Mohali, May 3: Young Shubman Gill scored an unbeaten fifty and gave Kolkata Knight Riders an emphatic 7-wicket-win over Kings XI Punjab in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019 encounter here on Friday (May 3). With this win, KKR stayed afloat in the play-offs race by winning those crucial two points.
Chasing a par target of 184, KKR reached home for the loss of three wickets and 12 balls to spare. KKR skipper Dinesh Karthik hit the winning boundary for his team in a virtual eliminator for the two teams.
Gill, who opened the innings for KKR at his home ground, remained unbeaten till the end at and took his team over the line. The 19 year-old remain unbeaten at 65 off 49 deliveries and hit five boundaries and two maximums in his impressive innings.
While chasing the target, Gill and Chris Lynn (48 off 22 balls) gave KKR a breezy start in the powerplay. Lynn, in particular, was looking dangerous as the attacked Punjab bowlers in the powerplay. Before he was dismissed by Andrew Tye on the final ball of the powerplay, he had already forged an opening stand of 62 runs with Gill.
Later, Robin Uthappa (22 off 14) and Andre Russell (24 off 14) played some aggressive cameos as KKR always remained scoring at a decent pace. While Gill, on the other end, showed great skills and maturity to keep his wickets intact and keep scoring.
The youngster is now the only Indian youngster to have slammed 4 fifties in the IPL before the age of 20. Playing in front of his home crowd the Punjab-lad played some exquisite shots which even impressed veteran India cricketer Yuvraj Singh who took to his Twitter handle to praise the youngster for playing a matured innings.
KKR home in a canter, but victory was more difficult than appeared. Punjab perhaps a bowler short, yet nothing to take away from batting if Gill (particularly), Lynn, Russell and Karthik— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) May 3, 2019
Earlier in the day, Karthik invited Ravichandran Ashwin and his boys to bat first after winning the toss. His decision to chase was justified when uncapped pacer Sandeep Warrier removed Kings XI openers KL Rahul (2) and Chris Gayle (14) in the powerplay and pushed hosts on the backfoot.
However, Nicolas Pooran (48 off 27) and Mayank Agarwal (36 off 26) revived the Punjab innings and laid the foundation for a decent total. It seemed that the West Indies wicketkeeper-batsman would slam his first IPL half century but fell two short of it. Kings lost Pooran and Agarwal in quick succession and it seemed Punjab's innings will be restricted around 160.
You’re watching India’s next superstar - @RealShubmanGill! 💫— Kevin Pietersen🦏 (@KP24) May 3, 2019
But young England all-rounder Sam Curran smashed 24-ball 55 and remained unbeaten till the end to guide his team to a sub-par total. The left-handed batsman was given a reprieve in the 20s when Rinku Singh dropped him at mid-on and never looked back. Curran amassed 22 runs from the final over bowled by Harry Gurney and ended the Punjab innings in flourish and took the momentum in their dugout.
But Curran's cameo went in vain as KKR made the run chase look pretty easy as they reached home without breaking a sweat. With this defeat, Punjab's hopes of making it to the play-offs have all but ended while Kolkata live to see another day.
Here's how the match between KXIP and KKR panned out:
Shubman Gill, Man of the Match: It feels great, my first MoM at my home ground. Can't get better than this. It was important to build a partnership. The run-rate was going around 9-10, so that's when I decided I had to stay in there. Even some relatives from my village came to watch so it's great to play in front of everyone. We have one more match to go, and it would be very nice if we can win that and make it into the play-offs.
Dinesh Karthik, the winning captain: We live to fight another day. It's been a hard few days. (On his animated behaviour in the middle) I wasn't too happy with the way the bowlers and the fielders were doing, so I thought I should let the boys know what I felt at that time. It si rare, not many people have seen me angry. If I feel I need to be angry to get the best out of the boys, they maybe. The last over went for 10 runs too many, but we have to give it to Sam Curran. IPL is that kind of a tournament where someone comes in and scores runs for you, so there's that balance. It's a big ground, but we did the small things well. Ran well, put pressure on the bowler, and good execution on the batsmen. It's fair that we have given Gill a chance at the top of the order, and he has grabbed the opportunity with both hands.
