IPL 2020: KKR wins last-over thriller, beats KXIP by 2 runs

IPL 2020: Catch the highlights between Kings XI Punjab and Kolkata Knight Riders, Match 24 of IPL 2020 at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi.

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KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal gave Punjab a sedate start.   -  IPL

Hello and welcome to the coverage of Match 24 of IPL 2020 between Kings XI Punjab and Kolkata Knight Riders at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi.

 

Check out our review of Saturday's doubleheader ft KXIP v KKR, CSK vs RCB on Sportstar Extras

 

Kolkata Knight Riders beats Kings XI Punjab by 2 runs.

Punjab 151/4 after 19 overs: Two wickets including that of KL Rahul and Kolkata is right back in this. Punjab needs 14 runs off 6 balls.

Punjab 145/2 after 18 overs: Nicholas Pooran departs and this chase is going down the wire. Rahul holds key. Punjab requires 20 runs in 12 balls.

Punjab 143/1 after 17 overs: Seven runs comes from Chakravarthy's over and Punjab requires 22 runs in 18 deliveries.

Punjab 136/1 after 16 overs: Nicholas Pooran has teed off ever since his arrival and he makes it 19 off Nagarkoti's over. Punjab on cruise mode.

Punjab 117/1 after 15 overs: Nicholas Pooran joins KL Rahul after Mayank Agarwal's departure and his promotion to No.3 is a good call. Punjab needs to close before the mandatory 20 overs to boost its net run-rate.

Punjab 113/0 after 14 overs: Andre Russell has limped off the field, once again and this is a huge blow for Kolkata. Meanwhile, Rahul and Mayank are motoring on nicely. Punjab needs 52 runs in 36 balls.

Punjab 106/0 after 13 overs: Fifties for KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal and this has been an exhibition by two of finest players Karnataka has produced with another Karnataka and India stalwart Anil Kumble applauding from the sheds. From running between the wickets and threading the gaps, both batsmen have been exceptional. Need to finish this on a strong note.

Punjab 94/0 after 12 overs: Both openers are approaching their fifties and Mayank is just one short of his half-century. Been excellent from senior India players and the Punjab dugout is fairly relaxed.

Punjab 86/0 after 11 overs: Mayank Agarwal has picked up as he dispatches Nagarkoti for two consecutive boundaries and Punjab is doing easily at the moment. Kolkata needs wickets.

Punjab 76/0 after 10 overs: Kolkata needs wickets and in cluster as currently both Rahul and Mayank are going well and are in no hurry.

Punjab 67/0 after 9 overs: Having got their eye in, either of the openers need to tee off just to make sure, in case of a collapse, the batsmen following shouldn't be left with too much.

Punjab 62/0 after 8 overs: Excellent running between the wickets and both Mayank and Rahul are complementing each other. The good part is Punjab is at par with the required run-rate.

Punjab 54/0 after 7 overs: KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal raise the 50-run stand and it's been a good start in chase 165. Andre Russell's availability will be crucial for Kolkata at the death.

Punjab 47/0 after 6 overs: KL Rahul is in such fine touch and this time pulls Nagarkoti through the mid-wicket for a boundary. Both openers took time and are now gradually opening up.

Punjab 36/0 after 5 overs: KL Rahul gets into the act with a fine pull off Pat Cummins to the fine leg boundary and he was in total control of the shot.

Punjab 28/0 after 4 overs: Mayank has decided to attack and the opener plays a couple of gorgeous shots to make a move on. First, he drills a half-volley through mid-on and then smacks Prasidh flat over extra-cover for a maximum.

Punjab 14/0 after 3 overs: Top stuff from Pat Cummins as the fast bowler is testing the batsmen. No width on offer, bowling tight lengths and slipping in the odd bouncer, Mayank and Rahul are yet to scre freely. Kolkata calling the shots at the moment.

Punjab 8/0 after 2 overs: Andre Russell drops KL Rahul and then limps off the field after hitting his foot against the advertising boards. Chris Green is on the field for Russell. Meanwhile, both Rahul and Mayank are biding time and have given their team a steady start.

Punjab 3/0 after 1 over: KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal are off the mark and it's been an excellent start from Pat Cummins. Just three from it.

Alright Punjab needs 165 to stay alive and out walk KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal. And for KKR, it will be Pat Cummins with the new ball.

End of Innings: KKR 164/6 after 20 overs

Kolkata 155/5 after 19 overs: Excellent from Arshdeep Singh as he gets Andre Russell and gives just nine in the penultimate over.

Kolkata 146/4 after 18 overs: Dinesh Karthik slams joint fastest IPL fifty 22-ball 50 but Kolkata loses Shubman Gill. Nevertheless, Gill has played his part with a brilliant half-century.

Kolkata 133/3 after 17 overs: Dinesh Karthik is toying with the Punjab bowlers and this time attacks Chris Jordan with a boundary, then a fabulous six and then a boundary as 18 runs come from the over.

Kolkata 115/3 after 16 overs: Dinesh Karthik has found some form with three cracking shots as 14 runs come off Arshdeep Singh's over.

Kolkata 101/3 after 15 overs: Excellent half-century by Shubman Gill and this is a crucial one under testing conditions. The 100 is up for Kolkata and Punjab will aim wickets along with some fone death bowling.

Kolkata 91/3 after 14 overs: Dinesh Karthik breaks away from the schakles and just manages to clear the long-on fence. Mujeeb finishes his spell and records figures of 4-0-44-0.

Kolkata 75/3 after 13 overs: Mujeeb and Bishnoi are bowling well in tandem but Shubman Gill is well-set although his strike-rate is a tad low compared to his usual outings. Couple of important overs.

