Dinesh Karthik won the toss and elected to bat first, and his team got off to a very poor start in the powerplay. Rahul Tripathi didn't look like a batsman on the back of a Man of the Match performance, and after he had his stumps rearranged by Mohammed Shami, Nitish Rana was involved in an embarrassing run-out.
Eoin Morgan, who came in at his preferred No. 4 position, steadied the KKR ship alongside Shubman Gill, before Ravi Bishnoi caused the Englishman to find long-on in soft fashion. Captain Karthik walked in at the fall of Morgan's wicket, and looked to attack right from the outset.
The wicket-keeper hit 8 fours and 2 sixes in his 29-ball 58, and KKR reached a par score of 164/6. Bishnoi and young left-armer Arshdeep Singh were excellent with the ball for KXIP as they registered identical figures of 1/25 in their 4 overs.
In reply, the consistent opening pair of KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal never looked in trouble, apart from an early reprieve handed to the KXIP captain by Andre Russell.
The KKR bowlers lacked penetration for the major part of the innings, but the wickets of Mayank Agarwal and Nicholas Pooran put brakes on the scoring. Prabhsimran Singh didn't do much at the crease, and Prasidh Krishna scalped the all-important wicket of KL Rahul off the last ball of the penultimate over.
Sunil Narine managed to defend 14 off the final over against Glenn Maxwell, with the final ball falling inches short of the boundary rope. Had it gone for six, the game would've gone to a Super Over.
Twitter had a lot to say, and here are the best reactions from the KXIP vs KKR IPL 2020 game.
Twitter reacts to IPL 2020, KXIP vs KKR
— lavish🇮🇳 (@LavishBhandawat) October 10, 2020
The best moment of 21-year-old Arshdeep as he gets Russell - he has bowling in death over so well and getting the reward. Well done, young man.
— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) October 10, 2020
— Vinay Kumar R (@Vinay_Kumar_R) October 10, 2020
— Silly Point (@FarziCricketer) October 10, 2020
First signs of intent from KL with that jump to let Mayank score the runs. #KXIPvKKR
— Manya (@CSKian716) October 10, 2020
— KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) October 10, 2020
Rohit Sharma liked a post against Virat Kohli still Virat retained him as Vice Captain and picked him in test team as opener , Shivam Mavi liked a post against SRK nd he kicked out Mavi immediately from team. Difference between gentleman and an insecure fraud .
— Aivy 🕉️ (@VamosVirat) October 10, 2020
SRK to shivam mavi who liked negative tweet again him. pic.twitter.com/TdzY8JzDKj
— तूफ़ान का देवताᵀʰᵒʳ 🚩 (@iStormbreaker_) October 10, 2020
Can someone tel me the secret behind sending in Simran Singh ahead of Maxwell and Mandeep Singh ? #KXIP
— Dhaya Alagiri (@dhayaalagiri) October 10, 2020