After Saturday's match, Kolkata remains not out

IPL 2018 Playoffs

This is the second-highest match aggregate in IPL history.

Captain Dinesh Karthik supported with exactly 50, while Russell lashed a swift 31 and Australian Chris Lynn, 27. The opening partnership between Sunil Narine and Chris Lynn was broken in Mumbai, but in the return leg, they were brought back together, albeit with little success as KKR perished by a huge margin of runs. He switched to legspin nearly every time a right-hander came to the crease and bowled 37 wristspin balls across Kings XI's first six games, taking 2 wickets and conceding at 7.78 an over.

Chris Gayle (21 off 17 balls) couldn't play an impactful innings being dismissed by Russell.

Along with Narine, the pair helped KKR to 106/1 after 10 overs.

The chase was always going to be hard.

This win now takes KKR to fourth spot in the points table with six wins from 12 games.

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The clean-hitting duo both cleared the ropes three times and debutant Javon Searles hit his one and only ball for six over long on to finish off a devastating KKR batting performance in style. This is KKR's highest-ever total in the tournament, their previous best being 222/3 against Royal Challengers Bangalore in 2008.It was not just KKR batsmen who stole the show.

After Chris Lynn's dismissal, it was Sunil Narine who chose to go after KXIP bowler.

Sran got a harsh treatment in the 11th over when Narine hit him for two sixes and a boundary. Mayank Agarwal's technique against genuine quick bowling has always been susceptible and a short delivery from Russell (3/41in 4 overs) Once Rahul was bowled by Narine in a freakish manner, the match as a contest was over although Aaron Finch (34 off 20 balls), Axar Patel (19) and skipper Ashwin (45) did contribute a few runs. Someone other than KL (Rahul) and Chris (Gayle) has to stand up.

KXIP bowling unit, has been top class. It's possible Ashwin has found it hard to sustain what is a completely new skill for him through an entire season or that he has spotted something amiss with his technique and wants to work on it further.

Kolkata was hammered by Mumbai in their last encounter as the Rohit Sharma-led side registered a thumping 102-run victory over them.

The players on the other side kept falling as Karun Nair and Mayank Agrawal just came and went back. Wrist spinners Piyush Chawla and Kuldeep Yadav too could have important roles to play. Broadcast Starts at 16:00 Hours (IST). However, it will be a must win tie for KKR after losing to MI in the last match to stay alive in the playoffs race. Well, the belligerent batting display of Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) on a 45-degree Saturday afternoon in Indore, has been a ideal testament to this old saying.

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