The Twitterati lost it when Gautam Gambhir decided to replace Chris Lynn with Sunil Narine as his opening partner against KXIP. Narine proved to be an able deputy for the Aussie, grabbing the opportunity with both hands with a brilliant 37 off 18 balls.
Winning the toss, Gautam Gambhir cited the dew factor as the biggest reason for opting to field first as IPL returned to the Eden Gardens. The hosts, KKR handed Colin de Grandhomme his first cap in the IPL along with Umesh Yadav and Piyush Chawla also walked into the team to replace Chris Lynn, Ankit Rajpoot, and Kuldeep Yadav. Punjab made just one change bringing Ishant Sharma to the squad in place of T. Natarajan.
Brief scores: Kings XI Punjab 170/9 (David Miller 28, Manan Vohra 28; Umesh Yadav 4/33, Chris Woakes 2/30) lost to Kolkata Knight Riders 171/2 (Gautam Gambhir 72*, Sunil Narine 37; Varun Aaron 1/23, Axar Patel 1/36) by 8 wickets.
Knights now performing like kings, Kings suddenly beginning to look like pawns...— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) April 13, 2017
Exchange of roles!
Looks like saha and miller have exchanged their personalities #KKRvKXIP— Ambar_सरिया (@Ambar_Sariya) April 13, 2017
Legendary achievement unlocked!
This IPL— Kaun Mai Ka Laal Hai (@SRKpePHD) April 13, 2017
Best Batting Team - RCB
Best Bowling Team - GL
Legendary Fielding - KKR#KKRvKXIP
Good old childhood memories!
Gambhir after fumbling the catch and finally getting it!
Gambhir after taking the catch be like - pic.twitter.com/83f6JwkojD— Eмρєror (@SRKsGladiator_) April 13, 2017
Gambhir, the with an amazing twist! G.R.R.Martin who?
Surprise change at the top of the order. It's not Unhappa who has walked out, it's Narine.. #KKRvKXIP— AHSAN SHEHZAD (@ahsanshehzad63) April 13, 2017
KKR fans after finding out Narine was opening the KKR batting!
It turned out to be a punishment for Kings XI Punjab!
I am sure he has Narine
Sunil Narine Opening... Either Gambhir is on Drugs or his Fantasy— அருண் குமாரு (@arunttheboss) April 13, 2017
team power player must be Narine
ishant sharma is increasingly looking like malnourished jason gillespie— one tip one hand_ (@OneTipOneHand_) April 13, 2017
The third question is why is Narine starting ahead of Uthappa!
Two questions to which India wants an answer badly,— Baby Bhogle 🏏 (@BabyBhogle) April 4, 2017
1. Why kattapa betrayed bahubali?
2. Why #KXIP selected Ishant Sharma?
The evolution of Sir Ishant Sharma!
Evolution of Ishant Sharma 😉 pic.twitter.com/0IW7TWKoJA— || рιraтe || (@AkkiPritam) April 2, 2017
Two crore rupees question!
#KKRvKXIP what If Ishant gets Gambhir out? Is he worth 2Crore?— Abhinav Jain (@Jain_Abhinavs) April 13, 2017
Gambhir taking his brilliant form from twitter to the cricket ground!
Gautam Gambhir hitting Punjab's bowlers like they are Jihadis. #KKRvKXIP— SAGAR (@sagarcasm) April 13, 2017
Gambhir's skills are useful in the kitchen as well!