Scores 36-ball 75 to help KKR post 31-run win over KXIP
Indore: Kolkata Knight Riders produced a superlative batting performance as they beat Kings XI Punjab by 31 runs to stay in contention for a playoff berth in the Indian Premier League.On a batting belter, KKR posted a mammoth 245/6, their highest ever total and fourth-highest in the history of the league. Sunil Narine once again left everyone spellbound with a 36-ball 75, while skipper Dinesh Karthik played an equally significant role with his 23-ball 50.The chase was difficult but KL Rahul tried his best with a 28-ball 66, which was not enough as KXIP could only manage 214/8 in 20 overs.After losing by 102 runs against Mumbai Indians, the victory not only took KKR to 12 points from as many games but also helped them improve their net run-rate. KXIP, on the other hand, will be worried after their back-to-back defeats in Jaipur and now in Indore. Narine was once again their match-winner with his stellar knock and also got the important wicket of Rahul.Narine and Chris Lynn (27 off 17 balls) added 53 in 5.2 overs before the Queenslander was dismissed. However, the next partnership between Narine and Robin Uthappa (24 off 17 balls) yielded 75 runs in 6.1 overs. Narine hit nine boundaries and four sixes in his knock. He started off with a six over long-on off skipper Ashwin, followed with a boundary through mid-wicket.The next over saw Narine hit back-to-back boundaries off left-arm pacer Barinder Sran — a hook and one over mid-on. Another straight six off left-arm spinner Axar Patel and a flurry of boundaries got him to his 50 off 26 balls. Sran got a harsh treatment in the 11th over when Narine hit him for two sixes and a boundary. The 12th over of the innings was the best one for KXIP as Andrew Tye got rid of both Narine and Uthappa. KXIP started in earnest with Rahul hitting Narine for two sixes in the very first over. Rahul hit sixes at will — seven of them in all — but wickets fell at regular intervals at the other end. Chasing such a huge target, KXIP needed Chris Gayle to fire but the West Indian could score just 21 runs off 17 balls before being dismissed by Russell.
RCB win by 5 wickets
Indian, foreign players for one-off women’s T20 The BCCI-sanctioned women’s T20 exhibition match ahead of the IPL playoff in Mumbai on May 22 will feature top Indian and foreign players. A total of 30 players, 20 Indians and 10 foreigners, will train at the Cricket Club of India in Mumbai ahead of the one-off game. The teams will be called IPL XI and BCCI XI and the game will be broadcast live on Star Sports from 2.30 pm local time. The IPL Governing Council recently approved the initiative amid calls for a women’s IPL, following the Indian team’s final appearance in the World Cup last year. Like the IPL, seven Indians and four overseas players will make the playing XI. — PTI