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Kolkata Knight Riders beat Kings XI Punjab by 31 runs in a high scoring game played at the Holkar Cricket Stadium in Indore on May 11, 2018. With this, KKR reached the fourth spot at the points table with six wins from twelve matches. Kings XI stayed at the third position with six wins from eleven games.

R Ashwin won the toss and elected to bowl first

KKR quickly notched up two back to back fifty run partnerships for the first and second wicket respectively. Lynn (27 runs off 17 balls) and Uthappa (24 runs off 17 balls) supported Sunil Narine, who scored 75 runs from 36 balls during this period. Andrew Tye got all three of them to put KKR at 130 for 3 after 12 overs.

After this, it was carnage at the Holkar Stadium as Captain Karthik and Andre Russell combined for a partnership. Russell got 31 runs from 14 balls, while Karthik got 50 up for just 23 balls. A late flourish from Shubnam Gill, Nitish Rana, and Jason Searles ensured Kolkata reached to their highest ever score of 245-6 in 20 overs. For Punjab, Tye got the best figures in the innings of 4 for 40 in 4 overs.

Kings XI began their chase with a thumb but soon lost fuel.

In the last over of the powerplay, Andre Russell dismissed Gayle and Agarwal on back to back deliveries to leave them at 60-2 after six overs. KL Rahul kept going and scored 66 off just 29 balls before Narine got his wicket.

Regular wickets meant Punjab kept losing the momentum of the chase. Cameos from Aaron Finch (34 runs off 20 balls), Axar Patel (19 runs off 11 balls) and R Ashwin (45 runs off 22 balls) wasn't enough to chase down the huge total. Punjab ended with a score of 214-8 after 20 overs. Russell picked up 3 wickets for 41 in 4 overs for the Knights.

Sunil Narine received the man of the match award for his batting performances and for picking up the crucial wicket of KL Rahul.

KKR's next game is against Rajasthan at Kolkata on May 15 while KXIP will stay back at Indore as RCB will visit them on May 14.

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