Kolkata Beat Punjab by 5 Wickets: Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) registered their first win after 4 consecutive defeats. The team defeated Punjab Kings (PBKS) by 5 wickets in the 21st match of the IPL 2021 season. The KKR team reached number 5 in the points table with the second win in 6 matches. Before the match, the team was the last, ie number 8. At the same time, this is Kolkata team’s 5th win in the last 6 matches against Punjab Kings.
Batting first after losing the toss, Punjab Kings scored 123 runs losing 9 wickets. In response, the Kolkata team lost 5 wickets and scored 126 runs in 16.4 overs. Rahul Tripathi scored 41 off 32 balls and captain ON Morgan scored 47 off 40 balls.
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Kolkata’s Innings, Morgan’s Captaincy Innings
Kolkata did not have a good start chasing the target of 124 runs from Punjab. First Nitish Rana was out without opening the account and then after scoring 9 runs, Shubman Gill lost his wicket. When Rana was dismissed by Henriquez, Shami took the wicket of Gill. Kolkata’s third wicket fell in the third over when Sunil Narine returned without opening an account. His great catch was caught by Ravi Bishnoi off Arshdeep’s ball.
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Rahul Tripathi, who shared a half-century partnership with captain Morgan, missed out on his half-century by 9 runs. He was caught by Shah Rukh off Deepak Hooda for 41 runs. Andre Russell was run out on 10 by Arshdeep’s brilliant throw.
Punjab’s Innings, Batting Failed
After losing the toss, the regular opening pair for Punjab Mayank Agarwal and KL Rahul came out to bat. Captain KL Rahul caught Pat Cummins off Sunil Narine after scoring 19 runs. Then in the next over, Shivam Mavi dismissed explosive batsman Chris Gayle to zero at the hands of Dinesh Karthik behind the wicket. Deepak Hooda also became the first victim of the famous Krishna by scoring 1 run.
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Mayank, batting on the field, was caught by Rahul Tripathi by Sunil Naren on the score of 31, and the team got a big success. Moises Henriquez was dismissed after scoring 2 runs, after which the team’s hope Nicholas Pooran was bowled by Varun Chakraborty. Shah Rukh Khan was dismissed for 13 runs in an attempt to hit a big shot off Krishna. Kolkata Beat Punjab by 5 Wickets.
Chris Gayle Could Not Even Open Account
Punjab Kings scored 123 runs losing 9 wickets. Mayank Agarwal scored the highest 31 off 34 balls and Chris Jordan scored 30 off 18 balls. Captain Lokesh Rahul and Nicholas Puran were able to score 19-19 runs. While batting at number 3, Chris Gayle could not even open the account. In-form Deepak Hooda scored just 1 run. At the same time, fast bowler famous Krishna took 3 wickets. Spinner Sunil Narine and fast bowler Pat Cummins took 2–2 wickets.
Both Team Playing XI:
Kolkata: Eoin Morgan (Captain), Nitish Rana, Shubman Gill, Rahul Tripathi, Dinesh Karthik, Sunil Narine, Andre Russell, Pat Cummins, Varun Chakraborty, Shivam Mavi, Prasidh Krishna.
Punjab: Lokesh Rahul (captain), Mayank Agarwal, Chris Gayle, Moises Henriques, Nicholas Pooran, Deepak Hooda, Shah Rukh Khan, Chris Jordan, Ravi Bishnoi, Mohammed Shami and Arshdeep Singh.