The KKR vs KXIP encounter for many days was billed as the most crucial encounter to decide the team making playoffs, but ended up one-sided as KXIP chased the target of 145 easily, with 8 wickets and 7 balls left. The match was at Sharjah, the batting paradise, but some remarkable bowling by Mohammed Shami pegged down KKR to 10/3.
From there, the Gill-Morgan partnership of 81 runs put KKR at a strong position of 92/3 in 9.4 overs. From here, they suffered a second wave of collapse, and never seemed in a strong position from here. In the first six overs of the second half, KKR added just 24 runs for the loss of 3 wickets, with only one boundary.
A cameo from the late-entrant Lockie Ferguson helped KKR to 149. But this was enough only to increase the duration of the match. Fifties from Chris Gayle and Mandeep Singh helped Kings XI Punjab seal a clinical chase, which has been the theme of last few matches. Here’s a look at the numbers from the KKR vs KXIP match.
KKR vs KXIP – Stats from 46th game of IPL 2020
20 – Wickets taken by Mohammed Shami this season, becoming only the second bowler from Kings XI Punjab with twenty in a season. The first was Andrew Tye, who won the Purple Cap in 2018, with 24 wickets.
12 – This was Shubman Gill’s second fifty of the IPL season, and incredibly both of them are against the team based on his region of birth, KXIP. He is the twelfth player with 50+ scores in both his team’s group stage matches against KKR. The other eleven players are given below.
Rohit Sharma in 2008
Chris Gayle in 2012, 2013
Mayank Agarwal in 2015
David Warner in 2015, 2016, 2017, 2019
Andre Russell in 2015
Quinton de Kock in 2016
Robin Uthappa in 2016
Manish Pandey in 2018
Jos Buttler in 2018
AB de Villiers in 2019
Faf du Plessis in 2019
32 – Mandeep Singh’s long wait for an IPL fifty comes to an end with his first in 32 innings during KKR vs KXIP. The last time he scored a fifty was in 2017 while playing for RCB, against the same opposition in KKR.
28 – Total matches where the six machine Chris Gayle hit at least 5 sixes, which is ten more than any other player in IPL.
Most times hitting 5 or more sixes in an IPL innings
28 – Chris Gayle
18 – AB de Villiers
12 – Kieron Pollard
11 – Shane Watson
10 – Rohit Sharma
5 – The partnership between Gayle-Mayank is the fifth century partnership at Sharjah in IPL. Despite Sharjah hosting the lowest number of matches, it has the most century partnerships (Abu Dhabi and Dubai has produced 4 each).
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5 – This is the first instance of century partnerships in five consecutive days in IPL.
22 Oct – 140* between Manish Pandey & Vijay Shankar
23 Oct – 116* between Quinton de Kock & Ishan Kishan
24 Oct – 115 between Nitish Rana & Sunil Narine
25 Oct – 152* between Ben Stokes & Sanju Samson
26 Oct – 100 between Mandeep Singh & Chris Gayle
5 – Consecutive matches won by Kings XI Punjab, which is their first such streak since the 2014 IPL season where they reached their only final. Kings XI Punjab produced the second instance of a team winning five consecutive matches immediately after losing five consecutive matches. The other team to do it was Deccan Chargers in 2010.
3 – Total matches lost by captain Eoin Morgan, while winning only 2 (including a Super Over). Dinesh Karthik on the other hand won 4 and lost 3 this season.
22 – Total Man-of-the-Match awards for Chris Gayle in IPL, as he won his first MOTM of the ongoing season today. Only AB de Villiers is ahead of him in IPL, with 23.