Kolkata: Kolkata Knight Riders clinched a convincing win against Kings XI Punjab as they beat the visitors by 28 runs in their Indian Premier League encounter here on Wednesday.
KKR remain unbeaten following this victory.
Mayank Agarwal (58) and David Miller (59*) were the only standout performers with the bat for KXIP, with Chris Gayle failing to convert a quick start.
Earlier, Robin Uthappa (67) and Nitish Rana (63) had guided KKR to 218-4, along with a knock of 48 from Andre Russell.
However, it was a night to forget for debutants Varun Chakravarthy and Hardus Viljoen who picked up their first IPL wickets.
KXIP 60-3 after 7.3 overs
WICKET! Dinesh Karthik takes an easy catch as Andre Russell sees off Sarfaraz Khan for an unlucky 13.
KXIP 37-2 after 4.2 overs
WICKET! Andre Russell picks the big wicket of Chris Gayle (20) as Prasidh Krishna completes the catch at mid-on.
KXIP 11-1 after 1.4 overs
WICKET! Lockie Ferguson strikes as Kuldeep Yadav takes a brilliant catch at mid-off to dismiss KL Rahul.
Nitish Rana and Robin Uthappa slammed fifties as they guided Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) to a massive total of 218-4 against KXIP in their IPL league encounter.
Andre Russell, too played his part, but fell short of a half-century.
The duo of Uthappa and Rana put up a 110-run stand, which was followed by yet another stand of 67 between Uthappa and Andre Russell. Despite enduring an expensive spell of 1-35 from three overs, Varun Chakravarthy got his maiden IPL wicket when he saw off Rana in the 15th over.
KKR 146-3 after 14.3 overs
WICKET! Varun Chakravarthy finally gets his maiden IPL wicket as he sees off Nitish Rana for 63. Caught by Mayank Agarwal at long-on
KKR 130-2 after 13.1 overs
FIFTY! Nitish Rana brings up his seventh IPL fifty, his second in asa many games this season.
KKR 36-2 after 3.3 overs
WICKET! Hardus Viljoen gets his first-ever wicket on IPL debut as keeper KL Rahul completes the catch to dismiss Narine for 24 runs.
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KKR 34-1 after 2.4 overs
BREAKTHROUGH! Chris Lynn goes for the maximum, but David Miller is so alert that he does not keep his eye away from the ball to complete the catch, courtesy a Mohammed Shami wicket.
KXIP have won the toss and have elected to bowl. Hosts KKR have gone with an unchanged side, while the visitors have made a few tweaks to their team.
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OUR UNCHANGED LINEUP FOR TODAY! 📢— KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) March 27, 2019
Chris Lynn, Sunil Narine, Robin Uthappa, Shubman Gill, Nitish Rana, Dinesh Karthik (C), Andre Russell, Piyush Chawla, Kuldeep Yadav, Lockie Ferguson, Prasidh Krishna#KKRvKXIP #KKRHaiTaiyaar #VIVOIPL
It will be a battle between third and fourth in the Indian Premier League’s (IPL) sixth match when Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) host Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) at the Eden Gardens here on Wednesday.
While Andre Russell starred in a perfect outing for KKR against Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) in Hyderabad, KXIP emerged victorious in Jaipur against Rajasthan Royals (RR) despite the controversial Ashwin ‘Mankading’ incident.
One battle to watch out for will be Andre Russell vs Chris Gayle. While Russell played a knock of 49 runs from 19 balls, Chris Gayle’s 79 was the highlight of KXIP’s innings against RR.
A former KKR player, Gayle knows Eden Gardens like the back of his hand as he would look to continue his assault on the spin-oriented KKR attack.
Russell will be KKR's answer to Gayle as the KKR star also fashioned a sensational win, smashing an unbeaten 49 from 19 balls in their opening fixture against Sunrisers Hyderabad here two days ago.
The win saw their star spinner and explosive opener, Sunil Narine, hurt his finger and KKR would hope he is fit in time.
Kolkata Knight Riders: Dinesh Karthik (c), Robin Uthappa, Chris Lynn, Shubman Gill, Andre Russell, Carlos Brathwaite, Sunil Narine, Piyush Chawla, Kuldeep Yadav, Nikhil Naik, Joe Denly, Shrikant Mundhe, Nitish Rana, Sandeep Warrier, Prasidh Krishna, Lockie Ferguson, Harry Gurney, KC Cariappa and Yarra Prithviraj.
Kings XI Punjab: R Ashwin (C), Sam Curran, Varun Chakaravarthy, Mohammed Shami, Nicholas Pooran, Moises Henriques, Hardus Viljoen, Darshan Nalkande, Sarfaraz Khan, Arshdeep Singh, Agnivesh Ayachi, Harpreet Brar, Murugan Ashwin, Chris Gayle, Andrew Tye, K L Rahul, Ankit Rajpoot, Mandeep Singh, Simran Singh, Mayank Agrawal, Karun Nair, Mujeeb Ur Rahman and David Miller.
Match starts 8pm....