing his first game of the season, over fine leg fence. Gayle till date has earned only ₹52.56 crore in salaries for all 11 seasons of the IPL. KXIP, on the other hand, have looked equally impressive as they find themselves in the top four of the points table as well, with the only blemish coming against Royal Challengers Bangalore.
"He (Gayle) is a unsafe player". "A lot of people thought I'm too old". Time waits for no one, but I'm not here to prove anything to be anyone.
Speaking after the match Ashwin said: "Happier with this win, compared to the previous one". Hence it is predicted that Kings XI Punjab will win this match against KKR. However, the form of Yuvraj Singh will be a major worry and Aaron Finch has also looked a bit pale with his bat.
Russell, another explosive Jamaican, singled-handedly decimated Delhi Daredevils in his 12-ball 41 in their last match at the Eden. He made sure that he stayed there till the end. En route he also displaced Virat Kohli as the most run getter to acquire the Orange Cap. Apart from Dinesh Karthik, Andre Russell, Sunil Narine and Chris Lynn, Robin Uthappa can snap any bowling attack. "He is so powerful and he backs his ability when the ball is in his zone, to clear the boundary", Streak said ahead of their practice session at the Eden Gardens.
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