A thriller, a nail biter, a humdinger - call it whatever you want. We experienced some unprecedented situations as not only the match was tied, but the super over was also tied and we had another super over to decide the winner. Eventually, it was Punjab who managed to get over the line as they edged past RR and CSK to reach the 6th spot on the points table.
It will be the battle of contrasting fortunes when Mumbai Indians take on Kings XI Punjab in match number 36 of IPL 2020 at the Dubai International Stadium on Sunday. With six wins in eight matches, including the last five in a row, Mumbai are well on their way to progress to the play-offs. KXIP, in contrast, have been below ordinary despite their openers skipper KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal being the top two run-getters in IPL 2020 so far. They would be glad to have broken the losing jinx against RCB though, the only team they have beaten in this year’s edition so far
Punjab finally got their second win of the season with some solid batting performances from their skipper Rahul and comeback man Gayle, who smashed five sixes tonight. Chahal made things interesting by giving just a solitary run off the first five balls in the final over, but Pooran managed to guide them home.
Chris Gayle is all set to play his first match for Kings XI Punjab this season, and the struggling franchise would hope that his return can change the fortunes of the team for better. Punjab will have a tough task on hand when they face an in-form Royal Challengers Bangalore in Sharjah on Thursday. While Punjab have only won one out of seven games as they have failed to finish off matches, RCB are in the top half of the points table with five victories from seven games.
Kings XI Punjab looked like the winning side for the first 17 overs in the second innings as KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal put on 115 for the opening stand, but lost wickets in a cluster at the end to fall short by 2 runs. Dinesh Karthik top scored for the Kolkata Knight Riders with a 29 ball 58.
A struggling Kings XI Punjab will face another massive challenge when they take on a strong Kolkata Knight Riders in Match number 24 of IPL 2020 at Abu Dhabi. While Punjab tasted a 69-run defeat at the hands of Sunrisers Hyderabad in their previous encounter, KKR made a sensational comeback to defeat an inconsistent Chennai Super Kings in the previous contest. KXIP are placed last with one win and five losses while KKR are fourth with three wins so far.
David Warner and Jonny Bairstow starred with the bat as the Sunrisers Hyderabad posted 201. For the Kings XI Punjab, it was Pooran who fought a lone battle with a sparkling 77, but with little support from his fellow batsmen, his side lost the match by 69 runs.
Last-placed Kings XI Punjab will face sixth-placed Sunrisers Hyderabad in match number 22 of Dubai International Stadium on Thursday. While Punjab have only one win from five games, SRH have registered two wins and three defeats.
The Chennai Super Kings made a mockery of the 179 run target given to them as they romped over the Kings XI Punjab in the 18th match of IPL 2020. Shane Watson and Faf du Plessis struck impressive 80’s as they won the match by 10 wickets, with more than two overs to spare.