Chasing Kolkata Knight Riders's 165/7, Punjab Kings reached the target with three balls to spare for a five-wicket win. Catch highlights here.
Kolkata Knight Riders
Punjab Kings win by 5 wickets
Punjab Kings skipper KL Rahul won the toss and opted to bowl against Kolkata Knight Riders at Dubai. After Shubman Gill's departure in the third over, Venkatesh Iyer (67 off 49) and Rahul Tripathi (34 off 26), then Nitish Rana (31 off 18) put KKR in a commanding position, reaching 120/3 inside 15th over. But PBKS bowlers pulled things back with quick wickets. Arshdeep Singh claimed three while Ravi Bishnoi, Mohammed Shami produced economical spells. Rahul (67 off 55) joined hands with a lucky Mayank Agarwal (40 off 27), who was dropped on 0 in the first over itself by KKR skipper Eoin Morgan, to give PBKS a good start. The chase however witnessed a late wobble until Shahrukh Khan hit the winnings runs, a six in the last over. KKR and PBKS have played 12 matches each and have 10 points each. Defending champions Mumbai Indians too have 12, but have a game in hand. Chennai Super Kings (16), Delhi Capitals (16) and Royal Challengers Bangalore (14) are the top-three. But one team which benefitted most was Capitals. Punjab's win ensured a play-off berth for Delhi. Two slots taken. Chennai Super Kings were the first to book a playoff spot. The fight is on for the fourth place. Check the updated standings HERE.
What a finish. Shahrukh Khan hits Venkatesh Iyer for a six, with some help from Kolkata fielder at deep midwicket. Rahul Tripathi almost pulls off a fine catch, but he loses footing at the boundary and ends up palming the ball over for a six. A five-wicket win. The win helps Punjab join Kolkata and Mumbai Indians on ten points each.
Scores: KKR 165/7 (20); PBKS - 168/5 (19.3)
Venkatesh Iyer with the last over. Five to defend and he gets the wicket of KL Rahul (67 off 55), caught by Shivam Mavi. This time, it's clean. Punjab need 4 in 4. PBKS - 162/5 (19.2).
What an over. KL Rahul survives a lengthy review. Still a contentious decision from the third umpire. 10 runs from the over. Punjab need 5 in 6. PBKS - 161/4 (19)
Shivam Mavi on with the penultimate over. KL Rahul hits the first ball for a four, then Mavi gets the wicket. Caught by Rahul Tripathi. Brilliant catch, diving forward. Needed third umpire's consent. Frame by frame and zoomer NOT to KKR's rescue. Rahul made 62 off 52 and is still alive. Punjab need 11 in 9. PBKS - 155/5 (18.3)
Here's one frame:
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Shivam Mavi returns for his third over. And he strikes. Deepak Hooda holes out at deep midwicket, caught by a diving Rahul Tripathi, for 3 off 4. Shahrukh Khan is the new man for Punjab. They need 32 in 21. PBKS - 134/4 (16.3)
Sunil Narine completes his spell with figures of 1/34. Punjab need 35 in 24. KKR - 131/3 (16).
This is how the teams stand after round 11.
Sunil Narine on with his final over. A dot, wide then a massive six by Aiden Markram over mid-wicket. 95m. Another wide. Then, straight to a kneeling Shubman Gill at deep extra cover. Deepak Hooda is the new man. They need 37 in 27. KKR - 129/3 (15.3).
Fifty with a six, off Tim Southee, for KL Rahul (53 off 44). Punjab skipper's third-wicket stand with Aiden Markram (12 off 13) is now worth 37 off 26. They need 45 in 30. PBKS - 121/2 (15)
Venkatesh Iyer returns for his second over. Four singles, then a six by KL Rahul (43 off 39) over the mid-wicket boundary. Another single, and 11 from the over. Punjab need 63 in 42. PBKS - 103/2 (13).
Second for Varun Chakaravarthy. Nicholas Pooran (12) lasts seven balls. Caught by Shivam Mavi at deep cover. Aiden Markram joins KL Rahul in the middle. PBKS -84/2 (10.4).
