Shubman Gill kept the Kolkata Knight Riders’ qualifying hopes alive, his classy half-century driving his side to a seven-wicket win against the Kings XI Punjab.
It was a must-win game for both sides, who had the opportunity to put pressure on the Sunrisers Hyderabad for the final playoff spot.
A David Miller-less Kings XI were sent into bat, and they posted a competitive 183-6 in their allotted overs. Miller hasn’t been in his best form, with one half-century to his name and 213 runs in 10 matches – an average of 26.62.
Sam Curran starred for the Kings XI with a 24-ball 55 (seven fours and two sixes). Nicholas Pooran also managed a positive contribution, scoring 48 off 27 balls (three fours, two sixes).
The Knight Riders started determinedly as Gill led the way for his side. He was helped by Chris Lynn, whose 46 helped the side to 62-1 in six overs.
They made it to 100 when they lost their second.
Gill carried his side. The 19-year-old scored 65 off 49 balls (five fours, two sixes) to take KKR over the line.
This took them level with the Sunrisers Hyderabad on 12 points in fourth position.
This knocked the Kings XI out of the tournament.