Kolkata Knight Riders challenge with disdain as Kings XI Punjab jumped to the top of the points table with a nine-wicket. Ahead of IPL 2018, R Ashwin used the word unpredictability to such extreme that he turned it into a cliche. In this clash, he went ahead and did the predictable thing by bowling first. Going by how Gayle and Rahul batted, it looked a paltry score. In hindsight, KKR managed a par score having failed to capitalise in the last few overs. When Lynn was dismissed, KKR were 147 for 4 with 28 balls left in the innings. Andre Russell failed to get going and scored 10 while Dinesh Karthik’s 28-ball 43 wasn’t backed up by a late flourish as KXIP kept things in check till the final over.