With KKR having put a huge total of 191 in their quota of 20-overs riding on the back of Chris Lynn’s 74, the match was very well set-up for a great game of cricket.
Kings XI came in to bat chasing a target of 192 and found themselves in the front seat from the word Go. Chris Gayle and KL Rahul gave Punjab the kind of start any team would like its batsmen to give. KL Rahul dispatched Shivam Mavi for 9 runs in the very first over of the game. From thereon, Kings never took a step backward. The next over saw Russell being hit for 13 runs at the hands of both KL and Gayle.
In 8.2 overs Punjab were riding fine on 96 without the loss of any wicket. Just then, heavens decided to pour down. Gayle had just hit Chawla for a 6 on the 2nd ball of the 8th over to reach his individual score of 49 when the thunderstorm decided to put a stop to the Gayle Storm.
The match resumed an hour and a half later and it was Gayle facing Chawla again. The thunderstorm did put a hold on to the Gayle Storm, but failed to stop it completely. Gayle dispatched the first ball he faced after the interval for a six.
Kings just needed another 29 runs off 28-balls according to the D/L method. It was a cake walk for the Kings with Rahul and Gayle in the middle.
Just when Punjab needed another 8 runs to win, Rahul got out to Sunil Narine, caught on the boundary by Tom Curran.
Chris Gayle ending the proceedings with a six. He hit Tom Curran on the 1st ball of the 12th over for a mistimed six straight over his head.
Rahul’s 27 -ball 60 and Gayle’s 38 -ball 62 took Punjab to a comfortable victory, in spite of the hindrance caused by the thunderstorm.