43 runs and one wicket in the last five overs. Punjab need 90 in 60 balls. KL Rahul (28 off 30) and Nicholas Pooran (5 off 4) are the unbeaten batsmen. PBKS - 76/1 (10)
Varun Chakaravarthy on with his third over. And he gets the big wicket of Mayank Agarwal (40 off 27), caught by Eoin Morgan at cover off the fifth ball. Morgan dropped Agarwal on 0 off Tim Southee. Nicholas Pooran (1 off 1) joins KL Rahul (27 off 27). PBKS - 71/1 (9)
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Sunil Narine on with his first over. Mayank Agarwal hits, rather mishits the second ball for a six. 13 runs from the over. In the previous over, Varun Chakaravarthy conceded only three, all singles. PBKS - 46/0 (6)
Tim Southee continues. KL Rahul hits the third ball for a four, a sumptous straight drive. Mayank Agarwal follows it up witha six, off the fifth. 12 from the over. In the previous over, Shivam Mavi leaked six runs, including a four off the fifth, it by Agarwal. PBKS - 25/0 (3)
Second ball, straight to Eoin Morgan at cover and the ball pops out. Mayank Agarwal is a lucky man. He then hits the fifth ball for a four, through extra cover. Seven from the first over.
Tim Southee with the new ball. KL Rahul to face the first ball. Mayank Agarwal is his opening partner. Target - 166 runs.
Arshdeep Singh with the final over. And wicket, his third of the innings, with the last ball. Dinesh Karthik (11 off 11), bowled. Seven runs from the over and his figures read, 3/23. 44 runs and four wickets in the last five overs. KKR - 165/7 (20).
Sunil Narine joins Dinesh Karthik (8 off 8) in the middle. Mohammed Shami concedes seven in his final over, for figures of 1/23. 43 runs and four wickets in the last five overs. KKR - 160/6 (19).
Debutant Tim Seifert joins Dinesh Karthik. Mohammed Shami with the penultimate over. One busy over. Two singles, a double, then an overthrow from Shami, and a direct hit from the bowler to send Seifert back for 2 off 4. KKR - 156/6 (18.4)
Nitish Rana's little cameo comes to an end. Two fours and two massive sixes in his 18-ball 31. Caught by Mayank Agarwal at deep mid-wicket off Arshdeep Singh. KKR - 149/5 (17.4)
Mohammed Shami returns for his third over. Eoin Morgan gets his first runs, a double off the fourth ball. And appeals... given. Morgan (2 off 2) is walking, LBW. Full and straight. KKR - 124/4 (15.5)
Meanwhile, here's a testament to Venkatesh Iyer's talents. He equals Jacquesfive IPL matches. Both have 193 runs, ahead of Brendon McCullum (189) and Chris Lynn (176).
Second wicket for Ravi Bishnoi (2/21 in 3.4 overs). Venkatesh Iyer (67 off 49), caught at deep by Deepak Hooda. Stand with Nitish Rana worth 30 off 19. KKR - 120/3 (14.4).
Then, Venkatesh Iyer (50 off 39) changes the gears. A six off the fifth and his highest score. In the previous over, Ravi Bishnoi removed Rahul Tripathi (34 off 26), caught by Deepak Hooda. KKR - 104/2 (13)
Second fifty in fifth IPL game for Venkatesh Iyer (50 off 39) with a single off Fabian Allen's last over. KKR - 94/2 (12.1).
Fabian Allen returns for his third over. Rahul Tripathi (22 off 17) hits the first ball for a mighty six, over deep mid-wicket, and fifty-run (51 off 35) stand with Venkatesh Iyer (42 off 30). 43 runs in the last five overs. KKR - 73/1 (9)
Nathan Ellis on with his first over. Venkatesh Iyer hits him for back-to-back fours, off the third and fourth balls. 11 from the over. In the previous two overs, Mohammed Shami and Arshdeep Singh leaked seven runs each. Venkatesh Iyer-Rahul Tripathi stand now worth 30 off 22. KKR - 48/1 (6)
Arshdeep Singh on with his first over and wicket. Shubman Gill (7 off 7) is bowled. Rahul Tripathi joins Venkatesh Iyer. KKR - 18/1 (2.2).
In the previous over, Mohammed Shami conceded seven runs, including a four off the fifth ball hit by Gill.
Venkatesh Iyer hits Fabian Allen for two fours, off the first and sixth balls, in the over. And two more singles. 10 from the over.
