18 | 11 Runs | KKR: 150/1 | RR: 8.33

  • Manish Pandey36 (35b)
  • Gautam Gambhir63 (45b)
  • Sandeep Sharma4-0-32-0
  • Rishi Dhawan4-0-32-0

7.25pm Presentation time. There's the merest hint of a smile on Gautam Gambhir's face as he signs the match ball and picks up the Man of the Match award. It broadens when he credits his new-born daughter for the turnaround in his fortunes.

"Robin's taken a lot of pressure of me since he started opening," he says. "On this kind of wicket, a lot of credit goes to Morne Morkel as well. Chawla bowled brilliantly, hopefully he can continue the same way."

That's it for us from this game. Thanks for tuning in, and sending in your comments. Make sure you follow our commentary for the 8.00pm game as well.

Here's Robin Uthappa: "Happy to contribute to the team's success. Gautam's instinct is to bat second, and all of us are on board with him. We knew they (Punjab) could be a little complacent, and we wanted to make use of any gaps they gave us."

Rehman: "This is the right time in the tournament to peak.There is always an outside risk if a team peaks too early in the tournament.Punjab has to be cautious."

George Bailey says "yeah, it would have been handy" when he's asked if he would have liked to have another spinner. They left out Shivam Sharma after a good performance against Bangalore, and they did look a spinner short on this pitch.

Absolutely crushing win for KKR. Kings XI never recovered after they scored only 64 in the second half of their innings. Kolkata played smart cricket during their chase, after Uthappa set them on their way with a sparkling innings at the top of the order. Gambhir made his third straight half-century, which is some comeback after starting the season with three straight ducks, and they got home with absolutely no fuss and two overs remaining.

Sandeep Sharma to Pandey, 1 run, slower ball, and Pandey yells 'yes, yes, yes!' as he wrists it to the right of mid-on. He sprints through, and would have probably beaten the throw, which missed the stumps anyway.

One to get now.

Sandeep Sharma to Gambhir, 1 run, punched to cover, and Maxwell throws at the bowler's end again. He misses again, and they walk an overthrow.
Sandeep Sharma to Gambhir, 2 runs, short, Gambhir swats it with an almost vertical bat to the right of deep backward square leg.
Sandeep Sharma to Pandey, 1 run, short, flat-batted pull to deep midwicket.
Sandeep Sharma to Pandey, 2 runs, short, slower ball, Pandey mistimes his pull, and Maxwell sprinting from midwicket, underarms it at the unmanned stumps and misses, giving away two overthrows.
Sandeep Sharma to Pandey, FOUR runs, full and straight, Pandey uses his wrists to play the pick-up shot over midwicket.

In comes Sandeep now.

17 | 8 Runs | KKR: 139/1 (11 runs required from 18 balls, RR: 8.17, RRR: 3.66)

  • Gautam Gambhir60 (43b)
  • Manish Pandey28 (31b)
  • Rishi Dhawan4-0-32-0
  • Axar Patel4-0-20-0
Dhawan to Gambhir, 2 runs, Gambhir gets on his toes, tucks it off his hips, behind square.
Dhawan to Pandey, 1 run, wristy push down to long-on.
Dhawan to Gambhir, 1 run, dropped! Short, Gambhir top-edges his pull, and it drops into Bailey's hands at midwicket and pops back out.
Dhawan to Pandey, 1 run, another slower ball, onto the pads, tucked away to deep backward square.
Dhawan to Gambhir, 1 run, slower ball, fullish, on off. Gambhir swipes it to long-on.



No. of consecutive 50s for Gambhir this IPL – coming back from 3 consecutive ducks

Home-stretch stats


Runs KXIP scored in the last 5 overs of their innings – KKR need only 27

Best economy


Akshar Patel’s economy rate in this IPL – he is among the top 5 most economical spinners (min. 5 overs)



Number of times KKR have chased down a 140-150 total - exactly 149 against KXIP in 2013

Strong openings


Number of times KKR have scored more than 50 in the Powerplay without a wicket in the IPL

KKR's best start


Number of runs KKR scored in the Powerplay today – their best of the season.

Good opening sequences


Number of times KKR have had 3 consecutive 50+ opening stands - Sourav Ganguly was involved in the previous two sequences.

KKR favourites?


Number of times that KXIP have failed to defend a sub-150 score in the IPL (in 21 attempts)

Poor finish


Number of boundaries KXIP scored in the last 5 overs of the innings

Super Sunil


Narine’s economy during the last 5 overs of an IPL innngs - the best for any bowler (min. 5 innings)

Poles apart


Most/fewest sixes hit in the last 5 overs of an innings in this IPL - by KXIP/KKR (before today)

Motoring in the middle


KXIP's run-rate in the middle overs (7th to 15th) in this IPL. Every other team scores at less than 8

Steady, not a strike force


Number of times Ryan ten Doeschate has taken 2 or fewer wickets in an innings in all T20 cricket (in 106 innings)