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The defending champions Kolkata Knight Riders continued with their winning run in home matches and so did Kings XI Punjab with their terrible IPL 2015 season outing, losing yet another match. KKR defeated Kings XI by one wicket to top the IPL 8 points table while Punjab stay cemented as the wooden spooners. West Indies Andre Russell was adjudged Man of the Match for his boisterous knock of 51 (21 b). What a match this has been? It has been decided in the last over of the match and went through some crazy twists and turns. this will all from us for this match. Kolkata move to the top of the table and have in all possibilities qualified for the playoffs.

Live Score Kolkata Knight Riders 184/9 after 19.5 overs: Anureet to bowl the last over and he has to defend 8 runs. Brad Hogg is on the strike. Single off the first delivery for Hogg, 7 needed of 5 ball now. Anureet has bowled a brilliant yorker and Chawla couldn’t get it away, Hogg ran though as Anureet ran for the ball and by the time Hogg returned Anureet had thrown the stumps down. Brad Hogg 5(5). Another fuller length ball and Chawla has hit it out of the ground, what a shot that one was. that should be the match for KKR. Chawla has been caught down the leg side by the keeper, this match has had so many twists already. Piyush Chawla 18(11). Sunil Narine is the new man in and on the strike. Sunil Narine has done it, a yorker length has been played to the fine leg fielder who makes an attempt to throw down the stumps there but misses, they win the match and are the first team in most probability to reach the playoffs.

Live Score Kolkata Knight Riders 176/7 after 19 overs: Sandeep Sharma is brought back into the attack now. Single off the first delivery. Dot ball of the second delivery. Single off the 3rd delivery. 11 required from 9 now. Another yorker and another single, evenly poised here, this game. Single off the fifth delivery as well. Just a single off the last ball, 5 runs from the over.

Live Score Kolkata Knight Riders 171/7 after 18 overs: Hendricks to continue. Single off the first delivery. Direct hit from Akshar and that is gone, Akshar Patel has done it again for the Kings XI. Johan Botha 2(4). Brad Hogg is the new man in the middle now. Single off the 3rd ball of the over, this is a roller coaster ride here at the Eden Gardens. Just a single off the 4th ball as well. Chawla helps a short ball over the infield for a boundary, that will help their cause for sure. Over the top again and thats a boundary as well, 11 runs from the over.

Live Score Kolkata Knight Riders 160/6 after 17 overs: Akshar Patel to continue. Russell hits it straight in the air but there is no one to catch that, 19 ball half century for Russell. Single off the second delivery as well. Another single off the third delivery. Russell departs now, Akshar has done the trick here as Russell gets caught behind. Andre Russell 51(21). Piyush Chawla is the new man in the middle. Single of the last ball, 5 runs from it.

Live Score Kolkata Knight Riders 155/5 after 16 overs: Anureet is the new man in the attack. High full toss and Russell just helps it for a six, he is just running away with the match here. Good yorker there by Anureet, that what he needs to bowl here. Single off the 3rd delivery as well, a leg bye though for Johan Botha. Another Boundary for Russell, the bowler missed the yorker and the batsman gets the reward. Another full toss from Anureet and that has gone all the way as well, he has destroyed the Kings XI yet again. Single off the last ball, 19 runs from the over.

Live Score Kolkata Knight Riders 136/5 after 15 overs: Hendricks is brought back into the attack now. Single off the first ball of the over. Boundary off the second delivery fro Russell, he is on fire here and he is repeating what he had done to the Kings XI earlier in the season. Single off the third delivery. Dot ball on the 4th delivery, a much needed one for Punjab that one. Another boundary, the softest one you will ever see as Yusuf just helps that ball on its way. Hendricks gets his man now, Yusuf edges one to the keeper. Yusuf Pathan 29(19).

Live Score Kolkata Knight Riders 126/4 after 14 overs: Axar to continue. Yusuf gets the ball in his zone and gets a six for his trouble, monster hit that. Another six, are they taking the match away from the Kings XI here. Single off the 4th delivery. Another maximum, this time from Russell, what is happening out there suddenly. wide ball now. And a boundary to end the over. 24 runs from it.

Live Score Kolkata Knight Riders 102/4 after 13 overs: Anureet brought into the attack now. An outside edge fetches Russell a much needed boundary. Single off the 2nd ball of the over. Another single off the 3rd delivery. Russell gets another edge this time and this goes to the boundary as well. Russell smashes this one out of the park, six runs. Dot ball to end the over. 16 runs from it.

