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Kolkata Knight Riders vs Punjab Kings, Match 45 Commentary, Live Updates

KKR vs PBKS, 2021 - T20 Live Commentary

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Match Ended   
165/7 (20.0/20)
168/5 (19.3/20)
Punjab Kings beat Kolkata Knight Riders by 5 wickets
That's a wrap to this nerve-wracking game. Super Saturday is also going to be full of excitement. Two games coming your way - Mumbai vs Delhi at 2 pm local (10 am GMT) followed by the clash between Rajasthan and Chennai at 6 pm local (2 pm GMT). We look forward to your company for all the action. Cheers!
KL Rahul, the skipper of Punjab, is also the PLAYER OF THE MATCH! He says that they are used to close finishes and he will take the two points. Adds that they played this game smartly and they realized early that it was a decent wicket. Mentions that they went slightly defensive with the ball, as it was coming onto the bat nicely. Tells that he would want to finish the games and feels that this win will give them a lot of confidence. On Harpreet Brar's exclusion, KL replies that these things kill him as a skipper and he says that they kept him out with a heavy heart as Gayle was out of the bubble and they needed to chop things up. On Shahrukh Khan, Rahul says that he has worked really hard with the coaches and in the nets and he is somebody who can finish games. Hopes that he can continue the same. Shares that the talk in the dressing room has been to not worry about the results and there is no point in putting unnecessary pressure on themselves.
The hero of the evening, Shahrukh Khan is in for a chat! He says that it was important that there was a set batsman when he walked in so that he could go from ball one and it worked out for them in the end. On his winning shot, Khan replies that he thought that he hit it well and thought it would go past the ropes. Feels that he was brave enough to play that shot. Tells that when he goes in such situations, he just looks to pick the gaps well. Mentions that they needed 3 wins on the trot and they have started off well here. Hopes that they will carry forward this into the next game too.
Eoin Morgan, the Kolkata skipper, says that they did not field too well and they put catches down and it has cost them. Adds that they fought hard and batted well too and had a par score on this deck. On the catch of KL Rahul that was ruled not out, Eoin says that he thought it was out in real-time but the third umpire had a look at that in slow motion and he had the final call. Adds that it would have been nice to get that wicket. Tells that it was not an easy pitch to start on and Rana played very well and cashed in when necessary, but towards the end, they failed to capitalize on the platform that was set. On Venkatesh Iyer, Morgan says that his attitude is fantastic and he plays very fearlessly with the bat and takes responsibility with the ball too. States that they have played some great cricket in the second half of the tournament and they will fight hard in the remaining games.
Presentation time...
Earlier in the evening, Kolkata put up a decent batting show on a slowish surface. Venkatesh Iyer was once again the chief contributor with the bat for them and their batting innings revolved around him. Kolkata didn't manage to get a big finish and that in a way stopped them from having 15-20 runs extra on the board. In this close finish, those runs could have proved to be handy.
There were plenty of moments in this game but one worth mentioning is the catch of KL Rahul that was claimed by Rahul Tripathi but was not given by the third umpire in the 19th over. Tripathi felt he had his fingers wrapped under the ball but the third umpire thought otherwise. The match was evenly poised then and had Punjab lost Rahul, it could have put the cat among the pigeons. The Punjab skipper fetched a boundary on the last ball of that over to bring down the equation to 5 runs. After that, there was another moment when Rahul departed on the second ball of the final over with Punjab needing 4 to win. Tension was high in the Punjab camp but Shahrukh Khan emerged as the hero for Preity Zinta's team and sent one over the fence for the winning runs. Even that winning moment was full of drama as Rahul Tripathi fumbled a catch to parry the ball over the line. What a game! What a finish!
This match was full of drama! Not for the faint-hearted. It was the same script for Punjab in the chase but this one had a happy ending. Mayank Agarwal and KL Rahul combined at the top for the umpteenth time for them to lay a strong platform. Agarwal departed but KL was determined to carry on. He had seen his team choke in the past and took full responsibility in this crunch game. KL needed partners and got one able one in Aiden Markram. Together they stitched 45 runs to keep the chase steady but when things started to look in control, the South African fell to Sunil Narine. Punjab have struggled in closing the games but with the experience of KL Rahul in the middle, they were upbeat. The skipper didn't disappoint as he navigated through those nervous moments to take Punjab on the brink of victory.
