KKR strolled home in their first home game of the season
Chasing a target of 170 at Eden Gardens, Captain Gautam Gambhir led the way with 72 off 49 balls, blazing 11 boundaries. Having dragged their side to a respectable score with cameos, KXIP were outplayed in the field comprehensively.
Cricingif takes a look at the top moments that shaped the game.
Despite some fielding lapses earlier on, KKR struck back with regular strikes in the middle overs to restrict KXIP to an achievable target. Umesh Yadav’s timely strikes of Maxwell, Miller, Saha and Axar dented Punjab’s late surge significantly – with the last his last three wickets coming in the 18th over.
Yadav restricts Maxwell’s charge
Miller howls out to midwicket
Saha follows Miller to the dugout
Patel goes for first ball duck
5 KXIP batsman scored in 20s, which is a record in T20 cricket. Miller and Vohra top-scored with 28 each while Amla, Maxwell and Saha added 25 each.
After being promoted top open the innings in the absence of Chris Lynn, Narine did more than enough with the bat to provide KKR a solid base. He struck 37 off 18 balls that included 4 boundaries and 3 maximums.
Narine smack Sandeep Sharma over long off
Narine goes over long on for his second maximum
Narine launches Aaron into the stands
Gambhir’s wristy work was on show as he led from the front to bat through the end. He smacked 11 boundaries, smacking KXIP bowlers all around the ground.
Gambhir smacks Sharma past point
Gambhir drills one through the covers
Gambhir smack Mohit Sharma through extra cover