Live Score Kolkata Knight Riders 86/4 after 12 overs: Akshar Patel to continue. Dot ball to start the over. Another dot ball before Yusuf manages to get a single. Another dot ball of the 4th delivery. Brilliant over, just 2 runs from the over.

Live Score Kolkata Knight Riders 84/4 after 11 overs: Mann to continue. Yusuf sees spin and deposits the ball in the stands, first maximum of the game. Couple of singles to follow the six. Another single off the 4th delivery. There it is, Mann picks up his second wicket. Surya tries to lap this one and doesn’t connect as the ball hits the wickets, Kolkata in trouble now. Suryakumar Yadav 9(9). Andre Russell is the new man in the middle. 10 runs from the over.

Live Score Kolkata Knight Riders 74/3 after 10 overs: Hendricks is brought into the attack now. Dot ball to start the over. Another dot ball, this has been a complete exhaustion of runs for the Knight Riders. Three dot balls to start the over here. Yusuf picks up a single to get off the mark of the 4th delivery. Surya goes over the top and gets his team a much required boundary. Just 5 runs from the over.

Live Score Kolkata Knight Riders 69/3 after 9 overs: Mann to continue. Single off the very first ball of the over. Another single of the 2nd delivery. This has been great turnaround by the part timers here from Punjab. Dot ball on the 3rd delivery. Gambhir departs now, he has deposited that short ball straight into the hands of Murali Vijay at long off. Gautam Gambhir 24(23). Pathan is the new man in. Just 3 runs from the over.

Live Score Kolkata Knight Riders 66/2 after 8 overs: Maxwell is the new man in the attack. Single off the first ball of the over. Another single off the 2nd delivery. Maxwell gives them the breakthrough as Pandey has thrown his wicket away, being caught at long on. Manish Pandey 22(15). Suryakumar Yadav is the new man in. Single off the 4th ball of the over to get off the mark for Surya. Another single. Just 5 runs from the over.

Live Score Kolkata Knight Riders 61/1 after 7 overs: Gurkeerat Mann is the new man in the attack. Single off the first delivery. Dot ball of the second delivery. Beautiful bowling here by Mann, he is tossing them up really well. Wide ball on the 5th delivery. Dot ball on the 5th ball now. Single off the last ball, 4 runs from it.

Live Score Kolkata Knight Riders 57/1 after 6 overs: Akshar Patel is the new man in the attack. Single off the first ball of the over. Patel has beaten pandey all ends up on the second delivery. Single off the 3rd delivery. More dot balls in the over, good stuff so far. Just 2 runs from the over.

Live Score Kolkata Knight Riders 55/1 after 5 overs: Sharma to continue. Dot ball to start the over. Single off the second ball of the over to Pandey. Single off the 3rd ball of the over to Gambhir. Pandey has smoked that length delivery for a boundary, amazing shot that. Wide ball on the 5th delivery. Another one outside off on a length and Pandey has once again times this beautifully of the front foot for a boundary. Flicked off the pads and yet another boundary, what batting by the man. 15 runs from the over.

Live Score Kolkata Knight Riders 40/1 after 4 overs: Anureet Singh is brought into the attack now. A couple of the very first delivery. Uthappa drives the second ball through the covers for a boundary, this is good start from Kolkata now. Just as i said that, he has hit one straight to short mid wicket, 1st wicket down. Robin Uthappa 17(11). Manish Pandey is the new man in the middle. He hits a sweet boundary off the very first delivery, great shot that. Single of the fifth ball. Gambhir hits a boundary off the last delivery, 15 runs from the over.

Live Score Kolkata Knight Riders 25/0 after 3 overs: Sharma to continue. Dot ball to start the over. Gambhir smacks the second ball over covers for a boundary. Single off the third ball of the over. Uthappa smacks him over mid on now, another boundary. Single off the 5th ball of the over. 10 runs from the over.

Live Score Kolkata Knight Riders 15/0 after 2 overs: Beuren Hendricks to continue. Dot ball to start the over. Single off the second ball of the over. This has been a good start so far by the bowlers, another dot ball. Bowls the 4th ball short and straight and Gambhir helps it on its way for a boundary. Single off the 5th ball of the over. Another boundary, 10 from the over.

