Result
18th match (D/N), Indian Premier League at Kolkata, Apr 21 2018
191/7
(11.1/13 ov, target 125)
126/1
Kings XI won by 9 wickets (with 11 balls remaining) (D/L method)
Player Of The Match
Kings XI Punjab
Match centre 
Scorer: M Venkat Raghav
Commentator: Sreshth Shah
Scorecard summary
Kolkata Knight Riders191/7(20 overs)
Kings XI Punjab126/1(11.1 overs)
Chris Gayle*62 (38)
KL Rahul60 (27)
end of over 126 runs
KXIP: 126/1CRR: 11.28 
Chris Gayle62 (38)
Mayank Agarwal2 (2)
Tom Curran0.1-0-6-0
Shivam Mavi3-0-29-0

That's all from the Eden Gardens tonight. We're already half-way through the first innings of the evening game in Bengaluru, so why don't you head over there? Match report, reactions, all to come as the evening progresses. On behalf of the ESPNcricinfo crew, this is Sreshth Shah, signing off.

8.30pm Chris Gayle hugs Mayank Agarwal as the visitors win for the first time in their last six attempts at the Eden. They'll finish Saturday as table-toppers of the IPL. It was that momentum at the end of KKR's innings, where they only scored 45 off the last five overs, that set the tone for Kings XI's chase when they came to bat. Rahul and Gayle smacked the ball to all parts, and finished as deserving winners. The hosts' bowling seemed all over the place. Presentation soon.

KL Rahul, Man of the Match: "I don't know what's happening, but I don't want to question what's going well for me. The approach is to stay aggressive and take the opposition down. The simpler you keep it, the clearer you will be as a batsman. Don't want to complicate my batting, see ball hit ball. I back my shots, and just want to get into shape. Feet's moving well and I'm striking well. Just want to make sure I make it big. Have gotten out after getting starts. Me and Chris have spoken - we're gonna back our games. If he's going for it, doesn't mean I take the back seat."

R Ashwin, the winning captain: "Happier with this win, compared to the previous one. The par score was about 210. We had a time-out, and I told the boys we should try and restrict to 190. KL looked like a million dollars, and well, Chris is Chris. Sometimes when you're going hammer and tongs, it's important to get some perspective in the chase. One side was a which shorter, so we opted to have AJ Tye for the 20th over. But we don't plan for wickets, we plan to make the batsmen uncomfortable and that force the wicket. It's a very hard week coming up."

Aniket: "I think kkr shouldnt be much disappointed with this loss...might be tactical errors of not starting with a spinner at one end to root off the nervous gayle in the beginning ..."

Pranav : "Explosive Rahul & Sensible Gayle. No the adjective isn't misplaced."

8.28pm Narine, the purple cap holder: "Bowling is coming along. It was going to be pretty easy for Kings XI after the rain break. Gayle and Rahul showed how good they are."

Chris Gayle, the orange cap holder: "good to be among the runs. Doesn't matter about the orange cap, I think Rahul deserves it. To be honest, I didn't strike it really well, but when you have a momentum going, you need to capitalise."

Dikshit Chhabra: "Tom currans economy reads as 36. What will be his smart economy ;) "

Prasanth Ajithk: "Tye should get the MoM award... but, I know, it's a Batman's world, right?"

11.1
6
Curran to Gayle, SIX runs
It's all over! Full on off, and that's been mistimed over the bowler's head. Backed away to smack this straight, but came off the blade's toe end. Doesn't matter though, as it has enough to clear the long-on boundary. Kings XI Punjab win by nine wickets
end of over 113 runs
KXIP: 120/1CRR: 10.9 • RRR: 2.50 • Need 5 from 12b
Chris Gayle56 (37)
Mayank Agarwal2 (2)
Shivam Mavi3-0-29-0
Sunil Narine3-0-23-1
10.6
1
Shivam Mavi to Gayle, 1 run
low full toss on leg stump. Gayle taps it down the ground to long on. He'll keep strike. Kings XI need five off 12 balls
10.5
Shivam Mavi to Gayle, no run
quick! Good length on off and angling across Gayle. He tries to slap this over cover, but misses completely. Wild, wild shot

Draqib: "Surely, Kl rahul is the Luke Ronchi of IPL, literally destroying every bowling lineup."