Ravi Ashwin, losing skipper: It's been a par total. We have defended 175-180 before but we knew very well that there's gonna be dew in the second half and I thought they batted really well. Starting with Lynny and then Gill played superbly. We bowled well in the first three overs and then it just got a little away from us and obviously that edges didn't help. Massive positives for us with respect to Pooran and Sam. Sam batted beautifully, we all know he is got the ability and he's got the fight in him and he pulled off pretty well.
4,Wd,6,4! It's all over!! Dinesh Karthik hits the winning runs and KKR defeat KXIP by 7 wickets. They stay afloat in the play-offs race with a convincing win.
Emphatic, easy win for #KKR. And many positives too, none more than the composure of Shubman Gill. He is talented, true, but it is his composure that will take him far— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) May 3, 2019
1,1,1,4,1,1! 9 runs came from that Andrew Tye over and KKR reach 166/3. They need 18 from 18 balls.
1,1,2,0,0,2! 6 came from Sam Curran's over and KKR reach 157/3 in 16 overs. They need 27 runs from 24 balls. Can KXIP script a comeback from this stage? We'll have to wait and watch.
Wicket! Bouncer from Shami and Russell (24) could not time it well. Tye takes a good catch in the deep. KKR - 150/3 in 14.5 overs. Could there be any twist in this run chase?
Four! Andre Russell punches Shami towards cover region and gets a boundary. Nobody moved as it raced like a bullet towards the fence.
Yuvraj lauds young Gill for his matured innings.
Liked the way @RealShubmanGill is batting with maturity! Great to see a young gun learning quickly ,great signs for Indian cricket in the coming years , I guess credit to @ipl for creating opportunities for young talent @StarSportsIndia— yuvraj singh (@YUVSTRONG12) May 3, 2019
Dropped and SIX! Mayank Agarwal puts down Andre Russell near the boundary line and the ball bounces on the boundary rope. How costly is it going to be for KXIP? KKR - 145/2 in 14 overs. They need 39 from 36 balls.
Fifty! Shubman Gill completes his half-century with a boundary off Ashwin. Gill's father is dancing in the stands as his son shines.
Four! Andre Russell hits the slower-one from Curran very hard and the ball races towards the deep point boundary. KKR - 110/2 after 12 overs.
1,1,W,1,0,1! Just 4 runs and the big wicket of Uthappa for R Ashwin in that over. KKR 102/2 after 11 overs.
Wicket! R Ashwin strikes as he gets rid of dangerous looking Robin Uthappa (22). Mayank Agarwal takes a simple catch at long-off. KKR - 100/2 in 10.3 overs.
1,1,4,0,0,2! 8 runs came from that over bowled by Sam Curran. KKR reach 98/1 after 10. They need 86 from 60 balls.
KKR reach 90/1 after 9 overs. They are scoring at 10 runs per over and require 94 off 66 deliveries at 8.55 rpo.
4,6,4! Robin Uthappa gets 14 runs on three deliveries off M Ashwin.
SIX, Four, Wicket! Chris Lynn hits Tye for 10 runs and later gives a return catch to the bowler to depart at 46. KKR - 62/1 after 6 overs.
Four! Shubman Gill hits Tye for a boundary and brings up 51-run opening stand for KKR along with Lynn.
4,0,6,0,0,2! Chris Lynn attacks R Ashwin in his first over and gets 12 from it. KKR reach 47/0 after 5 overs in the run chase of 184.
0,4,4,4,1L,2! Big over from KKR's point of view in the powerplay. 15 came from it. KKR - 35/0 after 4 overs.
Four, Four, Four! Chris Lynn takes on the offensive and hammers three back-to-back boundaries against Arshdeep.
10 runs came from the second over and KKR reach 13/0 against KXIP. Shami to bowl his second over in powerplay.
SIX! Chris Lynn walks down the ground and pulls Arshdeep over mid-wicket for a maximum. Brilliant shot from the Aussie batter.
0,1,1,1,0,0! Tidy start from Shami as he concedes just 3 from the first over. KKR - 3/0 after 1st over as they chase 184.
2nd innings! Shubman Gill and Chris Lynn open innings for KKR as they chase 184. Mohammed Shami starts with the new ball for Kings XI.
