PBKS vs KKR: After four consecutive defeats in the Indian Premier League (IPL), Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) beat Punjab Kings by 5 wickets with 20 balls to spare here on the basis of their disciplined bowling and unbeaten innings played by captain Eoin Morgan on his return to form. Won the first win.
This is the fourth defeat of the Punjab Kings. Now 6 of these two teams
There are four points in the matches but KKR have moved up to fifth position on the basis of better run pace. Before that he was in the last place.
The Punjab Kings scored 123 for nine when invited to bat first. Opener Mayank Agarwal played a struggling 31 off 34 balls but it was Chris Jordan who scored 30 off 18 balls with the help of three sixes to take the score to 120 runs.
KKR also did not have a good start but captain Morgan (47 not out off 40 balls, four fours, two sixes) added 66 runs for the fourth wicket with Rahul Tripathi (41 runs off 32 balls) as the team initially got shaking. Salvaged. KKR scored 126 for five in 16.4 overs to win.
The credit for this victory of KKR goes to the bowlers. Famous Krishna was his most successful bowler. He took 3 wickets for 30 runs while Sunil Narine (2 for 22) and Pat Cummins (2 for 31 from three overs) took two wickets each. Young Shivam Mavi (1 for 13) and Varun Chakraborty (1 for 24) also bowled tightly.
The Punjab bowlers also did not lag behind. Mojes Henriques, Mohammed Shami (one for 25) and Arshadip Singh scored 17 for three in the first three overs by dismissing both openers Nitish Rana (naught) and Shubman Gill (nine) as well as Sunil Narine (naught). done.
Morgan and Tripathi took over well after this. Morgan opened the account with a six in deep square leg on Shami. After this, Tripathi, in particular, made the ball appear to the boundary line on a regular basis. He hit seven fours before being caught by Deepak Hooda off long on.
When bowlers were trying to curb runs, Morgan hit KL Hood for a four and a six to teach KL Rahul that it might be risky to hand the ball over to a less experienced bowler at such a delicate turn. Dinesh Karthik (12 not out) hit Arshdeep with two fours, including the winning four.
Earlier, after losing the toss, KL Rahul (19) along with Aggarwal was leading the innings with full efficiency, then the Punjab Kings captain hoisted the next ball in the air after hitting a six over Cummins but this time he crossed the boundary line. Instead of leaving she went into Narayan’s hands.
Bowling debutant Mavi bowled tight and took the wicket of explosive Chris Gayle who could not even open the account. Krishna did not allow Deepak Hooda to run, as Punjab, who scored 37 for 1 in the powerplay, soon reduced to 42 for 3.
Aggarwal hit a six off Krishna’s ball to take the score to 50 in the 10th over but Narayan’s short pitch was caught at deep midwicket in an attempt to pick up the ball which shocked Punjab’s hopes of a comeback. Narayan bowled Moises Henriques (two) in the next over with a turning ball.
Nicholas Pooran (19) had a great chance to prove himself but could not take advantage of this and was bowled in an effort to sweep the ball of Varun Chakraborty. The young Shah Rukh Khan could also make his impact in the death overs but he too could only score 13 runs. Krishna hit two sixes in the last over of the innings after Jordan hit a six over Cummins before he was dismissed.