10.4
Shivam Mavi to Gayle, no run
slower ball on middle stump. Stays on the back foot, and defends it back to Mavi
10.3
Shivam Mavi to Gayle, no run
almost chops on! Good length on off, and Gayle tries to punch it past cover. Takes an inside edge and almost onto his stumps
10.3
1w
Shivam Mavi to Gayle, 1 wide
yorker outside leg stump, and Gayle does well to shuffle across to the off side. Extras
10.2
Shivam Mavi to Gayle, no run
toe crusher on leg stump, but Gayle does well to get his feet out of the ball's way, and defends with soft hands
10.1
1
Shivam Mavi to Agarwal, 1 run
full outside off, and driven with the bat's open face to the man in the deep
end of over 1015 runs • 1 wicket
KXIP: 117/1CRR: 11.7 • RRR: 2.66 • Need 8 from 18b
Chris Gayle55 (32)
Mayank Agarwal1 (1)
Sunil Narine3-0-23-1
Piyush Chawla2-0-24-0
9.6
Narine to Gayle, no run
good length on middle stump, and spinning across Gayle. Defended off the back foot to the bowler. Kings XI need 9 off 18 balls
9.5
1
Narine to Agarwal, 1 run
good length on middle stump, taps it to square leg for a walking single
9.4
w
Narine to Rahul, OUT
holes out to deep midwicket! Short on middle, and Rahul top-edges the pull! Curran gets under it, and dives forward to take the catch
KL Rahul c Curran b Narine 60 (27b 9x4 2x6) SR: 222.22
9.3
4
Narine to Rahul, FOUR runs
good length, and wide outside of again. Rahul goes deep into the crease and crunches this boundary behind point
9.2
4
Narine to Rahul, FOUR runs
good length, but wide outside off. Rahul comes dancing down the wicket and slaps it past extra cover on this occasion. Delightful
9.1
6
Narine to Rahul, SIX runs
fifty for Rahul too! Back of a length on off stump, and Rahul opens his stance to swing towards the leg side. Flat pull over deep midwicket
end of over 913 runs
KXIP: 102/0CRR: 11.33 • RRR: 5.75 • Need 23 from 24b
Chris Gayle55 (31)
KL Rahul46 (23)
Piyush Chawla2-0-24-0
Sunil Narine2-0-8-0
8.6
Chawla to Gayle, no run
full and wide outside leg stump. Gayle tries to slog-sweep, but misses. Hits his front leg, but impact's outside leg
8.5
Chawla to Gayle, no run
good length on leg stump. He stays on the back foot, and fends it back to Chawla
8.4
Chawla to Gayle, no run
quicker ball! Good length on middle and zipping right through to the keeper
8.3
6
Chawla to Gayle, SIX runs
low full toss on off, and he wastes no time to get to his fifty! Smacks this over Rahul's head, and the ball lands in the crowd
Best performances - batsmen
CA Lynn
74 runs (41)
6 fours
4 sixes
Control70%
Productive shot
cut shot
21 runs
4 fours
0 sixes
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CH Gayle
62 runs (38)
5 fours
6 sixes
Control67%
Productive shot
on drive
21 runs
0 fours
3 sixes
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Best performances - bowlers
AJ Tye
O
4
M
0
R
30
W
2
Eco
7.50
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
1W
LEGOFF
LHB
BB Sran
O
4
M
0
R
50
W
2
Eco
12.50
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
1W
LEGOFF
LHB
Match details
Eden Gardens, Kolkata
TossKings XI Punjab , elected to field first
SeriesIndian Premier League 2018
Player Of The Match
KL Rahul
Season2018
Hours of play (local time)16.00 start, First Session 16.00-17.30, Interval 17.30-17.50, Second Session 17.50- 19.20
Match days21 April 2018 - day/night match (20-over match)
Umpires
Chettithody Shamshuddin
Abhijit Deshmukh
TV Umpire
Sundaram Ravi
Reserve Umpire
Krishnaraj Srinath
Match Referee
Manu Nayyar
PointsKings XI Punjab 2, Kolkata Knight Riders 0