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Kings XI Punjab beat KKR by 9 wickets to reach the top of the points tally

gayle rahulThe Galestorm continued to tear apart the opposition attack on Saturday (April 21) and this time the victim was the Kolkata Knight Riders. Chris Gayle (62* off 38), who made his third consecutive 50 plus score in the season, and Player of the Match Lokesh Rahul (60 off 27) ensured that the Kings XI Punjab make a mockery of the total put forward by the Kolkata Knight Riders.

In the rain-affected game, the Kings XI were able to win by 9 wickets against KKR at their home ground on Saturday. The win ensured that Punjab reached the summit of the points table with 4 wins out of 5.

Earlier Chris Lynn fired for the Knights and made 74 off 41 deliveries helping the KKR reach a 191/7. However, the attacking cricket from the Punjab openers Gayle and Rahul made sure that Punjab won quite convincingly in the end.

After the rain-interruption, Punjab’s target was revised to 125 runs in 12 overs. However, the R Ashwin led team got there in just 11.1 overs with the loss of 1 wicket. This was Punjab’s fourth win in 5 matches while it was the third defeat for the Knight Riders in their sixth match.

Prior to this, KKR did not get off to a good start. Sunil Narine who came in to open the innings departed after scoring just 1 run. After that Chris Lynn and Robin Uthappa tried to stabilize the innings. However, a couple of good wickets and the scoreboard read 85/3. It was then that captain Dinesh Karthik joined hands with Lynn and helped the Knights reach the 191 run mark.