Phew! What a thrilling end to this game! A telling blow from the bat of Shahrukh Khan to take down Shahrukh Khan-owned Kolkata! Punjab nearly choked in another chase. They have made a habit of making simple situations tricky. This victory for Punjab means Delhi have confirmed their spot in the playoffs. But it's jam-packed below them. Now there are three teams with 10 points on the table, fighting for a spot in the playoffs. The league stage of this season is heading towards a mouth-watering finish.
19.3
6
Venkatesh Iyer To Shahrukh Khan
DROPPED AND SIX! Oh wow! What a way to get the win for Punjab. It was very close between these two but KL Rahul's team has edged forward in this clash. It could have been another wicket but the fumble from the fielder in the deep means that Kolkata end up on the losing side. This is bowled slightly shorter, around off, Shahrukh Khan pumps this one hard towards the deep mid-wicket region, Rahul Tripathi in the deep, runs across to his left, takes the catch too but fumbles and drops the ball over the ropes. PUNJAB WIN BY 5 WICKETS!
Fabian Allen is in next but he will be at the non-striker's end.
19.2
W
Venkatesh Iyer To KL Rahul OUT!
OUT! TAKEN! What have you done, Rahul? He loses his wicket at the absolute wrong time and Punjab's fate is still on a hinge. KL put in all the hard yards but he is unable to close the game out for his team. Around off and middle, on a length, not a lot of pace to work with for KL, who moves to the leg side and lofts this one towards long off. Shivam Mavi pouches this one safely in the deep. 4 needed from 4 balls!
19.1
1
Venkatesh Iyer To Shahrukh Khan
Outside off, on a length, Khan looks to slap it away but gets the toe-end of the bat to short third man for one. 4 needed from 5 now.
Who will bowl the final over? All the frontline bowlers of Kolkata have completed their spells. Will it be Venkatesh Iyer or Nitish Rana? It's ​​​​​​Venkatesh Iyer.
End Of The Over 19 : 161/4
10 Runs
  • 418.1
  • 018.2
  • 018.3
  • 118.4
  • 118.5
  • 418.6
KL Rahul
67 (54)
S. Khan
15 (7)
S. Mavi
4-0-31-1
18.6
4
Shivam Mavi To KL Rahul
FOUR! Not how Mavi would have wanted to end the over and now, Punjab are very close to the finish line. A juicy full toss, around off, KL Rahul smacks this one over point and the ball bounces once, before going past the ropes. Just 5 more needed from the last 6 balls!
18.5
1
Shivam Mavi To Shahrukh Khan
Full this time, on off, jammed out through the mid on region for one.
18.4
1
Shivam Mavi To KL Rahul
A full toss, around off, KL eases this one down to long on for a single.
18.3
0
Shivam Mavi To KL Rahul
NOT OUT! A lifeline for Rahul and he will be hoping to make it count and take his team past the line. Another slower ball this time, around off, on a length, KL Rahul anticipates this one well and goes back, waits, and then thumps this one to the deep mid-wicket region. As soon as he has hit that, you know that it does not have enough to cross the ropes. Rahul Tripathi runs ahead from the deep, dives forward, gets his hands down and takes this one superbly. The on-field umpires just want to ensure that this is a clean catch as it could have bounced before he took it, or his hands could not have been underneath the ball when he took it. The TV umpire has a look at the replays and asks for different angles as it is hard to really make a decision based on one viewing. After having a few looks, the TV umpire feels that the ball was touching the ground. The batsmen didn't cross and it's a dot ball.
Is it caught? If it is, that would be a brilliant catch from Rahul Tripathi. KL Rahul is going nowhere. Tripathi is claiming the catch. The umpires get together and refer it upstairs. The replays are not looking conclusive. The third umpire is watching numerous angles. Has Rahul Tripathi got his fingers under the ball? NO! This is a big call. The third umpire feels that the ball has touched the ground. KL survives.
