IPL 2020, KKR vs KXIP: Mohammed Shami struck twice in one over to leave KKR tottering.© BCCI/IPL
Shubman Gill (57) and Eoin Morgan (40) counter-attacked after Kolkata Knight Riders lost three of their top four inside the first six overs. They added 81 runs in just under eight overs before Ravi Bishnoi dismissed Morgan, caught in the deep at square leg. Chris Jordan bowled Sunil Narine to turn the tables on KKR and put them in a tough position yet again. Kamlesh Nagarkoti and Pat Cummins departed cheaply to leave KKR tottering. Gill got to his fifty but failed to stay on till the end even as Lockie Ferguson hit some boundaries towards the death to carry KKR to 149. Earlier, Glenn Maxwell dismissed Nitish Rana in the first over to give Kings XI Punjab a great start. Mohammed Shami then struck twice in one over to send back Rahul Tripathi and Dinesh Karthik to put KKR in a spot of bother. KXIP won the toss and elected to field against KKR in Match No. 46 of Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 in Sharjah. (LIVE SCORECARD)
IPL 2020 Match 46 Live Updates Between Kolkata Knight Riders vs Kings XI Punjab, From Sharjah
Krishna bowls a full toss and Rahul takes full advantage by driving it down the ground for another boundary.
Finally, KL Rahul gets a convincing stroke off his bat. This was slightly short in length and Rahul hits this one over mid-on for a boundary.
He didn’t time it as well as he would have liked, but got four nevertheless.
KKR pacers maintain good areas with the ball
Both KKR pacers have maintained good areas here. Mandeep has been tied to his crease and as a result he goes for a release shot, hitting the ball over the infield on the off side.
Luckily for Mandeep, the ball lands safely, away from the fielder at mid-off who had been backtracking.
Prasidh Krishna starts well with the ball
It’s Prasidh Krishna from the other end for KKR and he makes up for the misfield in the first over with good areas with the ball.
Just four runs come from the second over.
Misfield on the first ball. That’s not what KKR are looking to do.
KL guides this ball from Cummins to deep point where Prasidh Krishna lets the ball slip through his hands and hit the boundary rope.
We’re ready for KXIP’s reply
150 runs are needed to win. KL Rahul and Mandeep Singh are out there to open the innings for KXIP.
Pat Cummins will bowl the first over for KKR.
KKR 149/9 in 20 overs
KKR finish on an underwhelming 149 for 9 as Kings XI bowl well at the death. Shubman Gill top scores with 57 runs and Eoin Morgan made a quick 40 off just 25 balls.
Mohammed Shami finishes 3 for 35 in four overs while Chris Jordan and Ravi Bishnoi finish with two wickets each.
WICKET! Chakravarthy b Jordan 2 (4)
Varun Chakravarthy walks across his stumps and tries to play the ramp, but misses the ball completely.
He has his stumps shattered as KKR lose ninth wicket.
Ferguson gets going at the death.
He gives himself room outside leg stump and hammers this length ball from Shami over covers for a six.
WICKET! Gill c Pooran b Shami 57 (45)
Shami comes back to bowl and gets the big wicket of Gill. This was an attemped yokrer that came out as a low full toss and Gill tried it hit it over wide long-on.
Gill fails to clear Pooran at the boundary and KKR lose their eighth wicket.
Lockie Ferguson, where were you all this time? That’s a question KKR should ask themselves as the big man from New Zealand looks in fine touch with the bat.
This ball was slightly wide of off stump and Ferguson slashes it behind point for another four. He has raced away to 14 off seven balls.
Runs coming at a quick rate in the past two overs.
Ferguson gets his second boundary as Jordan pitches one too full and gets driven through the covers for a four.
Gill gets a boundary as well. And this is a great shot!
A leg-break this time, and outside off stump, and Gill hits it over covers for another four.
Ferguson is the new man and he gets off the mark with a four. This was a googly by Ashwin and Ferguson read it well, opening the face of the bat and slides it past the man at slip for four.
WICKET! Cummins lbw b Bishnoi 1 (8)
Bishnoi didn’t get Cummins on the previous ball but gets his man on this one.
This was the googly and Cummins did not read that at all. The ball hits him on the front pad that was in front of the stumps and it looked like a straightforward decision for the on-field umpire.
KKR have no reviews left and Cummins has to walk back.
WICKET! Nagarkoti b M Ashwin 6 (13)
Nagarkoti fails to read Murugan Ashwin’s googly and loses his stumps.
The ball was pitched outside off and turned back in sharply, going through the gate between bat and pad to crash into the middle stump.
50 for Gill!
