In the game number 20 of the Vivo IPL 2018, The Kings XI Punjab defeated the Kolkata Knight Riders at the latter’s home in a rain-interrupted game. Batting second, the Kings XI Punjab were well ahead of the required run rate and hence the D/L Method swung the game in their favour.
The Kolkata Knight Riders set a handsome total of 192 for the Kings XI and the riding on a dream start rendered by their in-form opening pair, the Kings won with ease. After rain interrupted the game for 95 minutes, the match was reduced to 13 overs and the Kings XI were given a revised total of 125 runs. Kings XI Punjab won by 9 wickets as both KL Rahul and Chris Gayle hit amazing half centuries.
Dinesh Karthik Questions the D/L Method
After the Kolkata Knight Riders lost the game to the Kings XI Punjab by the D/L method, the skipper of the Kolkata Knight Riders, Dinesh Karthik slammed the D/L method. Dinesh Karthik said that the S/L method is strange and he advocated that the VJD method which is the Indian counterpart of the D/L method should be used instead of D/L method in the IPL. Clearly, the KKR skipper was distraught after the loss while the Kings XI Punjab now sit on the top of the points table like a real king.
Karthik also highlighted the fact that while before the rain stopped play, the Kings XI Punjab needed runs at 8 runs per over and after the match resumed with D/L method in effect, they needed just 6 runs per over.
The Kolkata Knight Riders now have 3 wins from 6 games and they would look forward to bouncing back in the tournament. The Kings XI on the other side made their way to the top of the table after the win in the rain-truncated game. Chris Gayle has been on a roll and he now has 2 half centuries and a century in IPL 2018 from just 3 games. Other teams would now really be scared of the Gayle Storm and they have a lot to think about as to how can they curtail the Gayle storm.