18.2
0
Shivam Mavi To KL Rahul
KL will feel like he missed out! A slower full toss, way outside off, Rahul gets low and looks to work this to the leg side but fails to connect.
18.1
4
Shivam Mavi To KL Rahul
EDGY FOUR! Fortune. Luck for KL and Punjab and this is a great start to the over. A full toss, around off, angling in, Rahul looks to drive it through the line, but the ball takes the outside edge, beats the short third man fielder's dive and runs away to the ropes.
End Of The Over 18 : 151/4
9 Runs
  • 117.1
  • 117.2
  • 117.3
  • 417.4
  • 117.5
  • 117.6
KL Rahul
58 (49)
S. Khan
14 (6)
T. Southee
4-0-40-0
17.6
1
Tim Southee To KL Rahul
Around off this time, slower too, shortish, KL Rahul waits for it and then looks to cut. But, only manages a thin outside edge, which finds Dinesh Karthik on the bounce. DK fumbles and they take one. The short fine leg fielder misses his shy at the bowler's end and KL Rahul wants one more but Khan has overrun and he denies the extra run. 15 more needed from 12 balls.
17.5
1
Tim Southee To Shahrukh Khan
Slower, back of a length, around off, Khan taps this to backward point. Rahul wants one and Khan hesitates, then, charges through. The fielder has a shy at the non-striker's end but misses.
17.4
4
Tim Southee To Shahrukh Khan
FOUR! That was hit with venom. So powerful. Around off on a length, Shahrukh Khan thumps this one very, very hard through covers and beats the fielder in the deep to his right.
17.3
1
Tim Southee To KL Rahul
Slower this time, on a length around off, pulled hard, but on the bounce to the man at long on. Just one.
17.2
1
Tim Southee To Shahrukh Khan
On the pads this time, whipped to fine leg for a single.
17.1
1
Tim Southee To KL Rahul
In between the two fielders! Should have been taken, really. On middle, on a length, Rahul paddles this one to the leg side but gets it away off the inner edge. Dinesh Karthik runs behind and the fielder from short fine leg runs ahead, but, there is no communication between these two and the ball lands in between them. One run.
End Of The Over 17 : 142/4
11 Runs
  • 116.1
  • 216.2
  • W16.3
  • 216.4
  • 616.5
  • 016.6
S. Khan
8 (3)
KL Rahul
55 (46)
S. Mavi
3-0-21-1
16.6
0
Shivam Mavi To Shahrukh Khan
Shortish and close to off, Shahrukh Khan punches it from the back foot to point. 11 from the over, 24 needed off 18 balls.
16.5
6
Shivam Mavi To Shahrukh Khan
SIX! ALMOST A MIND-BLOWING CATCH FROM VENKATESH IYER! Ohhhhh, would have been a wonderful catch, but, it will be a biggie instead. Shivam Mavi strays and serves a shortish length ball on middle and leg, Shahrukh Khan smashes this one nicely towards the deep square leg region. It looks to be going over the fence but Venkatesh Iyer has other plans. He stretches out his right hand, gets the ball too, but realizes that he is going past the boundary line. Iyer throws the ball back up, but not away from the ropes. He is stuck there on the fence and the ball falls back to him.
16.4
2
Shivam Mavi To Shahrukh Khan
A good shot for a couple! Shortish, way outside off, Khan times his punch past point nicely for a brace.
In walks Shahrukh Khan. Can he bat sensibly with his skipper and steer Punjab home?
16.3
W
Shivam Mavi To Deepak Hooda OUT!
OUT! TAKEN! Another one falls for Punjab. They have been known to choke and lose the games from a winning position. Is this another one of those stories? Hooda is not able to make an impact. On a fuller length, again, on middle and leg, and it's a cutter. Deepak Hooda whips this one powerfully towards deep mid-wicket, but, he does not manage to generate enough power to clear the fence. Rahul Tripathi holds onto this catch in the deep. 32 needed in 21 balls!
