KL Rahul-led Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) is team on mission. KXIP thrashed Kolkata Knight Riders by eight wickets in the match no. 46 of Indian Premier League 2020 on Monday to register 5th consecutive victory in IPL 2020.
The win means they leapfrog the Kolkata Knight Riders and are now in the fourth place on the points table with 12 points.
As now they are in driver seat in the playoff race – check what more is required for them to qualify for playoffs –
- Sixteen points will ensure their progress into the playoffs without any riders which means they have to win both their remaining games.
- However, if they lose one of their last two games and finish on 14, then things will get tricky. At this stage 7 teams can potentially finish on 14 or more points, while the Knight Riders and the top three teams can all get to 16 and eliminate the Kings XI.
- If it comes down to NRR, the Kings XI don’t have much to worry from the Knight Riders or the Rajasthan Royals, but the Sunrisers Hyderabad have a better NRR, which will further improve if they win their last three games and finish on 14. However, the Sunrisers’ last three games are against the top three teams – the Mumbai Indians, the Delhi Capitals and the Royal Challengers Bangalore – on the points table.
Here we take a look at Kings XI Punjab five consecutive wins (5 ka Punch) in IPL 2020:
KXIP beat RCB (15th Oct): KL Rahul continued his run of good form, while Chris Gayle marked his arrival at IPL 2020 with a half-century as KXIP beat RCB by 8 wickets at Sharjah Cricket Stadium.
After RCB posted 171 for six, Rahul (61 not out) and Gayle (53) smashed fifties, while Mayank Agarwal too chipped in with a 25-ball 45 as to help Punjab chase down the challenging target.
KXIP beat MI (18th Oct): It took Kings XI Punjab 20 overs and two Super Overs and some sensational bowling in the death overs as the KL Rahul-led side edged Mumbai Indians at Dubai International Stadium. Both the teams scored 176 runs in the allotted 20 overs due to which thee match entered the Super Over.
Interestingly, Mohammed Shami first defended 6 runs in the first Super Over to take the match into the second one.
Mayank Agarwal and Chris Gayle then chased down the 12-run target in the second Super Over to hand KXIP a much-needed win.
KXIP beat DC (20th Oct): Shikhar Dhawan’s second consecutive ton went in vain as Kings XI Punjab handed Delhi Capitals a five-wicket victory at Dubai International Stadium.
Despite a ton by Dhawan, DC could only get to 164/5 as others failed to fire. In reply, the heroics of Nicholas Pooran (53) and Glenn Maxwell (32) powered KXIP to a comfortable victory.
KXIP beat SRH (24 Oct): In a low scoring thriller, KXIP defended a mere 127-runs target as they defeated Sunrisers Hyderabad by 12 runs at Dubai International Stadium. Batting first after losing the toss, Punjab gave a target of 127 runs. In reply, Hyderabad was all out after scoring 114 runs.
SRH were 110/5 after the 18th over and needed 17 runs in the last two overs to cross the finish line.
However, Chris Jordan made sure that Punjab have the upper hand as after conceding 2 on the first 2 balls of the penultimate over, the England pacer got two wickets on two successive deliveries.
SRH needed 14 runs in the final over but Arshdeep conceded not more than 2 runs to pick two wickets before Bishnoi ran-out Khaleel Ahmed on the penultimate delivery as KXIP completed their fourth win on the bounce.
KXIP beat KKR (27 Oct): Chasing a target of 150, KXIP achieved the target in 18.5 overs losing only two wickets.
Gayle, who was overlooked and was also ill during the first phase showed why he is the ‘Universe Boss’ during his innings of 51 off 29 balls with five sixes. Mandeep, who is grieving the loss of his father, anchored the chase with an unbeaten 66 off 56 balls as the duo added 100 runs in 10.1 overs.
Kings XI Punjab will now take on Rajasthan Royals on 30th Oct and Chennai Super Kings on 1st Nov in their remaining two group games.