Defending champions Kolkata Knight Riders defeated Kings XI Punjab by one wicket to earn a narrow victory in the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the Eden Gardens. Chasing Kings XI’s 183/5, the hosts reached home with only a ball to spare. Man of th Match all-rounder Andre Russell top scored with 51 for the Knights helped the side a motivating win and help KKR take the top spot in IPL 2015 points table. One can watch the full video highlights of KKR vs KXIP on the official website of Star Sports.
Fortunes fluctuated like a pendulum in the contest which went to the wire as Piyush Chawla (18) struck a vital six off Anureet Singh to take defending champions closer to the target of 184 and eventually they prevailed with one ball left. KKR were gasping at 83 for 4 at one stage and the required runrate had shot past 12 with 98 runs required from last eight overs. From there Russell and Yusuf Pathan (29) put on 53 runs from 25 balls for the fifth wicket to turn the match around.
Russell slammed five fours and four sixes in his 21-ball 51 as he equalled Harbhajan Singh’s fastest fifty (from 19 balls) this season. Pathan provided perfect support from the other end to the Jamaican who unleashed his fury in front of a packed home support to take them near. Check Out: IPL 2015 Schedule – All Match Fixtures and Complete Time Table of IPL. (Inputs from Agencies).