Nicolas Pooran first revived KXIP after they lost openers KL Rahul and Chris Gayle in power-play. His knock of 48 in the middle overs ensured the hosts scored at a decent pace and Curran's late flourish took the hosts to a par total.
Fastest individual 50 in IPL 2019: 17 - H Pandya (91) - MI v KKR 18 - Pant (78*) - DC v MI 21 - Russell (65) - KKR v RCB 22 - Pollard (83) - MI v KXIP 23 - Russell (62) - KKR v DC 23 - Curran - (55*)KXIP v KKR (Mohali) - today
Four! Curran ends the over with a boundary and finishes #KXIP innings with a flourish as they reach 183/6 in 20 overs. 22 came from the final over. Brilliant effort from Curran, he takes the momentum in Kings' dugout.
Sam Curran is some cricketer, and so is Pooran. Despite regular setbacks, Punjab’s score is past 180. KKR boast many big strikers, but this chase wont be easy— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) May 3, 2019
Four! Sam Curran clears Gurney over extra cover and gets a boundary. KXIP 0 169/6 in 19.3 overs.
Sam Curran has the best run rate for KXIP in IPL 2019.
Sam Curran's Timing Rating of 163 is the highest of any @lionsdenkxip player this season. No player to face more than 25 balls has a higher run rate than Curran's 9.57 RPO; not even Gayle (9.52). @KKRiders #IPL #KXIPvKKR— The CricViz Analyst (@cricvizanalyst) May 3, 2019
W,1L,4,4,1,0! 10 runs and a wicket came from that over bowled by Russell. KXIP - 161/6 in 19 overs. Harry Gurney to bowl the final over for KKR.
Four! Improvised shot from Sam Curran as he gets a boundary towards fine leg boundary off Russell.
Wicket! R Ashwin (0) chops it on to his stumps as Andre Russell gets the wicket of Kings XI captain on the first delivery of his over. KXIP - 151/6 in 18.1 overs.
KXIP have reached 151/5 in 18 overs. They need to finish with a flourish now.
Wicket! Mandeep Singh (25) mistimes Gurney and Uthappa takes a simple catch at short extra cover. KXIP - 149/5 in 17.3 overs.
Four! Curran ends Narine's over with a boundary. 15 runs came from that over and they need more such overs to post a respectable total. KXIP - 147/4 in 17 overs.
Dropped! Rinku Singh puts down a sitter at mid-on and Sam Curran gets a breather. Narine - the bowler- and Karthik - the captain - must not be happy with the sloppy fielding.
Four! Sam Curran hits Russell towards long-off and finds a gap as the ball beats two fielders and races towards the boundary. KXIP - 132/4 in 16 overs.
SIX!! Mandeep Singh goes on the back foot and punches Chawla over his head for a maximum. The bat speed generated so much of power as the ball sailed straight down the ground. KXIP - 125/4 after 15 overs
0,1,1,W,1,1,2! 6 runs and Mayank Agarwal's wicket came from that over. KXIP - 115/4 in 14 overs.
Wicket! Suicidal Run Out and set Mayank Agarwal (36) has been dismissed at a crucial time. Rinku Singh covered a lot of ground to collect the ball threw it directly in the hands of Narine at non-striker's end and the bowler didn't have to do much, except dislodging the bails. KXIP - 111/4 in 13.3 overs.
1,1,1,4,1,1! 9 came from Sandeep Warrier's final over of the spell. He finishes with 2-31. Mayank Agarwal needs to play till the end. KXIP - 109/3 after 13 overs.
Four! Mandeep Singh cuts it late and gets a boundary towards third-man boundary off Warrier.
100 comes up for KXIP in 12 overs at the loss of three wickets. Mandeep and Mayank are present in the middle for the hosts.
Wicket! Nitish Rana breaks the partnership. Dangerous Nicholas Pooran (48) pulls the part-time spinner but plays directly in the hands of Warrier in the deep. He fell short of a well-deserved fifty. KXIP - 91/3 after 10.5 overs.
SIX!! Mayank Agarwal too joins the party as smashes Nitish Rana over his head for a maximum. KXIP - 90/2 in 10.2 overs.
Half-way through! KXIP have reached 84/2 after 10 overs. The partnership between Pooran and Agarwal is worth 62.
