Knight Riders go top with one-wicket win

Kolkata Knight Riders 184 for 9 (Russell 51, Gurkeerat 2-17) beat Kings XI Punjab 183 for 5 (Maxwell 43, Narine 4-19) by one wicket
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O'Brien: Kolkata the best form team

Iain O'Brien analyses Kolkata Knight Riders' win against Kings XI Punjab at home

Kolkata Knight Riders went to the top of the points table with the first one-wicket win in IPL history, off the penultimate ball against Kings XI Punjab. In their final league game of IPL 2015 at home, Knight Riders completed the second-highest chase of the tournament at Eden Gardens to finish the season with a 5-1 scoreline in Kolkata.

Kings XI's spinners had them 83 for 4 in the 11th over in pursuit of 184, but a partnership of 53 in 4.1 overs between Andre Russell and Yusuf Pathan revived the chase. After Pathan fell for 29 off 19, Russell went on to blitz 51 off 21. After Russell fell with 25 needed off 19, Piyush Chawla leveled the scores before the last pair scrambled a leg-bye.

Robin Uthappa had kick-started the chase with smooth timing against the seamers and Manish Pandey had taken over from him before the spinners slowed things down.

Pandey, Gautam Gambhir and Suryakumar Yadav fell to the part-time offspinner Glenn Maxwell and Gurkeerat Singh. The asking-rate had gone past 12 by the end of the 12th over when Knight Riders began their fightback.

Russell powered a couple of pulled boundaries off Anureet Singh before he and Pathan launched straight hits off Axar Patel in a 24-run over. Beuran Hendricks, playing his first game of the season in place of Mitchell Johnson, took some punishment as well but removed Pathan with a short ball in the 15th.

Undaunted, Russell swung Anureet repeatedly over midwicket for 19 more in the 16th. Axar had the allrounder caught behind in the 17th but Chawla hit Hendricks for successive fours in the 18th. With seven needed off the last five balls, Chawla heaved Anureet for six over deep midwicket. He was caught behind next ball, but his 18 off 11 had sealed it for Knight Riders.

The hosts had been responsible for having to chase such a big total in the first place. They put down M Vijay thrice and Manan Vohra twice at the start of the Kings XI innings to let the openers put on 45 inside six overs. Maxwell and Wriddhiman Saha then added 65 for the third wicket in 5.4 overs. Maxwell belatedly found some form as he connected with some reverse-sweeps and slogs, going past 100 runs for the season in his eighth innings with 43 off 22.

Both Saha and Maxwell went to Sunil Narine in the 17th over, the offspinner ending with figures of 4 for 19, his best performance of the season tripling his wicket-tally.

Narine out of the way, David Miller slammed Russell for two sixes and two fours in the last over to set the hosts a daunting target. It consumed almost all their resources, but they scraped through in the end.

Awesome Andre


Andre Russell's strike rate in this IPL - the highest for any batsman with at least 250 runs in a season.

Axar's worst


Runs conceded Axar Patel in his third over - his most expensive in the IPL. He had conceded only 4 runs from his first-two.

Brakes applied


KKR's score in overs No. 6 to 10; they had scored 55 for the loss one wicket in the first five.

Rapid fifty!


Balls taken by KKR for their first-fifty runs; this was the second-fastest fifty by them at the Eden Gardens.

Favourite opposition


Wickets taken by Sunil Narine against KXIP - the most he has taken against any team in T20s.

Expensive at the Eden


Runs off Brad Hogg's third over (including a bye) - equal the highest scored off an over from any KKR spinner at the Eden Gardens.

Narine's at No.2


Wickets Sunil Narine has taken in T20s - the second-most by any player from West Indies. Only Dwayne Bravo (234 wkts) is ahead of him.

Narine in Powerplays


Sunil Narine's eco in 6 overs in the Powerplays; only Marchant de Lange, eco of 2.5, has done better this season.

Four on the trot


KKR's record against KXIP in the last-four games between the teams. The last they lost to KXIP was in 2014, in Abu Dhabi.