May 10, 2017 10:24 AM

Mohali (Face2News-Sports)

In their quest for ensuring a play-off spot, Kings XI Punjab snatched an important 14-run victory against Kolkata Knight Riders in the Indian Premier League at the IS Bindra PCA Stadium here on Tuesday night. Kings XI Punjab registered their sixth victory out of 12 matches they have played so sar. With 12 points in their kitty, KXI Punjab are at the fifth position in the points table and are in contention for one of the three positions still open. Kolkata Knight Riders (16 points, with eight wins and five defeats from 13 matches) are behind points table leaders Mumbai Indians with 18 points from 12 matches (nine wins, three defeats).
Risingh Pune Supergiant and Sunrisers Hyderabad are the other teams in race for the play-off spots. RP Supergiant and KKR have identical points tally of 16 each. However, KKR are at the second position with better net run rate of +0.729 and. RS Supergiant's Net RR is -0.060.
Kolkata Knight Riders were set a target of 168 for victory. It looked like they will achieve it. However, spinner Rahul Tewatia, playing his first match, and medium fast bowler Mohit Sharma produced remarkable performance with the ball. While Tewatia in a deadly spell of fours overs consumed Gautam Gambhir (8) and Robin Uthappa (0) and conceeded only 18 runs. Mohit Sharma after bowler opener Sunil Narine (18) with KKR scoreboard reading 39 in 3.4 overs came back to claim the wicket of Yusuf Pathan (2). He captured two wickets for 31 runs in his four-over spell as KKR were restricted for 153 for 6 in 20 overs.
KKR opener Chris Lynn kept his team's hopes alive for victory as he piled up 84 runs in 52 deliveries. His well-complied innings contained eight superb boundaries and three towering sixes before he was run out. Lynn's wicket fell at 132 for 5 in 17.2 overs.

Earlier, put in to bat by KKR who won the toss, Kings XI Punjab made 167 for 6 in 20 overs. The highlight of their innings was a valuable 71-run for the fourth wicket partnership between wicketkeeper batsman Wriddhiman Saha (38, 33 balls, 2x4s, 1x6) and captain Glenn Maxwell (44, 25 balls, one four and four sixes). They carried their team's total from 56 for 3 to 127 for 4 before Maxwell was caught by Chris Woakes of the bowling of Kuldeep Yadav.

Kuldeep Yadav also dismissed Wriddhiman Saha who was stumped by Robin Uthappa. Guptill (12) and Manan Vohra (25) put on 39 runs for the opening wicket partnership. Vohra was first to depart, caught by Robin Uthappa of the bowling of Umesh Yadav. With the addition of two more runs, Guptill was adjudged leg before wicket to Sunil Narine, Marsha could put on 11 runs before he was bowled by Chris Woakes. Axar Patel and Rahul Tewatia remained not out on 8 and 15, respectively.
Chris Woakes and Kuldeep Yadav bagged two wickets apiec by giving away 20 and 34 runs, respectively.
Kings XI Punjab: Martin Guptill lbw Sunil Narine 12
Manan Vohra c Robin Uthappa b Umesh Yadav 25
Shaun Marsh b Chris Woakes 11
Wriddhiman Saha st Robin Uthappa 38
Glenn Maxwell c Chris Woakes b Kuldep Yadav 44
Axar Patel not out 8
Swapnil Singh b Chris Woakes 2
Rahul Tewatia not out 15
Extras (lb 4 b 2 w 6) 12
Total (for six wickets in 20 overs) 167.
Fall of wickets: 1-39, 2-41, 3-56, 4-127, 5-146, 6- 149.
Bowling: Umesh Yadav 3-0-26-1
C de Grandhomme 4-0-37-0
Sunil Narine 4-0-27-1
Chris Woakes 4-0-20-2
Ankit Rajpoot 2-0-17-0
Kuldeep Yadav 3-0-34-2.
Kolkata Knight Riders:
Sunil Narine b Mohit Sharma 18
Chris Lunn run out 84
Gautam Gambhir c Shaun Marsh b Rahul Tewatia 8
Robin Uthappa c Axar Patel b Rahul Tewatia 0
Manish Pandey c Axar Patel b Matt Henry 18
C de Grandhoome not out 11
Yusuf Pathan c Glenn Maxwell bt Mohit Sharma 2
Chris Woakes not out 8
Extras (lb 2, w 2) 4
Total (for six wickets in 20 overs) 153.
Fall of wickets: 1-39, 2-78, 3-79, 4-131, 5-132, 6-139.
Bowling: Sandeep Sharma 4-0-31-0
Matt Henry 3-0-31-1
Mohit Mahipal Sharma 3-0-24-2
Axar Patel 4-0-28-0
Rahul Tewatia 4-0-18-2
Swapnill Singh 20-19-0.
Man of the Match: Mohit Mahipal Sharma.

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