SIX!! Short-pitched delivery from Piyush Chawla and Nicolas Pooran uses the depth of the crease to smash him over mid-wicket for a maximum. Super shot.
5 runs came from Narine's second over. KXIP reach 73/2 in 9 overs. 50-run partnership between Pooran and Agarwal.
Dinesh Karthik didn't seem happy with his team's effort in the middle tonight. He was literally seen yelling at his teammates during the Time Out.
6,1,1,4,1,1! Another good over from Punjab's point of view as Pooran gets a couple of boundaries in that over. KXIP - 68/2 after 8 overs. Pooran is putting up a spectacle tonight.
SIX!! Nicolas Pooran smashes Piyush Chawla for a maximum on the first delivery bowled by the spinner. We have seen some clean hits from the batsman. KXIP must not be missing Rahul and Gayle now.
SIX!! Pooran hits Dre Russ over long-off for a maximum. Second six of the innings for him. Four! Pooran gets a boundary against Russell. He's looking in sublime touch.
2,1,2,2,6,0! Harry Gurney leaks 13 runs from his second over and KXIP reach 41/2 in 6 overs.
W,0,0,0,4,2! 6 runs and the big wicket of Chris Gayle came in that over bowled by Warrier. KXIP - 28/2 after 5 overs.
Four! Nicolas Pooran hits Warrier towards mid-wicket region for a boundary. He too opens his account with a four.
Big Wicket! Sandeep Warrier strikes again and this time he gets the wicket of 'Universe Boss'. Gayle (14) pulled the short-pitched delivery from the bowler and played straight into the hands of Gill in the deep. KXIP - 22/2 in 4.1 overs.
1,0,1,0,0,1! Just three runs conceded by Sunil Narine from his first over. If Mayank looked clueless against the mystery spinner, Gayle played his compatriot cautiously. #KXIP - 22/1 after 4 overs.
6 runs the big wicket of Lokesh Rahul came from that over bowled by Warrier. KXIP - 19/1 after 3 overs. Good start for KKR.
Big Wicket! In-form KL Rahul (2) mistimes the knuckle-ball from Warrier and Chris Lynn took a good catch at mid-off. KXIP lose their first wicket pretty early. KXIP - 13/1 in 2.3 overs.
0,1,0,2,0,0! Tight first over bowled by Harry Gurney as the conceded just 3 from it. The left-arm pacer mixed his slower ones well and didn't give any room to the batsmen to score any boundary. KXIP 13/0 after 2 overs.
0,1,0,1,4,4! Warrier conceded back-to-back boundaries on the final two deliveries of his first over by Chris Gayle. KXIP - 10/0 after 1st over.
1st innings! KKR players are walking into the middle. Chris Gayle and KL Rahul are into the middle to open the innings in a virtual eliminator for them. Sandeep Warrier starts with the new ball for KKR.
KKR (Playing XI): Chris Lynn, Shubman Gill, Robin Uthappa, Nitish Rana, Dinesh Karthik(w/c), Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Rinku Singh, Piyush Chawla, Sandeep Warrier, Harry Gurney.
KXIP (Playing XI): Lokesh Rahul, Chris Gayle, Mayank Agarwal, Nicholas Pooran, Ravichandran Ashwin(c), Sam Curran, Simran Singh(w), Murugan Ashwin, Mohammed Shami, Arshdeep Singh, Andrew Tye.
Ashwin: I would've bowled first as well, but I'll take batting too. We've lost players at the brink of the game, one of the captains was in fact kind enough to let me swap after the toss as well. We've got Sam Curran and AJ Tye back for us. Miller and Mujeeb are out.
Karthik: We're going to bowl first. After a long time, I won the toss so I was a bit confused as to what I should be doing, but they say there is a bit of dew out there. You have to control what you can control and I don't think you should be thinking too far ahead. We're playing with the same team.
Three changes for KXIP. Sam Curran and AJ Tye and Mandeep Singh are included in the Playing XI. David Miller and Mujeeb Ur Rahman and Prabhsimran Singh are OUT. KKR are playing with the unchanged side.
Toss: Dinesh Karthik wins toss, elects to bowl first against KXIP at Mohali.