The Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) obtained the higher of its opposition from a shedding place but once more when it beat the Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) at Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi on Saturday.
Two days in the past, KKR had defeated the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) by 10 runs in the same method whereas defending 167. It defended 164 this time round, successful by simply two runs.
Skipper Dinesh Karthik’s technique of utilizing his spinners — Sunil Narine and Varun Chakravarthy — late within the 2020 IPL has paid dividends as his aspect received a second successive sport out of nowhere on the identical venue.
Against CSK, Narine and Chakravarthy had bowled 5 out of the final seven overs, conceding 38 runs. In Saturday’s match in opposition to KXIP, the Kolkata spin bowlers — Narine, Chakravarthy and Nitish Rana (0/7 in 1 over) — have been sensible within the final 10 overs as soon as extra.
Despite the absence of Andre Russell, Narine and Chakravarthy choked out Punjab within the loss of life, with ample assist from medium pacer Prasidh Krishna (3/29 in four overs) who was drafted in for this outing.
From needing solely 22 runs from 18 balls, KXIP was unable to get to the win as a result of Karthik and his dependable bowling line-up held their nerve to bag the 2 factors.