KXIP beat KKR by 8 wickets in Indian Premier League Shami, Mandeep Singh and Gayle guide to 5th consecutive victory.

KXIP won the toss and opted to bowl. Both sides remain unchanged which means Mayank Agarwal and Andre Russell will not take part for their respective sides tonight.

Glenn Maxwell dismisses Nitish Rana 0 run off 1 delivery in the first over to give Kings XI Punjab a great start. Mohammed Shami then strikes twice in one over to send back Rahul Tripathi 7 runs off 4 deliveries and Dinesh Karthik 0 run off 2 deliveries to put KKR in a spot of trouble.

Shubman Gill and Eoin Morgan have put life back into the innings with an aggressive approach after Kolkata Knight Riders lose three of their top four inside the first six overs. They add 81 runs in just under eight overs before Ravi Bishnoi dismisses Morgan 40 runs off 25 deliveries, caught in the deep at square leg. Chris Jordan bowled Sunil Narine 6 runs off 4 deliveries to turn the tables on KKR and put them in a tough position yet again.

Kamlesh Nagarkoti 6 and Pat Cummins 1 all departed cheaply to leave KKR tottering. Shubman Gill 57 runs off 45 deliveries and Lockie Ferguson 24* runs off 13 deliveries help to reach 149/9.

Shami finished with three for 35. Chris Jordan finished his four-over quota taking two wickets for 25 runs.

KL Rahul and Mandeep Singh give Kings XI Punjab a good start in their chase of 150. They add 47 for the first wicket before Varun Chakravarthy traps on 28 Rahul lbw.

Chris Gayle 51 and Mandeep Singh 66* added 100 runs for the second wicket from 61 balls easily achieve the target.

Eoin Morgan, losing captain: Particularly here at Sharjah, you have to counterattack if you lose early wickets, and identify the wicket early. Disappointed with the partnerships, thought we could have scored more (runs). When we were three down, we wanted a partnership going. Around 180-190 would have been a good score, but we kept losing wickets. That’s one of the challenges this year, going from ground to ground. Hopefully we adjust to the conditions in Dubai. That’s the nature of the tournament, there are not many bad sides. Our fate is in our own hands in the last two games. I think Gill scoring runs and restricting the Kings till the 11th or 12th over, those were the positives.

Mandeep Singh: This was very special. My father always used to tell me to remain not out in every game, definitely special. He always used to tell me, whether you score 100 or 200, you should be not out. I had a talk with Rahul before the start of the game. Last game I was trying to score quicker and I wasn’t comfortable doing that. I told Rahul if I play my normal game, I will win the game and I had the belief. He (Rahul) told me to back my game and play the way I want to play, pretty happy with the win. He (Gayle) was just telling me to keep batting and play till the end and I just told him that he should never retire. He is too good. We are very excited.

Chris Gayle | Player of the Match: I have been doing some off-field training with the trainer when I wasn’t playing. Hitting the gym (laughs). You have to have the good feeling. We are happy now, still a long way to go. It was important to assess the conditions as quickly as possible. Two very good spinners, it was important to adjust quickly. Once you get the first boundary going, I was always going to get into the zone. I eased a bit of pressure off Mandeep, he batted really well and it was a great partnership. Sunil has got me out so many teams. You got to make best use of it because the wicket wasn’t suiting for him. The last game, we told that we wanted to win it for him (Mandeep). Really happy for him. We needed some sort of momentum to get that will power. We need senior players to step up. Glad that me and Mandeep put our hands up.

KL Rahul | Winning captain: We decided to play positive cricket. We believed that things can turn around. A complete team performance. Batting looking good, bowling looking good, fielding has always been good. With the bubble, you don’t have your closed ones. The way he (Mandeep) played, it makes everyone emotional. When you have Anil Kumble as the coach, it’s not surprising that we have two leg-spinners. Complete team effort, a lot of credit has to go to the coaches. It was a very hard decision not to play him (Chris). This is the hungriest I have ever seen him. He’s always positive, pushing the youngsters. We have Chris in the dressing room. Just his presence means a lot to us. When we started five games ago, we knew we had to win all the games. One game at a time, keep the confidence going and keep the energy going.

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