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Two big wickets in KL Rahul and Chris Gayle, right at the start and Kolkata Knight RIders knew they had taken theearly advantage.
It was Nicholas Pooran who began Punjab's surge back into the game with some clean hitting, Buthis departure forced Kings XI Punjab on the backfoot, and they looked struggling to post a score in the vicinity of150.
Shubman Gill leads KKR to stay alive
It was then something of a pity the bowlers couldn't back that up and deliver the result Kings XI so desperatelyneeded to keep realistic hopes of qualification alive. Sam Curran however had other ideas. The left-handed all-rounder made all the difference, unleashed a flurry of boundaries with a 24-ball 55. The score suddenly balloonedto 183 for 6 and Kolkata knew they had a tough job at hand, and their response was in exactly that fashion, withChris Lynn coming out firing all cylinders.
Curran's cerebral knock
After his dismissal Shubman Gill played with great maturity, picking his bowlers, and shots to get those crucialboundaries. Together with Andre Russell, he stitched a valuable 50 run stand and also raising his 4th fifty of theseason. 34 runs from victory and Russell lost his wicket, trying to hit Shami in to the stands. Gill and Karthikhowever ensured there were no hiccups this time and the two took Knight Riders home with ease and 7 wickets inhand. An important win for Kolkata, earning themselves two valuable points in that dash for the last four spot inthe playoffs.
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