Kings XI Punjab win keeps play-off chase alive

Then, Chris Woakes, KKR's bowler of the day, dismissed the unsafe Shaun Marsh (11, 10b, 2x4), who looked like he might be in the mood with a gorgeous straight drive, leaving Maxwell and Wriddhiman Saha to fix the innings.

Chasing a modest 159 for victory, KKR raced to 105 for no loss in just six overs, for a record IPL powerplay total.

Meanwhile, skipper Gautam Gambhir wasn't being given a chance to free his arms and he was struggling to hit boundaries. In the fourth over from Mohit Sharma, Narine continued to look for boundaries as he hit two identical fours, before being cleaned up on the fourth ball. Following this choice, Glenn Maxwell and Co. came to bat first.

Earlier, Kings XI Punjab lost wickets at regular intervals and could not get partnerships going as Kolkata Knight Riders restricted them to 167/6 in their designated 20 overs.

Sunil Narine (18) was first to fall with Knight Riders 39 runs into their chase, while Lynn stood firm to rack up 84 from 52 deliveries opposite a rotating cast of disappointing batting partners.




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 ideal start by hitting a boundary off the first ball. With Martin Guptill (12), Manan Vohra (25) and and Shaun Marsh (11) back in the dug out, leaving Punjab 56 for three in 9 overs, Maxwell and Wriddhiman Saha handled the innings with maturity, keeping the "run-ball" equation in mind.

Gambhir's 18-ball vigil finally ended by Tewatia (2-18), who also snared Robin Uthappa (0) in the same over after Lynn reached another quick fifty.

In the evening, several KXIP batsmen got off to starts, but none went on to make a big score.

Marsh fell to a gem of a delivery off Chris Woakes. He then hit two more boundaries off Umesh Yadav to up the ante. Maxwell picked up two sixes off Colin de Grandhomme in the twelfth over and pulled Ankit Rajpoot to the midwicket boundary in the thirteenth. The catch was taken and Tewatia had brought back Punjab into the game. The leggie went on to bowl a sensational spell conceding just 18 runs in his full quota of overs.

Kings XI Punjab 167 for 6 in 20 overs (Manan Vohra 25, Wriddhiman Saha 38, Glenn Maxwell 44; Chris Woakes 2 for 19, Kuldeep Yadav 2 for 34) beat Kolkata Knight Riders 153 for 6 in 20 overs (Chris Lynn 84; Mohit Sharma 2 for 24, Rahul Tewatia 2 for 18) by 14 runs.

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