In-form openers for the fielders, KL Rahul-led Kings XI Punjab maintained a perfect fort and length to avoid losing any catches, beating Eon Morgan’s Kolkata Knight Riders by 8 wickets in the 46th over. The Indian Premier League at the Sharjah Cricket Ground in the United Arab Emirates on Monday 26 October. Read more | IPL 2020, KKR vs KXIP 1st Innings Update: Subman Gill’s Solid 50 Kids Kings XI Punjab 149/9
Going into the field first after winning the toss benefited Team Punjab. Star bowlers Glenn Maxwell, Mohammad Shami and Arshdeep Singh do the magic they know. Maxwell flagged off today’s campaign for the unit. Without taking time, the Australian batsman attacked the Kolkata opener and easily removed Nitish Rana in the second over of the match.
In the second over of the match, Shamim also bowled beautifully as Tripathi dropped 7 (4) and Karthik 0 (2) one after the other. Despite losing the grip facing Captain Morgana and Gill on the Red team, death controlled the Coca-Cola unit by 149 runs.
Later in the innings, the team came down to the field with an admirable four, giving Kolkata all the reasons for being stressed. Though captain KL Rahul could not continue for long, his contribution of 28 off 25 balls strengthened the team.
But the fans were snatched away by the partnership of Gayle and Mandeep. The duo stitched a 100-run partnership off 60 balls before Gayle returned to the pavilion after scoring his fifty. Mandeep, on the other hand, was unbeaten on 66 (56), including two sixes and eight fours.
Speaking of the Kolkata squad, the team seems to have struggled in its batting and bowling line-up. Although Shubman Gill contributed more than 50 runs, his fifty wasted as the bowlers leaked several lengths to the opponents in the second ball of the match.