KXIP vs KKR Highlights IPL 2020 Kings XI Punjab vs Kolkata Knight Riders Match Today Highlights: Kings XI Punjab Crumble At The Death As Kolkata Knight Riders Pull Off Another Heist

KXIP vs KKR IPL 2020: KKR bowlers held their nerves in crunch situation as they beat KXIP by 2 runs.© BCCI/IPL




Kings XI Punjab crumbled once again in a close game as Kolkata Knight Riders beat them by two runs, handing them their fifth consecutive defeat this season. KXIP’s over-reliance on their openers came to haunt them once again. After a century-stand between Mayank Agarwal and KL Rahul had put them in a commanding position, other KXIP batters failed to put the game to bed. The credit also goes to KKR skipper Dinesh Karthik whose smart bowling changes, despite being one bowler short, took the game deep, activating the panic button among KXIP’s inexperienced middle-order. With 14 needed off the last over, Sunil Narine bowled brilliantly to hand his side another win. Earlier, Dinesh Karthik led from front, scoring 58 off 29 balls, as KKR posted 164/6 in their 20 overs. Opener Shubman Gill continued with his good run this season and held the KKR innings together scoring 57 off 47 balls. Eoin Morgan, promoted up the order to bat at No. 4., also played a handy knock. At the start of the innings, Kings XI Punjab bowlers pushed KKR on the backfoot and restricted them to 25/2 — the second lowest score inside powerplay in IPL 2020. After opting to bat, KKR found it tough against KXIP new ball bowlers, especially Shami and Arshdeep Singh, who bowled tight lines and caused them a lot of trouble. Shami cleaned up Rahul Tripathi to give Kings XI Punjab the first breakthrough. KKR suffered another major blow in the very next over when a huge mix-up resulted in the departure of Nitish Rana. Young medium pacer Arshdeep Singh was the most economical among the lot inside the Powerplay, conceding just two runs in his two-over spell. Morgan combined with Shubman Gill and put on a crucial partnership to get their innings back on track. However, just when things were looking good for them, Ravi Bishnoi got rid of Englishman to hand KKR a major blow. However, from there on it was a one-man show as Dinesh Karthik played like a true leader and guided his side to a fighting total, which in the end proved good enough to hand them two more points. (SCORECARD)

IPL 2020 Match 24 Highlights between Kings XI Punjab vs Kolkata Knight Riders, straight from Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi 

  • 19:40 (IST)

    Thank you for tuning in! Goodbye!

    That brings to an end our coverage of this game. Hope you liked it. The excitement is still on as CSK take on RCB in Match 25 in Dubai. 

  • 19:27 (IST)

    FOUR! KKR win by 2 runs!

    Last ball, Maxwell on strike seven runs needed to win, a maximum will take it to the Super Over. He goes over extra cover but ball falls just inches inside the ropes and KKR have pulled up another victory from the jaws of defeat.

  • 19:23 (IST)

    Mandeep Singh c Chris Green b Narine!

    Mandeep Singh fails to clear the bigger boundary on the on side and Chris Green takes a simple catch to send him packing for a duck.

  • 19:22 (IST)

    FOUR!

    A switch hit from Glenn Maxwell gives KXIP the much-needed boundary. 

  • 19:20 (IST)

    WICKET! KL Rahul b Prasidh Krishna

    Prasidh Krishna bowls a good yorker and KL Rahul goes for a biggie but fails. The ball takes an inside edge and rattles his stumps. 14 needed off six balls.

  • 19:16 (IST)

    WICKET! Prabhsimran Singh Rahul c Nitish Rana b Prasidh Krishna!

    Prasidh Krishna is executing his plans to perfection, not giving either of the batsman  any easy balls. Prabhsimran Singh decides to make room but doesn’t the connection right. The ball goes straight up in the air and Nitish Rana makes no mistake. 

  • 19:13 (IST)

    Two runs off the first ball!

    A full delivery from Krishna and Prabhsimran Singh hits it straight over bowlers’ head and comes back for a double.

  • 19:11 (IST)

    KXIP need 20 off 12 balls!

    KKR are not giving up yet and rightly so. Crucial six ball coming and could decided the outcome of this match. Prasidh Krishna will bowl the penultimate over. Can the youngster do the magic? We shall find out!

  • 19:08 (IST)

    WICKET! Pooran b Narine!

    Nicholas Pooran jumps on the leg stump, trying to open the off-side field but misses the ball completely. Narine was right on target and gets the wicket of his countrymen.

  • 19:06 (IST)

    FOUR!

    Nicholas Pooaran wants to finish things quickly here and he tried to target the shorter boundary but mistimed his hit. Despite that, the ball goes in the gap and  beats the full-length dive of the fielder and rolls over the fence.

  • 19:00 (IST)

    SIX!

    If the last shot was good, this one is ever better. Kamlesh Nagarkoti overcompensates for his previous delivery and pulls his length back and paid the price. The ball didn’t bounce much and Pooran had all the time in the world to pull it over midwicket for a huge six.

  • 18:59 (IST)

    FOUR!

    A half-tracker from Kamlesh Nagarkoti and Nicholas Pooran drives it through covers for a terrific boundary. As soon as it left the bat it had four written all over it, such was the timing on that shot.

  • 18:56 (IST)

    Four!

