Also, pacers Barinder Sran and Andrew Tye, and Afghan spinner Mujeeb ur Rahman shoulder the bulk of the responsibility. Gayle's innings was typical of him but in the manner in which he saw off Bhuvneshwar Kumar's first spell and later unleashed a brutal assault on Rashid Khan's legspin, underlined the reservoir of experience that came into play during the knock. I don't want to complicate by batting, just see the ball and hit the ball. The dashing right-hander swept the Afghanistan teenage spinner for three consecutive fours, taking 15 runs off the 4th over. Third successive win for Punjab and they are climbing up the table.
He is in ominous form. That is 29 runs needed off 28 balls. It will be interesting to see who comes out on top in this battle between bat and ball. He uses the pace and sends the ball towards fine leg fence. Punjab's batting mostly relies on openers Chris Gayle and Lokesh Rahul as the duo have accumulated 471 and 311 runs respectively. Although it is still early days, it is a place that both sides would love to occupy.
Gayle moves away from the crease and cuts the ball over third man region for another six. Axar Patel gets his boundary as the long on fielder fails to stop it. Gayle hit the winning runs six off Tom Curran over long-on as they sealed the issue with 11 balls to spare. They are scoring for fun now. Shubman Gill gets his four.
A Chinaman who can bamboozle players with is variety. Narine is on 75 now. Seems like we will have a resumption soon. A good catch by Prasidh Krishna. Ashwin raps it short and Narine hammers it for a six. Reverse sweep and Karthik gets his boundary.
All-Rounders : Sunil Narine, A Russell, Tom Curran and R Ashwin are good. Hyderabad were never in the chase and lost comprehensively in the end. Short of a length ball outside off, he backs away and upper cuts it over the third man fence for a six. Five runs and a wicket in it. If he feels he can target a bowler, then I let him strike. Super catch from Karun Nair at the boundary ropes.
What a way to get off the mark. The team is expected to retain the same line-up from the last match. He has reached 45 runs in 20 balls. Narine and Lynn attacked the spinners once Mujeeb left the field. Rahul uses the pace, opens the face of the bat and guides Russell towards third man for a boundary.
Andre Russell impressed with the ball for Kolkata as he took three wickets while Prasidh Krishna also bowled well taking two wickets. This was Gayle's second consecutive match-winning innings after his 33-ball 63 against Chennai Super Kings. It's a blockbuster Saturday and fans would be busy given the dose of a double-header. Gayle still had to sit out the first two matches, but when his moment came he played two match-winning knocks, including a 63 against Chennai Super Kings. Two consecutive fours to midwicket off Ashwin. Just 5 runs off his first over. Barinder Sran comes into the attack.
Gayle completed a hat-trick of half-centuries with an unbeaten 62 from 38 balls that had five fours and six sixes while Rahul helped himself to a 60 off only 27 balls. Uthappa gets into the scoring act now. What a start from Gayle. Slower ball by Sran and Narine gets his maximum. Slog from Ashwin and he manages to clear the long on fence! Kolkata Knight Riders have the edge when it comes to head-to-head record with eight wins in the last nine matches. Kolkata Knight Riders played their last match at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur against Rajasthan Royals which they won by 7 wickets. Gayle leans forward and smashes Narine towards fine leg for a boundary.
Gill tried to catch that but slipper because of wet outfield and it sailed away over the boundary. We were little under the pump when we were bowling. Things turned worse for the 29-year-old as he caught cramps in the middle of his second over and had to walk off the pitch to tend to the same. It's really good to contribute to the team. Rajpoot collects and throws the ball to the 'keeper who does the rest. If you continue without changing your settings, we'll assume that you are happy to receive all cookies on the Maharashtra Times website. Russell uses the pace and sends the ball towards fine leg for a boundary.