Live Score Kolkata Knight Riders 5/0 after 1 overs: Robin Uthappa and Gautam Gambhir will open the batting for KKR. Sandeep Sharma to open the bowling. Great delivery to start the proceedings, beats Uthappa outside off. Another dot delivery off the second ball. Uthappa picks up  single off the third delivery to get off the mark. On the pads and Gambhir flicks it on the leg side for a boundary, idle start for him. Dot ball on the 5th delivery. Big shout for an lbw but the umpire says not put, 5 runs from the over.

Great performance by the Kings XI Punjab batsmen here. Maxwell and Miller have finally delivered with the bat and i shows the difference in the scores too. KKR will have to bat really well to chase this one down.

Live Score Kings XI Punjab 183/5 after 20 overs: Andre Russell is brought back into the attack. Miller has greeted him by a six straight over long off. Single off the 2nd delivery of the over. Russell gets his first wicket, short ball and Mann only manages to hit it straight into the bowlers hand. Gurkeerat Mann 4(7). Another six for Miller, this time over mid wicket, he is on fire here and these are important runs. Short ball and Miller pulls, gets a boundary of that delivery. Another boundary to end the over, brilliant effort with the bat here by the Kings XI Punjab. 21 runs off the last over.

Live Score Kings XI Punjab 162/4 after 19 overs: Yadav is brought into the attack now. Single off the first delivery for Mann. Full toss on the second delivery, just a single off it as well. Wide on the third ball, batsmen run fro a single as well, 2 runs off that delivery. Miller gets a couple off the 3rd delivery. Single off the 4th ball for Miller. Another single, this is brilliant bowling by the Knight Riders. Full Toss and just a single, 9 runs from the over.

Live Score Kings XI Punjab 153/4 after 18 overs: Gurkeerat Mann is the new man in the middle. Single off the first ball for Miller. Mann drives and picks up another single. Single off the third ball as well. The batsmen are struggling here now, no big shits in a long time here. Single off the last ball, 4 runs from the over.

Live Score Kings XI Punjab 149/4 after 17 overs: Narine is brought back into the attack now. Single off the first delivery. Single off the second ball as well. Maxwell departs, he tries to deposit the long hop into te stands and he has perished, a good innings that though. Glenn Maxwell 43(22). David Miller is the new man in. Dot ball for Saha there. Saha pulls this time and this one has gone all the way, somehow Saha has always had Narine’s number. He has got him this time though, Saha is bowled. Wriddhiman Saha 33(25).

Live Score Kings XI Punjab 141/2 after 16 overs: Yadav is brought back into the attack now. Single off the first ball of the over for Maxwell. Another drop catch but this one would have been spectacular if it was taken, just a single. Maxwell gets yet another boundary, this one towards fine leg. Dot ball on the 4th delivery. Maxwell picks up a single off the fifth delivery. 7 from the over.

Live Score Kings XI Punjab 134/2 after 15 overs: Hogg is brought back into the attack now. Maxwell hits down the ground once again and he collects another boundary. Another reverse sweep and another boundary, good batting there by the Aussie. Pulls the third ball of the over and this one clears the boundary all way for a six. Hogg bowls the wrong one and there is an appeal for a stumping, this is safe though and the decision is not out. Maxwell picks up a single off the 5th ball. hogg bowls a full toss and saha has deposited that in the stands, six all the way. 21 runs from the over.

Live Score Kings XI Punjab 113/2 after 14 overs: Chawla to continue. Single off the first delivery off the over. Another single off the 2ns ball, he went hard on that one but couldn’t time it. Another single off the third delivery, this one was quick by the batsmen. There comes the reverse sweep, paid off for the first time this season and that gives hima boundary. Straight down the ground this time and that one goes all the way, that is more like Maxwell. Buts for a single off the last delivery, 14 runs from it.

Live Score Kings XI Punjab 99/2 after 13 overs: Russell to continue. Single off the first delivery for Maxwell. Saha drives straight down the ground and gets another single. Single off the third delivery for Maxwell, that could have been close though. Wide ball by Russell there. Single for Saha off the 4th ball. Good bouncer there by Andre Russell, no runs there. First maximum for Maxwell, pulls the ball for a six, 11 runs from the over.