Shubman Gill brings up his third half-century in IPL 2020 and seventh overall in the league. He gets there at a quick rate, too, off just 36 balls.
He needs to play the anchor from here and let batsmen at the other end take calculated risks.
KXIP maintain their grip on the match
Just six runs off the last two overs have come for KKR as KXIP maintain a strong grip on the match. Gill needs to play the anchor now as there aren’t many established batsmen left in the line-up.
WICKET! Narine b Jordan 6 (4)
Narine has to go. This was the slower ball and kept a bit low after pitching. Narine went for a drive, playing the ball away from his body, and got an inside edge to his stumps.
KKR have lost half their side.
100 up for KKR as Narine upper cuts a short ball from Jordan over third man for four.
Gill is set at the other end and Narine may look to play in the same way as Morgan had done earlier.
WICKET! Morgan c M Ashwin b Bishnoi 40 (25)
Bishnoi gets the breakthrough.
This was a googly and Morgan decided to hit it against the turn, slog sweeping it towards square leg.
The man at the boundary, Ashwin, takes a simple catch.
A much-needed breakthrough has come KXIP’s way.
Gill keeps hitting them out of the ground.
Bishnoi pitches it up and and Gill pounces on it like a hungry cat, hitting it over long-on for a huge six.
Gill brings out the slog sweep.
He gets down on one knee and hits the ball over wide long-on for another six.
Runs are coming thick and fast for KKR.
At first glance it seemed like Morgan had mishit this one. But on this short ground even mishits go for sixes.
Morgan comes dancing down the wicket and looks to hit this over wide long-on. He manages to get a leading edge that carries the ball over conventional long-on for a six.
KXIP need a breakthrough.
Morgan hits this short ball over the short square leg boundary for six. The fielder at the edge of the rope jumped in an attempt to catch the ball but the ball flew just over reach.
Maxwell comes back into the attack and Morgan welcomes him with a heave over covers for four.
Morgan gives himself room and hits it over the infield, beating the men in the deep.
Gill follows the footsteps of Morgan.
He hoicks a good length ball from Shami over wide long-on for six and then flicks the next ball, much fuller in length, over mid-wicket for another six.
This is good, counter-attacking stuff from KKR.
KKR are 54 for 3 at the end of the Powerplay.
Timing and placement.
Just a bit of width offered by Shami outside off and Morgan places it behind point and times it perfectly for four.
Shami runs in to bowl and Morgan runs at the bowler to convert a good-length ball into a half-volley and thumps it over mid-on for four.
This is good, aggressive batting by the KKR captain.
Streaky but effective.
Morgan comes dancing down the wicket and Arshdeep tries to keep the ball away from the batsman by bowling it short and wide of off stump.
Morgan swings hard nevertheless and gets an outside edge that carries the ball over third man for four.
Short and wide outside off by Shami and Morgan absolutely hammers that through point for four.
KKR need more of these.
Gill breaks the shackles by clipping one off his legs to the square leg boundary for four.
Arshdeep Singh pitched this too full and on the pads, and that’s an easy picking for Gill.
WICKET! Karthik c Rahul b Shami 0 (2)
Has he got another? Yes, he has.
Karthik follows Tripathi to the pavilion, dismissed in an identical fashion. Another delivery with an upright seam and another delivery that moves away from the right-handed batsman.
Karthik pokes at it and gets an outside edge to the ‘keeper.
He reviews the decision, a rather odd call, as there is a clear spike on Ultra Edge.
WICKET! R Tripathi c Rahul b Shami 7 (4)
Another wicket! KXIP are off to a great start.
Mohammed Shami lives up to his reputation as he dismisses Rahul Tripathi in his first over.
Beautiful seam position by Shami there and the balls moves away but only just from the right-hander. Tripathi gets a faint edge on it as Rahul gets an easy catch beind the stumps.
Rahul Tripathi walks in at No. 3 and gets going straight away. He slog sweeps the fifth ball of the first over for a six over wide long-on.
KKR are up and running.
WICKET! N Rana c Gayle b Maxwell 0 (1)
KKR have lost their first wicket in the very first over.
The ploy to start with Maxwell has worked. He fires one ball down the leg side and Rana looks to sweep it behind square on the leg side.
However, he hits it straight to Chris Gayle at short fine leg.
Glenn Maxwell will bowl the first over for KXIP
KXIP start with spin here.
Nitish Rana and Shubman Gill are opening the batting for KKR.
We’re ready for live action
The last time these two teams faced off, KKR emerged victorious in a game of inches as Glenn Maxwell’s strike off the last ball of the match landed a few inched inside the boundary. KXIP needed 6 to tie the match but got only four runs.
Will we see another humdinger tonight? Let’s find out!
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