It was another easy win on Friday night for the Kolkota Knight Riders as we witnessed the promising young lad Shubman Gill’s mature knock and a not-so-obvious innings from Chris Lynn who seemed to be in his old touch.
It started with the guests winning the toss and choosing to bowl, and KKR’s bowlers justified the skipper’s decision by sending off the openers early. But Mayank Agarwal and Nicolas Pooran took the charge, with both of them scoring with some big hits. At the time when these two were appearing to be dangerous however, the bowling change worked for KKR as Nitish Rana got the much needed breakthrough, and again 160 appeared to be a big ask for the King’s XI. But it was a night for under 20’s, as Sam Curran with his blistering innings took his side well above 160 and to a total of 183.
Chasing 183 on this pitch was not plain sailing but KKR, seeking to remain alive in the race for the playoffs, came into the second-half well. They got a good start in from their openers which was enough to make it appear like a comfortable affair, and the next three batsmen also managed to contribute with a strike rate above 150 and KKR finished the game with two overs spare, an unbeaten knock from Shubman Gill the highlight.
After Friday’s match now it’s certain that the last match of league stage will decide the fourth team that will qualify for the playoffs.