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KKR win by 5 wickets
Punjab Kings flattered to deceive yet again IPL 2021. After such an inspiring win over fancied Mumbai Indians, Punjab batting imploded once again for the 3rd time in 5 matches as they managed to put up yet another pathetic performance to put up a paltry 123/9 in their batting innings. Punjab looked decent in the powerplay reaching 36 without loss before KL Rahul (19) after spanking few boundaries skied one off Pat Cummins to Narine. Rahul’s dismissal opened the floodgates as Gayle was out first ball under edging Mavi to Rahul. Hooda (1) followed soon and finally, Mayank (31) perished to a loose shot off Narine.
Much was expected from Nicholas Pooran (19) as it was thought that after a prolonged batch patch, the law of averages might benefit him but he was knocked over by Chakraborthy trying to smash a straight ball. . Henriques(2) missed a straight ball from Narine. Shahrukh (14) stayed for a while but it was Chris Jordan (30) whose 3 lusty sixes took the final score to 123.
KKR win by 5 wickets. The KKR bowling had a great day with Prasidh (3/30) and Sunil Narine (2/22) topping the charts. However, Cummins (2/31) again proved expensive in his 3 overs.
In reply, Punjab hit back early in the powerplay with 3 quick wickets. Rana was caught in the deep off the first ball he faced. Gill (9) got a sharp break back from Shami and was plumb lbw and Narine was sensationally caught in the deep by Bishnoi of Arshdeep as KKR were rattled at 17/3. KKR win by 5 wickets
However positive intent from Rahul Tripathy (41) who manoeuvred the field beautifully to play in the gaps and played some deft wristy shots along with some lusty hits helped KKR to tide over the tough period. Tripathy had a crucial 66 run stand with skipper Eoin Morgan (47*) who finally got back amongst the runs playing impressive shots and hitting two huge sixes.
KKR did lose Tripathy and Russell (10) in quick succession but Morgan stayed firm along with Karthik (12*) to take KKR over the line to win by 5 wickets.
The Punjab bowlers were impressive but the target was too small to defend on a pitch playing somewhat easier in the 2nd half due to heavy dew. Special mention to Ravi Bishnoi who gave way only 19 runs in 4 overs bowling with a wet ball due to dew.
This was another humiliating defeat for Punjab, coming straight after such an emphatic with over Mumbai. The team has lost 4 out of their first 6 games and now it will be an uphill struggle for them to qualify in the top four.
As for KKR, they finally broke the sequence of 4 losses. Another defeat here would have sent many heads rolling. Eoin Morgan and his troops live to fight another day. However, issues, especially in their batting continues .
Kolkata won by 5 wkts
PBKS 123/9 (20 Ovs)
KKR 126/5 (16.4 Ovs)