Punjab Kings (PBKS) have kept their hopes alive to qualify for playoffs. They overpowered Kolkata Knight Riders on Thursday & won the game by 5 wickets.
The result ensured that Knight Riders did not break away from the mid-table pack, with only two points separating the four teams between fourth and seventh. It also confirmed Delhi Capitals’ spot in the playoffs as they can no longer finish below fourth.
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First Innings: KKR vs PBKS
Punjab won the toss & asked Kolkata to bat first. A 72-run partnership for the second wicket between Iyer and Rahul Tripathi helped the Knight Riders recover from the early Shubman Gill wicket. They both made Fabian Allen’s left-arm spin and Nathan Ellis as their target started hitting boundaries since the start.
It was Ravi Bishnoi, the legspinner on paper with a penchant of bowling more googlies, who dismissed both men. At the time, the score was 120 for 4 with 32 balls to go. With Nitish Rana in the middle, and Morgan, Karthik, Tim Seifert and Sunil Narine to follow. Morgan was lbw to a full Shami ball in the 16th over, which went only for four. Arshdeep dismissed the dangerous Rana for 31 in the 18th. Arshdeep’s boundary less final over, which included his third wicket gave Kings the momentum.
Second Innings: KKR vs PBKS
With Agarwal back in the XI and finding the boundaries in the opening salvo of the chase, Rahul had the liberty of taking his time. What helped Agarwal to get a solid score on his return to the team was a first-over drop by Morgan when the batter had hit a full ball straight to cover. After the dismissal of Agarwal & Varun Chakravarthy, it looked the match is gone from the hands of Punjab. KL Rahul was struggling to find a strong batting partner.
After the 14th over, KL Rahul started hitting boundaries by targeting Tim Southee & Shivam Mavi. But Rahul could not see off the chase himself. He was out on the second ball of the final over when his big shot found long-off. While Rahul’s innings ensured that there never was a situation when two new batters were at the crease, the team needed a cameo from somewhere to make up for Rahul’s scoring rate. The required cameo came from Shahrukh Khan, who was a replacement for Harpreet Brar. He had no plans to take this match till the last ball. Shahrukh slogged Mavi to deep wicket for a six & Punjab had two points in their kitty.
Punjab Kings 168/5 (KL Rahul 67, Mayank Agarwal 40; Varun Chakaravarthy 2/24) beat Kolkata Knight Riders 165/7 (Venkatesh Iyer 67, Rahul Tripathi 34; Arshdeep Singh 3/32) by 5 wickets.
Man of the Match: KL Rahul