    A short and wide delivery outside off stump allows KL Rahul the time and room and he to cut it past the deep backward point fielder for a boundary.

  • 18:48 (IST)

    WCIKET! Agarwal departs after a fine fifty!

    Prasidh Krishna finally has his man as he gets rid of Mayank Agarwal. Agarwal wanted to target the short boundary on the leg side but a miscued shot goes straight in the Shubman Gill stationed at deep midwicket.

  • 18:41 (IST)

    FOUR! 50 for KL Rahul!

    A full wide delivery from Pat Cummins and KL Rahul drives it just wide of mid-off fielder Andre Russell. Russell is not ready to field just yet and it showed in the way he went after that ball. With this KL Rahul brings up his yet another half-century this season — his first while chasing.

  • 18:39 (IST)

    FOUR!

    KL Rahul welcomes Pat Cummins back in to the attack with a boundary.

  • 18:37 (IST)

    FOUR!

    Mayank Agarwal finishes Varun Chakravarthy over with a gorgeous boundary over deep extracover.

  • 18:31 (IST)

    FOUR!

    Kamlesh Nagarkoti overcompensates for his previous delivery and drops it short and Mayank Agarwal was probably expecting that and he pulled it away nicely towards deep midwicket for back-to-back boundary.

  • 18:30 (IST)

    FOUR!

    An overpitch delivery from Kamlesh Nagarkoti and Mayank Agarwal drives it along the ground through extra-cover region for a cracking boundary. 

  • 18:28 (IST)

    Sensible batting from Rahul-Agarwal!

    Sensible batting from both the batsmen as they collect nine runs off Sunil Narine second over without taking any undue risks, taking their total 76/0 putting them in a commanding position. KKR need a wicket to two to get themselves back in the game.

  • 18:23 (IST)

    KXIP openers on top!

    Varun Chakravarthy concedes five runs in his second over but what’s important from KXIP’s point of view is that none of the KKR bowlers have managed to put them under any serious trouble. 

  • 18:17 (IST)

    FOUR!

    An outside edge from Mayank Agarwal flies wide of short third man fielder and runs all the way to the fence. 

  • 18:15 (IST)

    Spinner from both ends!

    Dinesh Karthik has introduced spinner from both ends as Sunil Narine comes into the attack, replacing Kamlesh Nagarkoti.

  • 18:12 (IST)

    Spinner in to the attack!

    Looking for a breakthrough, Dinesh Karthik has handed the ball to his mystery spinner Varun Chakravarthy.

  • 18:07 (IST)

    FOUR!

    KL Rahul covers the bounce of the ball and pulls the short delivery from Kamlesh Nagarkoti into the gap at midwicket for his third boundary.

  • 18:04 (IST)

    FOUR!

    A wayward short delivery from Pat Cummins and KL Rahul gets into a good position and gets his gloves on it, sending it towards the fine leg fence.

  • 17:59 (IST)

    SIX!

    A wide half-volley from Prasidh Krishna and Mayank Agarwal moves across to the leg stump and send it over extra-cover fence for first maximum of the innings.

  • 17:57 (IST)

    FOUR!

    Mayank Agarwal drives a full length delivery straight to the non-striker who does well to get himself out of the way. The ball races away to the long-on fence along the ground. 

  • 17:55 (IST)

    FOUR!

    A length delivery from Prasidh Krishna and Mayank Agarwal chips it over mid-on for his first boundary.

  • 17:49 (IST)

    An eventful over from Prasidh Krishna!

    An eventful second over comes to an end. It has everything, good bowling, a miscued shot, a dropped catch, and an injury to the player. 

  • 17:46 (IST)

    FOUR! Dropped! KL Rahul gets a life!

    KL Rahul decides to go aerial and the slow delivery meant he ended up lofting it high in the air Andre Russell managed to get his hands to the ball but couldn’t get hold of it. What’s worse was that the ball travelled to the fence and he Russell injured himself trying to stop it. 

  • 17:38 (IST)

    The chase begins!

    KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal are out in the middle to start the chase and Pat Cumminns will start the attack for KKR.

  • 17:23 (IST)

    WICKET! Karthik run out!

    Dinesh Karthik pulled the ball towards the midwicket and wanted to come back for the second, fell short despite a full-length dive and Prabhsimran Singh does the rest.

  • 17:20 (IST)

    FOUR!

    A back of a length delivery from Chris Jordan allows Dinesh Karthik to allows him to swing his bat hard and he does so nicely. The upper-cut shot almost sailed over the third man fence.

  • 17:13 (IST)

    WICKET! Andre Russell c Prabhsimran Singh b Arshdeep Singh 5(3)!

    Arshdeep Singh bowls a wide yorker, ball takes a faint edge and goes into the hands of wicket-keeper Prabhsimran Singh. Russell departs cheaply yet again.

  • 17:11 (IST)

    FOUR!

    An outside edge goes in between short third man and the wicket-keeper and runs away to the fence.

  • 17:07 (IST)

    WCIKET! Shubman Gill runout!

    A brilliant piece of fielding gives a major relief to KXIP as Shubman Gill departs after scoring 57 off 47 balls.

  • 17:04 (IST)

    Back to back boundaries! 50 for Karthik!

    Dinesh Karthik hits back to back boundaries to bring up his 19th IPL half-century off 22 deliveries.

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