Eden Gardens records the highest total in IPL. On a pitch that had a tinge of green, KKR rode on Nitish Rana (63 off 34 balls) and Andre Russell (48 off 17) to record the landmark total. The Dinesh Karthik-led side also overtook Delhi Capitals’ 213, which was the highest total of IPL 2019 till this evening.
KKR smashed 17 sixes overall — seven of which came from Nitish Rana’s bat, who earned the Orange Cup for his second consecutive fifty. Kolkata Knight Riders’ 218 for the loss of four wickets against Kings XI Punjab at the Eden Gardens on Tuesday is the highest-ever IPL total at the iconic ground.
KKR started on a positive note by taking on rookie spinner Varun Chakravarthy. Sunil Narine smashed the mystery bowler for 25 runs in his first over.
Kings XI skipper Ravichandran Ashwin — who hogged the limelight for ‘Mankading’ Jos Buttler in the last fixture — conceded 47 runs in his four overs, without claiming a wicket.
KKR smashed 17 sixes overall — seven of which came from Rana’s bat, who earned the Orange Cup for his second consecutive fifty.