Chris Gayle joined Okay.L. Rahul in a present of belligerent stroke-making to assist Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) simply overcome Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) by 9 wickets in a rain-curtailed IPL match right here on the Eden Gardens on Saturday. Gayle remained unbeaten on 62 hitting half a dozen sixes and was given equal firm by Rahul, who struck 9 boundaries and couple sixes for his 27-ball 60. This yielded a partnership of 116-runs (in 58 balls) for the opening wicket serving to KXIP choose up its first win on the venue since 2012.
Requested to bat first by the KXIP captain R. Ashwin, KKR scored 191 for seven however the goal was revised in accordance to the DL methodology following a rain interruption. The customer was requested to 125 runs in 13 overs, which the customer did simply to finish an emphatic win in 11.1 overs.
Given a giant goal to overtake, the KXIP openers obtained within the activity choosing up the KKR bowlers proper from the beginning. Rahul confirmed the best way with a flurry of boundaries earlier than Gayle started unleashing his trademark sixes. The 2 had been extreme on nearly all of the KKR bowlers, together with Shivam Mavi, Andre Russell and Piyush Chawla, to make the run chase look straightforward. Earlier than the rains set in KXIP had reached 96 for no loss in 8.2 overs and continued in the identical depth on resuming the chase after a break of 95 minutes. Chris Gayle, who had scored 63 and an unbeaten 104 in his earlier two outings towards Chennai Tremendous Kings and Sunrisers Hyderabad, aggregated 229 runs from three innings after his unbeaten knock of 62 (38b, 5×4, 6×6) towards KKR to be the present proprietor of the Orange Cap.
Earlier, Chris Lynn anchored KKR’s run compilation figuring in two huge partnerships to assist KKR convey up the massive whole. After Sunil Narine departed within the second over including only a run to his title, Lynn was joined by Robin Uthappa for a partnership of 72 runs (in 41 balls) for the second wicket. The host absorbed the early departure of Narine, the pinch –hitter, as Uthappa obtained within the attacking mode proper after his arrival. Uthappa (34) was scalped within the ninth over by the KXIP skipper as the previous mistimed a pull and ended within the arms of Karun Nair in deep midwicket. The host suffered one other blow as Nitish Rana who was run out by a fantastic effort from Ankit Rajpoot earlier than and Lynn skipper Dinesh Karthik resumed the run making. Choosing up his first half-century of the present season, Lynn made 74 (41b, 6×4, 4×6) whereas figuring in a 62-run (34 balls) partnership for the fourth wicket with Karthik (43) setting the stage for a giant rating.