Kings XI Punjab managed to pull a close win over Kolkata Knight Riders in the 49th game of Indian Premier League. Glenn Maxwell and co. will remind themselves that the job is not done yet as they will have to win their remaining fixture to make it through to the playoffs of the competition. The home side Punjab fought hard despite Chris Lynn’s early onslaught in the chase. Mohit Sharma raised his game with the ball to help Kings XI seal a crucial win.
Kolkata Knight will have to blame their batting not to finish the job after getting off to great start as the visitors were comfortably placed at 78 for 1 after 9.2 overs. Rahul Tewatia who was playing in his first game as he took out Gambhir and Uthappa in his second over to turn the tide in favor of Punjab. Sunil Narine could recreate magic with the bat from the last game as he fell for 18 runs.
Lynn continued to press on as he charged against Aksar Patel and Matt Henry in the early overs of the chase. He held the innings together as Manish Pandey struggled for timing on a surface showing signs of slowdown. Lynn added 52 runs with Pandey to keep Kolkata went on the track to chase down the score. Pandey fell at a crucial time as Matt Henry got a breakthrough for Punjab. Lynn also got run-out soon after Pandey’s departure to see Kolkata lose momentum as home side look well on top. He smashed 84 runs off 52 balls in his innings. He smoked three sixes as Kolkata needed 37 runs off 17 balls. Mohit Sharma got the big wicket of Yusuf Pathan to see Kolkata lose their hope of winning the game. Sharma looked in top-gear with the ball in hand bowling cleverly in the last overs of the innings. Rahul Tewatia turned out to be unlikely hero for Punjab as leg-spinner took two wickets conceding 18 runs from his 4 overs.
Earlier in the game, Maxwell led the way with the bat to score 44 runs off 25 balls as Captain formed a partnership of 71 runs with Wriddhiman Saha to help Punjab post 167 runs on the board. Saha proved to be perfect foil for Maxwell at the other end. Chris Woakes and Kuldeep Yadav took two wickets apiece in the game.