Mohali: Shubman Gill showed maturity beyond years as Kolkata Knight Riders knocked out Kings XI Punjab by seven wickets on Friday to stay afloat in the Indian Premier League.
Chasing a target of 184, the 19-year-old Gill showed his range on his ‘home turf’ with an attractive 65 not out off 49 balls balls, anchoring the chase after Chris Lynn set the pace with some big hits in the Powerplay overs.
Not only did KKR reach the target in 18 overs but they also improved the net run-rate as they now have 12 points with a must-win away game against Mumbai Indians left.
The opening duo added 62 in 6 overs before Lynn was dismissed havingh hit five fours and two sixes. Robin Uthappa looked good but didn’t stay long enough even as Gill, who hit five fours and two sixes carried on with minimum fuss. Andre Russell hit a couple of sixes in the 50-run stand in only 4.2 overs to cut the chase short.
However Gill’s batting was a treat for the eyes as he literally toyed with KXIP skipper Ravichandran Ashwin hitting him for 18 runs in an over. There was a six over long on where he came down the track and another slog sweep behind square.
The half-century came with a deft late cut which prompted his happy father to break into a bhangra. In the end, skipper Dinesh Karthik (21 off 9 balls) finished the match with a flourish.