Kings XI Punjab was successful in their latest tussle to slog the topper team, Kolkata Knight Riders. This was one of the three most required wins of the team. It was the last over hardliners from Mohit Sharma and Rahul Tewatia that changed the game. Tewatia created a sensation in his debut match taking down two wickets at an economy of 4.50. In the last five overs, Kolkata needed 50 runs to win chasing the target of 168. It was when Mohit began to deliver the slower deliveries and off cutters. It made Kolkata to lose wickets in the moment when they should have brought the winning runs. In the last two overs Punjab bowlers defended 29 brining the win into their side.
Punjab played without Hashim Amla and David Miller, the top guns in the team. The team started with Manan Vohra and Martin Guptill. By the end of powerplay overs, the team lost its openers while they could score only 41 runs. It was a brisk stance for Punjab. After the powerplay, Chris Woakes and Colin de Grandhomme strangulated the team as they scratched out only 22 in four overs. In 10 overs, all Punjab could score was 63 runs. It was Maxwell who picked up the pace hitting boundaries. In the inning, the batsman scored 44 off 25. Wriddhiman Saha delivered imperative boundaries to score 38 off 33 balls, bringing some life to the stretch. By the end, Tewatia helped with an 8 ball 15.
The chase was headstrong with Sunil Narine and Chris Lynn striking tough. Narine scored 18 off 10 balls hauling it to 39 in 3.4 overs. Chris Lynn, on the other hand, put up a steady strike. The batsman, returning from an injury knocked 50 off 29 deliveries. Lynn took the chase to 132, until he had to return in the 18th over. He scored 84 off 52 balls. The game could have been out of Punjab’s hand if Lynn stayed for a century, but the spinners not only nicked the match, but also the chance to scale up further on the charts.
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