16.2
2
Shivam Mavi To Deepak Hooda
On a length, around middle and leg, Deepak Hooda whips this one off his pads to the deep square leg region. Venkatesh Iyer runs to his left, slides, and stops the ball. Two taken. The TV umpire has a look to ensure that Iyer's foot made no contact with the ropes and the replays show that it was a clean save.
16.1
1
Shivam Mavi To KL Rahul
Pace off from Mavi, on a fuller length outside off, Rahul drives this through point for a single.
Bowling change. Shivam Mavi (2-0-10-0) is back on.
End Of The Over 16 : 131/3
10 Runs
  • 015.1
  • 1 WD15.2
  • 615.2
  • 1 WD15.3
  • W15.3
  • 115.4
  • 115.5
  • 015.6
D. Hooda
1 (2)
KL Rahul
54 (45)
S. Narine
4-0-34-1
15.6
0
Sunil Narine To Deepak Hooda
A dot to end the 16th over. A touch shorter, around off, Hooda punches this to the cover fielder. Narine is done with his spell. 35 more needed in 24 balls.
15.5
1
Sunil Narine To KL Rahul
Flatter, around off, skidding away, KL pulls this one, along the ground, through mid-wicket for one.
15.4
1
Sunil Narine To Deepak Hooda
Hooda gets off the mark right away! Outside off, flatter, pushed through covers for one.
Deepak Hooda arrives.
15.3
W
Sunil Narine To Aiden Markram OUT!
OUT! CAUGHT! This is straight down the throat of Shubman Gill in the deep! He did not have to move an inch and Markram's knock comes to an end. It looked like it would go all the way past the ropes but it is not meant to be for the Protea. Narine serves this flatter and quicker outside off, Aiden Markram flat-bats this one powerfully over covers. It looks to be going for a biggie but Gill ensures that it does not. 37 more needed in 27 balls.
15.3
wd
Sunil Narine To Aiden Markram
WIDE. Flatter and quicker outside off, Aiden makes a leave. Wide signalled.
15.2
6
Sunil Narine To Aiden Markram
SIX! HO! HO! HO! That is a monster hit! The sound that came when the bat connected with the ball was indication enough of where this was going! Fuller, floated, on middle, Aiden Markram smokes this one over the deep mid-wicket fence.
15.2
wd
Sunil Narine To Aiden Markram
WIDE. Way outside off, outside the tramline too. Left alone.
15.1
0
Sunil Narine To Aiden Markram
Narine sees Markram skipping down the track and serves a fuller and quicker ball on the pads, Aiden looks to flick but misses and gets hit on the pads.
End Of The Over 15 : 121/2
12 Runs
  • 214.1
  • 014.2
  • 114.3
  • 1 WD14.4
  • 614.4
  • 114.5
  • 114.6
A. Markram
12 (13)
KL Rahul
53 (44)
T. Southee
3-0-31-0
14.6
1
Tim Southee To Aiden Markram
Full and around off, slower in pace, Markram drags it down to long on for one. 45 needed off 30 balls.
14.5
1
Tim Southee To KL Rahul
Slower again, short and on off, Rahul pulls it firmly to deep square leg for a single.
14.4
6
Tim Southee To KL Rahul
SIX! Out of here! Rahul will have to bat the distance if Punjab are to cross the line. Back of a length, around off, slower in pace, KL picks it up and hammers it over cow corner for a maximum. FIFTY FOR RAHUL, off 43 balls.
14.4
wd
Tim Southee To KL Rahul
Wide! Slips a length ball down the leg side, Rahul tries to heave but misses.
14.3
1
Tim Southee To Aiden Markram
Shortish and sliding down the leg side, Markram pulls it behind square leg for a single.
14.2
0
Tim Southee To Aiden Markram
Sharp delivery, a touch short and around leg, following the batsman, Markram tries to swing it across the line but misses. It takes his thigh pad and loops up. Aiden has no idea where the ball is but then feels something falling on his head. Naughty ball. Markram has a smile on his face.
14.1
2
Tim Southee To Aiden Markram
Mishit! Short in length and around middle, Markram tries to pull but mistimes it behind the bowler. Two runs taken.
