KKRvKXIP has produced a straightforward result as KKR defeated KXIP by 6 wickets and 17 balls to spare. Kolkata Knight Riders was again benefited from the opening partnership between Robin Uthappa and Gautam Gambhir. Uthappa scored freely chasing the target of mere 139 runs. Before he got out, KKR was cruising and already reached the score of 82 runs. Gautam Gambhir again made a useful contribution of 34 runs. However, once they got out, Punjab came back strong with Sahu and Mohit Sharma building the pressure and took wickets of Manish Pandey and Shakib al Hasan. However, the score to get was too little and Yousuf Pathan did the rest for KKR with some explosive shots. KKR is now sitting comfortably at the Top of the table.

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KKRvKXIP Match Analysis

Gautam Gambhir won the toss and elected to field first on a green track of Mohali. His bowlers, however, responded beautifully. Murli Vijay and Shaun Marsh played well but apart from that the Punjab team looked totally unorganized and unclear about the games. They were short of at least 30-40 runs on the turf. However, without taking any credit from the bowlers, the pitch did something at the start and Gambhir was lucky enough to win the toss. However, the big stars of Punjab like Glenn Maxwell, David Miller looked all but gone. However, the highlight of the first innings was Sunil Narine. He looked extremely comfortable and was bowling at the right areas after he remodeled his bowling actions.

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IPL 2016 – KKRvKXIP Scoreboard

Kings XI Punjab – 138/8 – 20 Overs
Shaun Marsh – 56* (41) Morne Morkel – 4-0-27-2
Murli Vijay – 26 (22) Sunil Narine – 4-0-22-2
Kolkata Knight Riders – 141/4 – 17.1 Overs
Robin Uthappa – 53 (28) Axar Patel – 3-0-19-2
Gautam Gambhir – 34 (34) Pradeep Sahu – 4-018-2