After Mumbai Indians, Kolkata Knight Riders today would have been the second team to qualify the play-offs on May 9 but they have to wait till their next game as they lost the match number 49 of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 10 against Kings XI Punjab by 14 runs. Chris Lynn’s superb inning of 84 runs failed to storm KKR to victory while chasing a total of 168 runs in Mohali.
After this victory, KXIP have retained their fifth position with 12 points and while KKR are still at the second position with 16 points in their account.
Earlier, Kolkata skipper Gautam Gambhir won the toss and elected to field first. Following this choice, Glenn Maxwell and Co. came to bat first. Punjab had an average start but skipper Maxwell and wicket-keeper Wriddhiman Saha provided the much-needed momentum in between. And finally, by the end of 20 overs, Punjab ended up scoring 167 runs after losing 6 wickets.
To chase down the target, once again the pair of Sunil Narine and Chris Lynn entered the field and just like the previous game again Royal Challengers Bangalore, Narine gave perfect start by hitting a boundary off the first ball. The opening pair added a total of 39 runs in 3.4 overs before Narine was dismissed by Mohit Sharma for 18 runs off 10 balls.
After Narine’s dismissal, it was Chris Lynn alone who took the responsibility of scoring runs and kept on hitting handsome shots all across the ground. He scored his third IPL 10 half century and was heading towards his first ton. Meanwhile, Gambhir (8), Uthappa (0) and Manish Pandey (18) tried their best to accompany Lynn in this voyage but they failed and had to return to the pavilion.
By the 17th over, it seemed that Chris Lynn would single-handedly take his team to victory but unfortunately, in the 18th over he got run out and then the frequency of scoring runs deteriorated massively. After hitting 3 sixes and 8 fours, Lynn scored 84 off 52 balls.
In the last over, KKR needed 20 runs to take the game but they could only score 5 runs and lost the game by 14 runs.
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