End Of The Over 14 : 109/2
6 Runs
  • 113.1
  • 113.2
  • 113.3
  • 113.4
  • 113.5
  • 113.6
A. Markram
8 (9)
KL Rahul
46 (42)
S. Narine
3-0-24-0
13.6
1
Sunil Narine To Aiden Markram
On the pads, Markram flicks it over mid-wicket for one. Six singles from the over, Narine was safely played out.
Strategic Time-Out! With 57 more needed from 36 balls and having players like KL Rahul and Aiden Markram out in the middle, you would think that Punjab are in a better position at this point. But, still, the road ahead is not the easiest as Kolkata still have good bowlers in their ranks and if they can take a wicket or two quickly, Punjab will feel the heat. It should be an interesting end to this game. Let's see how it pans out. Here's Tim Southee (2-0-19-0) again...
13.5
1
Sunil Narine To KL Rahul
Flatter and full around leg, Rahul sweeps it to deep square leg for a single.
13.4
1
Sunil Narine To Aiden Markram
In the air... JUST SHORT! Short in length and outside off, Aiden steps back to cut but it takes the outside edge and flies towards short third man. Nitish Rana rushes forward, puts in a dive but it falls in front of him. They cross.
13.3
1
Sunil Narine To KL Rahul
Slightly short and around off, KL moves back inside the crease and works it towards mid-wicket for a run.
13.2
1
Sunil Narine To Aiden Markram
Full and around off, at 95.9 kph, Aiden walks down the track and chips it over mid on for one.
13.1
1
Sunil Narine To KL Rahul
Tossed up ball on middle, Rahul gets back and nurdles it in the gap at mid-wicket for a single.
End Of The Over 13 : 103/2
11 Runs
  • 112.1
  • 112.2
  • 112.3
  • 112.4
  • 612.5
  • 112.6
KL Rahul
43 (39)
A. Markram
5 (6)
V. Iyer
2-0-23-0
12.6
1
Venkatesh Iyer To KL Rahul
On a length around off, pushed out to covers for a single. 11 from the over!
Change. Sunil Narine (2-0-18-0) is back!
12.5
6
Venkatesh Iyer To KL Rahul
SIX! Dispatched! Fuller again, around off and in the slot for the batsman, KL Rahul attacks it and heaves it powerfully over mid-wicket for a biggie.
12.4
1
Venkatesh Iyer To Aiden Markram
Shortish and on middle, Aiden plays a mistimed shot this time, down to long on for another run.
12.3
1
Venkatesh Iyer To KL Rahul
Fuller and wide outside off, KL walks across the stumps and mistimes his drive to long on for one.
12.2
1
Venkatesh Iyer To Aiden Markram
A touch short and outside off, Markram forces it off his back foot through cover-point for a single.
12.1
1
Venkatesh Iyer To KL Rahul
Full and wide outside off, Rahul drags it down off the inner half to deep mid-wicket for a single. KL Rahul is now the leading run-scorer of this season.
End Of The Over 12 : 92/2
7 Runs
  • 211.1
  • 111.2
  • 011.3
  • 211.4
  • 111.5
  • 111.6
KL Rahul
34 (35)
A. Markram
3 (4)
N. Rana
1-0-7-0
11.6
1
Nitish Rana To KL Rahul
Loopy and full on middle, Rahul flicks it gently through mid-wicket for another run. 7 from this over, 74 needed off 48 balls.
11.5
1
Nitish Rana To Aiden Markram
A full toss around leg, it's knocked down to long on for one.
Change in bowling. Venkatesh Iyer comes back on. Gave 12 off his opening over. He runs in to bowl, but, Rahul pulls out late. Then he taps the ball to the off side as Iyer has already delivered, but the umpire deems it a dead ball. Iyer will have to reload...
11.4
2
Nitish Rana To Aiden Markram
Flatter and a touch shorter on off, Markram jumps back inside the crease and cracks it past the diving cover fielder for a couple of runs.
11.3
0
Nitish Rana To Aiden Markram
Fuller and on middle, flicked on the leg side but straight to mid-wicket.
