Punjab set 168-run target for Kolkata

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Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) remained in contention to qualify for the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2017 playoffs, after they trumped Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) by 14 runs, in match 49.

After posting 167/6 at the PCA Stadium, Punjab bowlers came to the party keeping Kolkata waiting for their playoffs berth as the hosts put up an authoritative win.

KKR is in the second position on the IPL table they are in the form to reach first in this table by winning this match which won in eight matches among 12. A word of appreciation for Axar Patel's contribution in the field; he pouched a magnificent catch to dismiss Uthappa and then fired in an inch-perfect rocket throw from the boundary that resulted in the run out of Lynn. The pick of the bowlers for Punjab was Rahul Tewatia who had figures of two for 18. The leggie went on to bowl a sensational spell conceding just 18 runs in his full quota of overs.

However, the icing on the cake was the run out of Lynn. After hitting 3 sixes and 8 fours, Lynn scored 84 off 52 balls. The two batsmen added 39 runs in a little less than 6 overs to keep KKR afloat. Saha at the other end rotated strike hitting a boundary whenever he came across a loose ball.

Glenn Maxwell announced four changes to the Kings XI side that failed to defend 189 against Gujarat Lions two nights ago.

From 63 for 3 at the halfway mark, Kings XI took 104 runs from the final 10 overs. The hitting part was done by Maxwell as he was setting himself up for a big score.

Yadav though had the last laugh as he dismissed Vohra in the fifth over with a short delivery.

The hosts were further in trouble as Shaun Marsh (11) departed after a promising start. The Australian played two delectable shots off Colin de Grandhomme, including a glorious straight drive, before he was out at Kings XI score of 56 for 3. Guptill missed a sweep against offspinner Narine and was adjudged lbw while Marsh was bowled by a Chris Woakes special.

The wicket-keeper batsman was returning from an injury but that did not deter him from taking on the leg-spinner off the first ball he faced. After the first two deliveries were deposited into the stands at midwicket, Kuldeep tossed the ball up yet again, only this time throwing it wider; Maxwell went through with the aggressive stroke yet again, but didn't get enough muscle under it and Woakes took a good running catch at wide long-off.

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