Live Score Kings XI Punjab 88/2 after 12 overs: Chawla to continue. Saha places the first ball well and gets a couple of that delivery. Saha cuts the second ball hard and picks up another couple of the second delivery. Single off the 3rd ball of the over until they pick up a overthrow, comedy from the fielders there. Single off the 4th delivery. Maxwell drives in the gap and picks up a couple off that ball. Single off the last ball, 10 runs from it.

Live Score Kings XI Punjab 78/2 after 11 overs: Narine to continue. Single off the first delivery followed by a dot ball. Another single off the 3rd ball. Saha pulls but only to the fielder in the deep, just a single there. Narine picks the second wicket, Vohra hits it straight back to the bowler. Manan Vohra 39(34). Glenn Maxwell walks into the middle now, dot ball to start fro him. Just 3 from the over.

Live Score Kings XI Punjab 75/1 after 10 overs: Chawla is brought into the attack now. Full toss to start and Saha gets a single off it. Vohra gets an inside edge of the second ball, just a single though. Dot ball on the 3rd delivery of the over. Saha sweeps th4e 4th delivery and although the fielder in the deep does well, he picks up three there. Vohra gets another six, same area as where he had hit the first one, over long off. Misses the last ball, 11 runs from it.

Live Score Kings XI Punjab 64/1 after 9 overs: Hogg to continue. Single off the first delivery of the over. Hogg bowls a wide down the leg side and the keeper fails to grab it, 2 runs there. Dot ball on the second delivery. Single off the 4th ball. The fifth ball turns a long way, no runs from that one. Just a single off the last delivery, 5 runs from the over.

Live Score Kings XI Punjab 59/1 after 8 overs: russell is brought back into the attack. Dot ball to start the over. Another drop there, its Uthappa this time and the batsmen pick up a couple off that delivery. Vohra plays a delightful drive off the 3rd delivery, just gets a couple though. Dot ball off the 4th delivery. Vohra hooks the 5th ball of the over all way for a six, that is more like the Vohra we saw in the previous season. Another drop, this is mayhem in the field, 11 runs from the over.

Live Score Kings XI Punjab 48/1 after 7 overs: Brad Hogg is the new man in the attack. Vohra goes over the top and gets a single to deep mid-wicket. Wriddhiman Saha gets a single of the second delivery. Dot ball off the 3rd delivery. Uthappa appeals for a stumping and the umpire goes up but that seems pretty safe and its Not out. Vohra fails to put away a short tracker, just gets a single.Dot ball to end the over, 3 runs from it.

Live Score Kings XI Punjab 45/1 after 6 overs: Narine to continue. Dot ball on the first delivery. Another drop catch, this time by Umesh Yadav, what are they doing? Vijay places the next ball well and gets a boundary, insult to injury there by Vijay. Dot ball on the 4th delivery. Narine gets his first wicket, he has bowled Vijay around his legs. Murali Vijay 28(21). Dot ball to end the over. 4 runs and a wicket off it.

Live Score Kings XI Punjab 41/0 after 5 overs: Johan Botha is the new bowler in the attack. Single off the first ball of the over. Dot ball off the second ball. Single off the third ball of the over. Another dot ball of the 4th delivery. Vohra picks up a quick yet dangerous single off the 5th delivery. Vohra strikes the last ball well and gets a six, second of the evening. 9 rusn from the over.

Live Score Kings XI Punjab 32/0 after 4 overs: Sunil Narine is brought into the attack now. He starts with a dot ball. Vohra gets a single off the next delivery. On the pads to Vijay once again and Vijay gets an easy single off that delivery. Another single off the 4th ball. A shout for an LBW but that ball was too high to give out for the umpire. Hogg drops a catch now, single off that delivery, 4 runs from it.

Live Score Kings XI Punjab 28/0 after 3 overs: Yadav to continue. Vijay flicks the very first ball of the over to the boundary, you can’t bowl to Vijay on his pads. Vijay times the second ball well but the offside is completely packed with fielders and that fetches him no runs. Ohh!! what a shot that was, he carves the ball over covers for a six, first maximum of the innings. On the hips this time and he once again gets a fins tickle on it and the ball races away to the boundary. dot ball on the 5th delivery. On the pads again and Vijay helps himself to another boundary, 18 runs from the over.

Live Score Kings XI Punjab 10/0 after 2 overs: Andre Russell is into the attack now. Vohra picks up a single off the first delivery. Drop catch, Gambhir has dropped one early in the game, albeit a tough chance. Dot ball on the third delivery. Vohra picks up a couple of the 4th delivery. There is first boundary of the match, Vohra plays a glance for a boundary. 8 runs from the over.