11.2
1
Nitish Rana To KL Rahul
Flatter and shorter on off, Rahul gets back and forces it down to long on for a single.
11.1
2
Nitish Rana To KL Rahul
A touch short and around middle, Rahul powers his pull shot down to deep mid-wicket. A fantastic diving stop by Rahul Tripathi and he saves two for his side.
End Of The Over 11 : 85/2
9 Runs
  • 110.1
  • 110.2
  • 610.3
  • W10.4
  • 110.5
  • 010.6
A. Markram
0 (1)
KL Rahul
30 (32)
V. Chakravarthy
4-0-24-2
10.6
0
Varun Chakravarthy To Aiden Markram
Floated one, full and around off, Aiden flicks it a bit aerially towards mid-wicket. It falls safely though. Markram looks for a run but is sent back. Could have been close had Narine not misfielded. Varun Chakravarthy is done for the evening, exceptional spell of 4 overs from him - 2/24.
Nitish Rana is into the attack!
10.5
1
Varun Chakravarthy To KL Rahul
Fuller and around off, Rahul drives it sensibly down to long off for a single.
10.4
W
Varun Chakravarthy To Nicholas Pooran OUT!
OUT! Gone! Nicholas Pooran hits a sixer, tries to score one more but departs. Sometimes, you need to respect the game situation. There was no need to target Kolkata's best bowler again. Full and flighted, outside off, Pooran aims for an inside-out shot but only manages to slice it in the deep. Shivam Mavi takes the skier safely at deep cover. 82 needed off 56 balls.
Aiden Markram arrives.
10.3
6
Varun Chakravarthy To Nicholas Pooran
SIX! Is this the evening when Nicholas Pooran arrives to form? Another full toss from Varun Chakravarthy, around middle, Pooran goes down on one knee and muscles it over wide long on for a biggie.
10.2
1
Varun Chakravarthy To KL Rahul
Gives this extra loop but fails to land, Rahul pushes the full toss down to long off for a single.
10.1
1
Varun Chakravarthy To Nicholas Pooran
Flatter and shorter, around off, Pooran goes back and cuts it to deep point for a single.
Varun Chakravarthy to bowl out...
End Of The Over 10 : 76/1
5 Runs
  • 29.1
  • 19.2
  • 09.3
  • 19.4
  • 19.5
  • 09.6
KL Rahul
28 (30)
N. Pooran
5 (4)
S. Narine
2-0-18-0
9.6
0
Sunil Narine To KL Rahul
Floats it up, landing fuller on off, Rahul manages to push this back to Sunil. 90 needed in 60 balls.
9.5
1
Sunil Narine To Nicholas Pooran
Fullish, outside off, gently dabbed to point for a quick single.
9.4
1
Sunil Narine To KL Rahul
Angled into the leg pole, quicker and flatter, KL goes back quickly and pushes this through mid on for one.
9.3
0
Sunil Narine To KL Rahul
Fuller on off, pushed to Morgan at covers.
9.2
1
Sunil Narine To Nicholas Pooran
Outside off, driven through covers for a single.
9.1
2
Sunil Narine To Nicholas Pooran
DROPPED! This was a great chance to take another quick wicket but Rahul Tripathi fails to hold on. Fuller, nice loop on this, outside off, Pooran, just like Agarwal, smacks this towards covers, where Rahul Tripathi gets his hands up to take it, but the ball bursts through. Two taken.
Sunil Narine is back on. He went for 13 runs in his opening over.
End Of The Over 9 : 71/1
8 Runs
  • 48.1
  • 18.2
  • 18.3
  • 18.4
  • W8.5
  • 18.6
N. Pooran
1 (1)
KL Rahul
27 (27)
V. Chakravarthy
3-0-15-1
8.6
1
Varun Chakravarthy To Nicholas Pooran
Fuller, around off, Nicholas Pooran opens his account by pushing this through mid off for one. A good over from Varun Chakravarthy!
Nicholas Pooran walks in next.
8.5
W
Varun Chakravarthy To Mayank Agarwal OUT!
