Kolkata Knight Riders stayed in contention to make the last available spot for the IPL 2019 Playoffs, but ended Kings XI Punjab’s hopes with a handsome seven-wicket victory in Mohali.
Needing 184 for victory after opting to bowl, KKR were powered by a fluent half-century from opener Shubman Gill, who stayed not out on 65 to steer his side to victory with 12 balls to spare.
KKR were given a solid start by openers Gill and Lynn, who powered the side to 62 in the Powerplay, with Lynn falling off the last ball of the sixth over, before he had smacked 46 from just 22 balls.
Ashwin and Shami took the wickets of Uthappa and Russell respectively, but couldn’t find any more breakthroughs as Karthik finished off the game with a rapid 21* from just 9 balls.
Earlier, after being put into bat, Kings XI Punjab suffered early setbacks with both openers KL Rahul and Chris Gayle departing without making much of an impact.
Pooran displayed some of his attacking prowess against both pace and spin, and added 69 runs for the third wicket with Mayank Agarwal. What once looked like opportunity lost, KXIP made up for it through handy contributions from their middle order.
Mandeep Singh and Sam Curran smashed handy boundaries towards the end to take KXIP’s total to a competitive 183-6, including Harry Gurney’s 20th over in which Curran took 22 runs to bring up a half-century off 23 balls.