“If Kohli is King, Gill is the Prince!” Fans React as KKR Defeat KXIP

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Taking a major step towards securing a Playoff spot, Kolkata Knight Riders defeated fellow contenders Kings XI Punjab by 7 wickets at the Mohali Stadium. The stadium had been KXIP’s fortress, with the home team winning all the IPL games played here. However, the Kings lost when they needed to win the most. The implication of the defeat is that they are almost at the verge of elimination. As for KKR, they have now climbed to the 5th spot and are level with fourth placed SRH with 12 points. However, the team will have to win with a big margin in their last match against MI if they fancy a top 4 finish.

Having been asked to bat first, KXIP did not have the best of starts with both the openers returning to pavilion within the 4 overs. It was the middle order trio of Mayank Agarwal (36), Nicholas Pooran (48), and Sam Curran (55*) that helped the Kings post a competitive total of 183/6.

However, it didn’t prove to be much of a match in front of KKR’s rejuvenated batting order. The shuffle in the top order seems to have spelt magic for Kolkata with Shubman Gill being the biggest beneficiary. The Punjab batsman cracked a brilliant knock of 65 runs from 49 balls on his native ground to help KKR get a fantastic start. Chris Lynn (46), and Andre Russell (24) ably supported the youngster as the visitors chased down the total comfortably within 18 over itself.

And without a doubt, Shubman Gill was trending on topic even before the match ended. Here is how the Twitterati reacted on the 19-year-old’s epic knock:

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Monish Gadiya is an editor at KreedOn. He is a thorough tech-enthusiast and believes that innovation is the answer to all the problems prevalent in the society. Monish graduated from University of Pune with a degree in civil engineering before pursuing a post-graduate diploma course in intellectual property rights. A die-hard football fan, he has represented his college at various football competitions.

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