OUT! CAUGHT! This time Morgan makes no mistake. He takes the catch of Agarwal, eventually. Eoin Morgan dropped the catch of Mayank Agarwal when he was on zero, but, he manages to hold on this time. That was hit very hard but the Englishman does well. Tossed up, wider outside off, Mayank Agarwal reaches out and drills this aerially towards covers, where Eoin Morgan reacts quickly and pouches this. The 70-run opening stand is broken and Kolkata will look to make further inroads. 96 needed off 67 balls.
8.4
1
Varun Chakravarthy To KL Rahul
A touch short, around off, Rahul goes back and nudges this through square leg. One run.
8.3
1
Varun Chakravarthy To Mayank Agarwal
Around off, Mayank gently knocks this through mid-wicket for one.
8.2
1
Varun Chakravarthy To KL Rahul
Fuller, around off, KL lofts this one towards long off, where Tim Southee runs to his right and stops the ball. Saves three for his side as the batters take one.
8.1
4
Varun Chakravarthy To KL Rahul
FOUR! CRACK! Fuller this time, wider outside off, KL Rahul shimmies down and drills this one through extra cover for a boundary.
End Of The Over 8 : 63/0
12 Runs
  • 07.1
  • 27.2
  • 17.3
  • 17.4
  • 17.5
  • 1 NB7.6
  • 67.6
M. Agarwal
39 (25)
KL Rahul
21 (24)
V. Iyer
1-0-12-0
7.6
6
Venkatesh Iyer To Mayank Agarwal
SIX! Lovely shot from Agarwal. Takes a full toll of the Free Hit. Iyer looks to bowl the wide yorker but it does not work out for him. Mayank Agarwal gets underneath this full toss and pumps this one over extra cover. Ruins the over for Iyer!
7.6
nb
Venkatesh Iyer To Mayank Agarwal
NO BALL! Whoops. Must have slipped out of his hands there. Iyer bowls a full toss, above the waist, outside off, Mayank Agarwal is taken aback and looks to cut it late but misses. No ball signalled and a Free Hit is coming up.
7.5
1
Venkatesh Iyer To KL Rahul
Well played but straight to the man! Outside off, on a length, KL pulls this hard but finds deep mid-wicket. One run.
7.4
1
Venkatesh Iyer To Mayank Agarwal
Another run as Mayank Agarwal steps inside the line of this length ball and works this to deep square leg.
Venkatesh Iyer is into the attack. One of the weak links of the Kolkata bowling this evening.
7.3
1
Venkatesh Iyer To KL Rahul
Slightly wider outside off, on a length, KL Rahul slaps this one to the man at long on for one.
7.2
2
Venkatesh Iyer To KL Rahul
Around off, on a length, KL eases this one through covers this time and they collect a brace.
7.1
0
Venkatesh Iyer To KL Rahul
Slower ball to begin with, on a length outside off, Rahul gently pushes it back to the bowler. Iyer collects and has a shy at the striker's end as KL had come out, but he misses.
End Of The Over 7 : 51/0
5 Runs
  • 16.1
  • 16.2
  • 16.3
  • 1 LB6.4
  • 06.5
  • 16.6
KL Rahul
17 (20)
M. Agarwal
32 (22)
V. Chakravarthy
2-0-7-0
6.6
1
Varun Chakravarthy To KL Rahul
A good over from Varun, just 5 off it! Floated, outside off, nicely driven through covers for one. 115 needed in 78 balls!
6.5
0
Varun Chakravarthy To KL Rahul
Shortish, around off, Mayank just taps this one to the fielder at covers.
6.4
lb
Varun Chakravarthy To Mayank Agarwal
A flatter ball, on the pads, Agarwal looks to work this to the leg side but the ball takes the pad and goes to the leg side. The batters sneak in a leg bye.
6.3
1
Varun Chakravarthy To KL Rahul
Full delivery from Narine, very full, on off, Rahul jams this one through mid on for a single.
6.2
1
Varun Chakravarthy To Mayank Agarwal
Tossed up, around off, Agarwal eases this through mid on. One more run.