Match officials and players are out. Left-arm spinner Fabian Allen with the new ball. Venkatesh Iyer to face the first ball. Shubman Gill is his opening partner.
Here are the XIs for the 45th match of IPL 2021:
KKR: Shubman Gill, Venkatesh Iyer, Rahul Tripathi, Nitish Rana, Eoin Morgan (c), Dinesh Karthik (wk), Tim Seifert, Sunil Narine, Shivam Mavi, Tim Southee, Varun Chakravarthy.
PBKS: KL Rahul (c & wk), Mayank Agarwal, Aiden Markram, Nicholas Pooran, Shahrukh Khan, Deepak Hooda, Fabian Allen, Nathan Ellis, Mohammed Shami, Ravi Bishnoi, Arshdeep Singh.
KKR hand Tim Seifert debut. He comes in for Lockie Ferguson, and Shivam Mavi replaces Sandeep Warrier. For PBKS, Fabian Allen in for Chris Gayle. Mayank Agarwal replaces Mandeep Singh, and Shahrukh Khan in for Harpreet Brar.
KL Rahul wins the toss and Punjab Kings will bowl first. He feels, the Dubai wicket is "tricky".
In the first leg, KKR defeated PBKS by five wickets with skipper Eoin Morgan scoring an unbeaten 47 off 40 in their successful chase of a 124-run target at Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad. That was in April. Prasidh Krishna claimed three wickets while Pat Cummins, who's currently Australia, and Sunil Narine took two wickets each.
Chris Gayle has left IPL 2021 due to "bubble fatigue".
“Over the last few months, I have been a part of the CWI bubble, CPL bubble followed by the IPL bubble, and I wish to mentally recharge and refresh myself," said Gayle in a statement issued by Punjab Kings.
"I want to refocus on helping the West Indies in the T20 World Cup and would like to take a break in Dubai. My thanks to the Punjab Kings for giving me the time off. My wishes and hopes are with the squad always. All the very best for the games coming up."
Here are the squads
Kolkata Knight Riders: Shubman Gill, Venkatesh Iyer, Rahul Tripathi, Eoin Morgan (c), Nitish Rana, Dinesh Karthik(wk), Sunil Narine, Tim Southee, Lockie Ferguson, Sandeep Warrier, Varun Chakaravarthy, Prasidh Krishna, Andre Russell, Harbhajan Singh, Shakib Al Hasan, Ben Cutting, Karun Nair, Pawan Negi, Kuldeep Yadav, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Sheldon Jackson, Tim Seifert, Rinku Singh, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Shivam Mavi, Vaibhav Arora.
Punjab Kings: KL Rahul (c & wk), Mandeep Singh, Aiden Markram, Nicholas Pooran, Deepak Hooda, Harpreet Brar, Nathan Ellis, Mohammed Shami, Ravi Bishnoi, Arshdeep Singh, Mayank Agarwal, Moises Henriques, Adil Rashid, Chris Jordan, Jalaj Saxena, Murugan Ashwin, Sarfaraz Khan, Fabian Allen, Shahrukh Khan, Saurabh Kumar, Ishan Porel, Utkarsh Singh, Darshan Nalkande, Prabhsimran Singh.
A galvanised Kolkata Knight Riders look to cement the fourth spot in the IPL 2021 points table with a win against inconsistent Punjab Kings in Dubai on Friday night. With 10 points from 11 matches, both KKR and defending champions Mumbai Indians are level on points but Eoin Morgan's Knight Riders are fourth with a better run-rate. If winning momentum is any yardstick, Kolkata Knight Riders have looked good in the UAE leg of the IPL. In their last match, KKR beat Delhi Capitals by three wickets after Sunil Narine produced an all-round show and Nitish Rana came good with the bat. Punjab Kings are yet to fire as a team. PBKS lost their last match against Mumbai Indians and are lying sixth in the standings with eight points from 11 matches and a negative run-rate. With Chris Gayle pulling out of IPL 2021 due to bubble fatigue, the onus will be on the top order to score enough runs for the bowlers to defend. Mayank Agarwal is expected to be back in the playing XI but skipper KL Rahul will expect the middle-order of Nicholas Pooran and Deepak Hooda to come good in such crucial games. Follow here live cricket scores of Kolkata Knight Riders vs Punjab Kings.
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