In the 52nd match of the exciting Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019 expedition, Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) registered a comprehensive 7-wicket victory over the Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) at the PCA Stadium in Mohali. The KXIP team recorded an imposing first innings total due to Sam Curran’s brilliant half-century knock. While in the second innings, KKR young opener Shubman Gill compiled a splendid innings to stand tall and steered his team to a comfortable win. With this victory, KKR have kept their playoffs hopes very much alive, while KXIP have been knocked out of the tournament.
After losing the toss and being asked to bat first, KXIP team suffered massive blows in the form of wickets of Chris Gayle and KL Rahul pretty early. Then with Nicholas Pooran and Sam Curran quick-fire knocks, the home team posted a pretty challenging total of 183 runs in their 20 overs. For KKR, Shubman Gill constructed a fantastic unbeaten knock of 65 runs to help his team record an emphatic victory.
Can’t get better than this
Gill, who was bought by KKR in the 2018 IPL auctions, originally comes from Punjab and also plays domestic cricket for the same team. After the game last night, Gill revealed that it feels great to win the Man of the Match award at his home ground. Gill first stitched an excellent opening partnership of 62 runs along with Chris Lynn and then compiled a quick half-century stand with Andre Russell to help KKR claim a strong position in the game.
“It feels great, my first MoM at my home ground. Can’t get better than this. It was important to build partnership. I was striking it at 80-100 but the run-rate was still going around 9-10, so that’s when I decided I had to stay in there,” said Shubman Gill.
Gill further mentioned that many people from his village also came to watch the encounter and thus, he feels nice to play well in front of everyone. KKR will be locking horns with Mumbai Indians (MI) at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on May 5, which will also be the last game of the season for both the teams. The KKR team desperately needs to win the next game in order to stake a chance to qualify for the playoffs.
“Even some relatives from my village came to watch so it’s great to play in front of everyone. We have one more match to go, and it would be very nice if we can win that and make it into the playoffs,” Gill added.