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Punjab beats KKR to keep hopes alive for play offs

Punjab beats KKR to keep hopes alive for play offs

Two ball later Chris Lynn was run-out by an excellent pick and throw by Axar Patel, which proved to be the final nail in the coffin for KKR.

Mohali: On a high after sealing a playoffs berth, Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) would aim for a top-two finish when they take on Kings XI Punjab in an Indian Premier League (IPL) match here on Tuesday. In a must-win game, KXIP defeated the two-time IPL winners KKR by 14 runs to keep their hopes of qualifying for play-offs alive.

Narine and his opening partner Chris Lynn put on 105 runs from just 6.1 overs in as KKR chased down the target of 159 in a jiffy with 4.5 overs to spare.

The top two teams of the league play each other in the playoffs with the loser meeting the victor of the Eliminator involving the third placed and fourth placed teams.

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"We probably left ourselves 10-15 (runs) short, but the way we scrapped on the field and the way we bowled, outstanding", Maxwell said. Mumbai Indians have two games in hand and have lost just three from their 12 matches.

KXIP's Sandeep Sharma and MI's Mitchell McClenaghan have been the two most successful bowlers in the powerplay overs this season; both bowlers have picked up 9 wickets in the powerplay overs.

From here on, it will be a Herculean task for Kings XI to qualify for the play-offs as they not only will have to win their remaining three games but their fate will also depend on the outcome of other games. With 250 runs in 12 matches, Rohit will be looking to follow Suresh Raina's feat of scoring 300+ runs in every IPL season. Parthiv Patel (38) and Lendl Simmons (59 off 32 balls) smoted the KXIP bowling en route their 99-run stand in only 8.4 overs. "If had just rotated strike a bit more, we would have found ourselves in a comfortable position rather than have to whack boundaries in the end", Lynn stated.

"#DwayneSmith, destructor doctor.Great innings today resulting in a great win".

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Kolkata Knight Riders: Sunil Narine, Gautam Gambhir (captain), Chris Lynn, Robin Uthappa (wicketkeeper), Manish Pandey, Colin de Grandhomme, Yusuf Pathan, Chris Woakes, Umesh Yadav, Kuldeep Yadav, Ankit Rajpoot.

Earlier, Glenn Mexwell hit a quickfire 25-ball 44 as Kings XI Punjab scored 167 for 6 after being put into bat. After losing their previous outing against the Sunrisers Hyderabad, they will look to get the better off Kings XI Punjab in match no. 51 of Vivo IPL 10.

KXIP were not too impressive with the bat once again, though skipper Glenn Maxwell and Wriddhiman Saha did provide them with some crucial runs before Rahul Tewatia came in at the lower end to use the long handle effectively.

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