A disciplined bowling performance ensured a nail-biting win for Kings XI Punjab over Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in the Indian Premier League (IPL).
Needing a modest 135 to win, KKR were restricted to 132 for seven with Harmeet Singh and Piyush Chawla ensuring that a 35-run blitz from Debabrata Das went
Singh finished with one for 27 off his four overs and conceded just six off the 20th over of the KKR innings to help Punjab register their second win in four matches. Chawla took three crucial wickets and ended with figures of three for 18 to be the standout performer for the Punjab side.
Das, who could only hit the final ball for a single, faced 23 deliveries for his cameo.
Narine’s show fails to inspire KKR
Earlier, Sunil Narine claimed a five-wicket haul to restrict Kings XI to a less-than competitive total.
The West Indies international’s spin bowling proved too much for Punjab who were well placed at 73 for two before losing their way.
Mandeep Singh was sent back by Shakib Al Hasan for 38 and Rajat Bhatia claimed two wickets in an economical return of two for 14, while Narine added another two wickets to raise KKR’s hopes of winning the match.
However, Singh and Chawla propelled the score past the 130-run mark with a flurry of boundaries in the final stages of the innings.
The loss was KKR’s third in five IPL matches.
Published in The Express Tribune, April 16th, 2012.