Kolkata 68/3 after 12 overs: Mujeeb has bounced back nicely as he gives just four from his over. Kolkata in desperate need for some momentum.

Kolkata 64/3 after 11 overs: Ravi Bishnoi breaks the stand and he removes the well-set Eoin Morgan for a 23-ball 24. Dinesh Karthik joins Shubman Gill.

Kolkata 60/2 after 10 overs: Mujeeb is being expensive as Morgan gets a move on with a six into the deep mid-wicket stands. Punjab needs to break this stand.

Kolkata 49/2 after 9 overs: Top stuff by Ravi Bishnoi as he gives just four from his opening spell. This has been a better show with the ball so far, from Punjab.

Kolkata 45/2 after 8 overs: It's been a slow start by KKR and both Morgana and Gill will try to make a move on from now.

Kolkata 38/2 after 7 overs: Expensive from Mujeeb as he goes for 13 with Morgan pulling out a stylish reverse sweep as Kolkata rebuilds.

Kolkata 25/2 after 6 overs: Second lowest total in PowerPlay. Excellent start by Punjab and it needs to build the pressure more and get another wicket.

Kolkata 19/2 after 5 overs: Chris Jordan allows Shubman Gill to release the pressure by straying on the pads and Gill puts it to the boundary. Punjab will aim to pick one more and further push Kolkata.

Kolkata 15/2 after 4 overs: Punjab wanted a good start and it has got as a complete breakdown in communication saw Nitish Rana and Shubman Gill standed at the striker's end with Rana, eventually having to depart after being run-out. Poor start by KKR and England captain Eoin Morgan is out early in the middle.

Kolkata 13/1 after 3 overs: Mohammed Shami strikes and Rahul Tripathi's clumsy stay at the crease ends. The in-dipper around middle and leg, Tripathi plays all around it only to see his stumps clattered. Nitish Rana joins Shubman Gill.

Kolkata 7/0 after 2 overs: Excellent from Arshdeep Singh as he starts his spell with a maiden. Slow start by KKR.

Kolkata 7/0 after 1 over: Shubman Gill gets the first boundary for KKR and is off the mark but Rahul Tripathi is yet to get on the scorecard. Shami gives seven in his first over.

Mohammed Shami will start the afternoon proceedings with Rahul Tripathi on strike. Here we go!

The players are done with their warm-ups and out comes the Punjab side with KL Rahul donning the Orange Cap. For Kolkata it will be Shubman Gill along with Rahul Tripathi, who cashed in when asked to open the innings.

Alright we are set to roll in what promises to be a cracker of a Saturday. First up, it's the clash between Punjab and Kolkata followed by Chennai vs Bangalore. If you have just tuned in, Kolkata won the toss and asked Punjab to bowl first.

Toss: Kolkata Knight Riders wins toss, elects to bat first.

Playing XI

Kings XI Punjab: KL Rahul(c), Mayank Agarwal, Mandeep Singh, Nicholas Pooran, Simran Singh(w), Glenn Maxwell, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Chris Jordan, Ravi Bishnoi, Mohammed Shami, Arshdeep Singh

Kolkata Knight Riders: Rahul Tripathi, Shubman Gill, Nitish Rana, Sunil Narine, Eoin Morgan, Andre Russell, Dinesh Karthik(w/c), Pat Cummins, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Prasidh Krishna, Varun Chakravarthy

Dinesh Karthik: The wicket looks dry so we'll have a bat first. As the tournament progresses we'll get the right batting order, but it worked well in the last game. Mavi has a few niggles so Prasidh comes in for him.

KL Rahul: We have a lot of experience like Anil, Andy and Jonty. We have Gayle and Maxi and seniors who have kept it positive. We just haven't turned it around in the big moments that's why we are at the bottom of the table. Jordan comes in for Cottrell, who has a niggle and might miss out on a couple of games.

Glenn Maxwell retains his place as Chris Gayle continues to sit out.

Chris Gayle is likely to be in the Kings XI Punjab line-up, which means Glenn Maxwell, owing to his poor form will have to sit out.

Last season, Kolkata got the better of Punjab in both the outings. In the first match featuring the two sides, KKR won by 28 runs and in the other match, it claimed the victory by seven wickets.

The two teams have faced each other 25 times in the IPL so far, with KKR holding a 17-8 head-to-head win/loss record over KXIP.

The Preview

An inconsistent middle-order has been an area of concern for Kolkata Knight Riders in this edition of the Indian Premier League. When it takes on an under-fire Kings XI Punjab at Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi on Saturday, the spotlight will be on Andre Russell and skipper Dinesh Karthik.

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The build-up

After struggling to get its opening combination right in the first four games, the Knight Riders seem to have finally found a right pair in Shubman Gill and Rahul Tripathi - who proved his mettle with a gritty 81 off just 51 deliveries against Chennai Super Kings.

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Squads (Predicted XI)

Kolkata Knight Riders: Rahul Tripathi, Shubman Gill, Nitish Rana, Sunil Narine/Tom Banton, Eoin Morgan, Andre Russell, Dinesh Karthik (captain and wicketkeeper), Pat Cummins, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Shivam Mavi, Varun Chakravarthy.

Kings XI Punjab: KL Rahul (captain), Mayank Agarwal, Chris Gayle, Prabhsimran Singh/Mandeep Singh, Nicholas Pooran (wk), Sarfaraz Khan, Mujeeb ur Rahman, Arshdeep Singh, Sheldon Cottrell, Mohammad Shami, Ravi Bishnoi.

Match No 24 - Kings XI Punjab vs Kolkata Knight Riders

Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi

Time: 3.30