Live Score Kings XI Punjab 2/0 after 1 overs: Manan Vohra and Murli Vijay walk out in the middle to open the batting for KXIP. Umesh Yadav has the ball in his hands. Vijay gets off the mark off the very first delivery. Mana solidly defends the first ball he faces. Umesh bowls a beauty and beats the batsmen all ends up on the third delivery. He gets a single off the 4th delivery. Another dot ball, just 2 from the over.

Kings XI Punjab have won the toss and elected to bat first. Kolkata Knight Riders come into the game with the same team. Punjab have two changes, they have brought in Beuren Hendricks and Gurkeerat Mann in the playing XI.

Playing XI’s: 

Kings XI Punjab:  George Bailey (captain), Wriddhiman Saha, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Anureet Singh, Sandeep Sharma, Beuran Hendricks, Akshar Patel, David Miller, Glenn Maxwell, Manan Vohra.

Kolkata Knight Riders: Gautam Gambhir (captain), Sunil Narine, Robin Uthappa, Piyush Chawla, Yusuf Pathan, Umesh Yadav, Manish Pandey, Suryakumar Yadav, Andre Russell, Brad Hogg, Johan Botha.

Hello and welcome to the live cricket score updates of the Indian Premier League match one between Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) and Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) at Eden Gardens, Kolkata. We at India.com will be providing live updates of the KKR vs KXIP match. Defending champions Knight Riders will aim for their third win on the trot and end the home leg on a high as they face demoralised Kings XI Punjab. Stay tuned for the Toss. Watch-  Free Live Streaming and Telecast of KKR vs KXIP on Star Sports Online.

Third-placed KKR would aim for another clinical finish at the Eden Gardens, something that would shoot them to second place in the standings taking them closer to Play-offs. Bottom-placed Kings XI Punjab are virtually out of contention for last-four after succumbing to a 138-run humiliation against a marauding Royal Challengers Bangalore in their last outing and they would look to play for pride in their remainder four matches. The magnitude of the defeat was so big that it would be a big challenge for the George Bailey’s men to recover from the assault and get back to winning ways especially against a team that has done nothing wrong at home. Also Read- Andre Russell, Brad Hogg feature in key players for KKR vs KXIP clash.

KKR’s only loss from six outings at the Eden had come against RCB too and it was the ‘Gayle storm’ that had taken away the match from the defending champions who had begun their campaign with a win over Mumbai Indians in the previous match. Since that defeat, KKR have posted three successive wins at home while one against Rajasthan Royals was a washout, and every time their bowling has performed up to the expectations.

As Sunil Narine was cleared by the BCCI, albeit with a final warning, KKR went with in four spinners and two pacers to snuff out Delhi Daredevils’ 172-run chase for yet another convincing win last night. Leg spinner Piyush Chawla revelled in the turning conditions while Aussie china man bowler Brad Hogg foxed batsmen with his guile. Narine went wicket-less but he helped contain the batsmen as everything went as per the script. The batting looked shaky at times but all of them kept the run-rate ticking while Yusuf Pathan anchored the innings with a valuable 42 from 24 balls before Johan Botha’s five ball 17 pushed them to a challenging total on a difficult wicket.

Squads:

Kolkata Knight Riders: Gautam Gambhir (captain), Sunil Narine, Robin Uthappa, Piyush Chawla, Yusuf Pathan, Umesh Yadav, Manish Pandey, Suryakumar Yadav, Veer Pratap Singh, Kuldeep Yadav, Sumit Narwal, Sheldon Jackson, Aditya Garhwal, K.C. Cariappa, Vaibhav Rawal, Manish Pandey, Morne Morkel, Pat Cummins, Ryan ten Doeschate, Andre Russell, Brad Hogg, Azhar Mahmood, Johan Botha.

Kings XI Punjab: George Bailey (captain), Virender Sehwag, Murali Vijay, Wriddhiman Saha, Shaun Marsh, David Miller, Glenn Maxwell, Rishi Dhawan, Manan Vohra, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Thisara Perera, Mitchell Johnson, Anureet Singh, Karanveer Singh, Sandeep Sharma, Shivam Sharma, Parvinder Awana, Akshar Patel, Yogesh Gowalkar, Beuran Hendricks, Shardul Thakur.