The Punjab Kings finally managed to ace the run chase in the 14th edition of the IPL. The KL Rahul-led side did not buckle under pressure (like they had done for a majority of the tournament) and thumped the Kolkata Knight Riders side with 5 wickets and 3 balls to spare.
Chasing a target of 166, the Punjab Kings’ (PBKS) openers started the run chase in scintillating fashion. The duo of KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal put on a splendid 70-run partnership off 8.5 overs to set the tone for the chase. Agarwal was the first man to depart and was dismissed by Varun Chakravarthy for a blazing 40.
Nicholas Pooran was the next man to be dismissed. The left-hander went for the big shot off the bowling of Varun Chakravarthy, but holed out to the fielder at deep cover, and departed for a 7-ball 12.
Aiden Markram then hit Sunil Narine straight to Shubman Gill, who took a simple catch at deep cover and walked back for 18. Deepak Hooda was hoodwinked by a slower delivery from Shivam Mavi and was dismissed for just 3. KL Rahul was then dismissed for a 55-ball 67 by Venkatesh Iyer. But then, Shah Rukh Khan scored a blazing 22* off 9 deliveries to seal the match for the Punjab outfit.
Varun Chakravarthy was the pick of the bowlers for the Eoin Morgan-led side. The right-arm spinner scalped 2 wickets in his quota of 4 overs, and leaked only 24 runs as well. Apart from Chakravarthy, the likes of Sunil Narine, Shivam Mavi, and Venkatesh Iyer scalped a wicket each.
Venkatesh Iyer’s classy 67 helps KKR post a total of 165/7
In an innings that was a combination of flamboyance and ruthlessness, Venkatesh Iyer carted the Punjab Kings’ (PBKS) bowlers to all parts of the ground. Iyer cut, flicked, and drove with grace, and scored a masterly 67 off 49 deliveries to help the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) post a total of 165/7 on the board.
Apart from Iyer, the likes of Rahul Tripathi and Nitish Rana contributed vital runs to the KKR total as well. While Tripathi scored a 26-ball 34, Rana scored a quickfire 31 off just 18 deliveries. On the bowling front, Arshdeep Singh was the pick of the bowlers for the Punjab side.
In the 4 overs that he bowled, Singh picked up 3 wickets and gave away 32 runs in the process. Apart from Singh, Ravi Bishnoi scalped a couple of wickets as well. With this victory, the Punjab side has moved to 5th place in the points table, while the Kolkata side is stationed at the 4th spot.
Here is the updated points table
|Chennai Super Kings||11||9||2||0||0||18||1.002|
|Royal Challengers Bangalore||11||7||4||0||0||14||-0.200|
|Kolkata Knight Riders||12||5||7||0||0||10||0.302|
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