6.1
1
Varun Chakravarthy To KL Rahul
Flatter and slightly quicker on the pads, Rahul works this through mid-wicket for one.
Strategic Time-Out! As expected, Mayank Agarwal and KL Rahul have provided Punjab with a solid start. The former was dropped on zero by Eoin Morgan and Kolkata would be ruing that missed chance. For the moment, Punjab are in control and Kolkata would be hoping to choke them in the middle overs.
End Of The Over 6 : 46/0
13 Runs
  • 15.1
  • 65.2
  • 15.3
  • 25.4
  • 15.5
  • 25.6
M. Agarwal
31 (20)
KL Rahul
14 (16)
S. Narine
1-0-13-0
5.6
2
Sunil Narine To Mayank Agarwal
Appeal for a run out! It's taken upstairs. Mayank was well in. Also, Morgan did not have the ball in his hands, when he whipped off the bails. Narine serves a flatter ball, on off and middle, Agarwal nudges this one through mid-wicket. They take one and come back for the second. Narine goes after it and throws it to Morgan at the non-striker's end, who whips the bails off. Replays show that Agarwal was in and Morgan did not have the ball in his hands as he broke the stumps. Punjab are at 46/0 at the end of the Powerplay!
5.5
1
Sunil Narine To KL Rahul
On middle, KL goes back and eases this down to long on. One run.
5.4
2
Sunil Narine To KL Rahul
In the air...safe! Not cleanly played by Rahul and he does not pay the price for the same. Tossed up, fuller outside off, KL Rahul skips down and looks to loft it over covers but slices it over point for a couple of runs.
5.3
1
Sunil Narine To Mayank Agarwal
Fuller this time, on middle and leg, Mayank knocks this one through mid-wicket for one.
5.2
6
Sunil Narine To Mayank Agarwal
SIX! Cracking shot! Mayank Agarwal plays an outstanding shot. Narine serves this fuller, around off and middle, Mayank Agarwal gets down on one knee and smokes this one down the ground. The fielder in the deep feels like he has a sniff at taking this but the ball goes past him and the ropes.
5.1
1
Sunil Narine To KL Rahul
Narine starts his spell with a shortish ball, on off and middle. KL goes back and taps this through mid on for one.
Spin from both ends. Sunil Narine to bowl the final over of the Powerplay.
End Of The Over 5 : 33/0
3 Runs
  • 14.1
  • 04.2
  • 04.3
  • 04.4
  • 14.5
  • 14.6
KL Rahul
10 (13)
M. Agarwal
22 (17)
V. Chakravarthy
1-0-3-0
4.6
1
Varun Chakravarthy To KL Rahul
Flatter one, on middle, Rahul punches it towards mid-wicket for one. A terrific first over by Varun Chakravarthy, just 3 from it.
4.5
1
Varun Chakravarthy To Mayank Agarwal
A bit short and on middle, Mayank swings his bat across the line and drags it off the inner half. The ball rolls in front of square leg and a single is taken.
4.4
0
Varun Chakravarthy To Mayank Agarwal
Three dots in a row, pressure building. Flighted delivery, full and outside off, Mayank drives it through the line, finds point.
4.3
0
Varun Chakravarthy To Mayank Agarwal
Quicker one, short and around off, Agarwal punches from the back foot but finds the cover fielder this time.
4.2
0
Varun Chakravarthy To Mayank Agarwal
Slightly short and around off, Mayank cuts from the back foot but finds the point fielder.
4.1
1
Varun Chakravarthy To KL Rahul
Flighted delivery, on middle, Rahul gets back and works it through square leg for a single.
Bowling change. Time for some spin. Varun Chakravarthy to operate now. A slip is in place.
End Of The Over 4 : 30/0
5 Runs
  • 03.1
  • 03.2
  • 13.3
  • 03.4
  • 03.5
  • 43.6
M. Agarwal
21 (13)
KL Rahul
8 (11)
S. Mavi
2-0-10-0
3.6
4
Shivam Mavi To Mayank Agarwal
FOUR! Mavi fails to finish his over well. Short in length and around off at 137.4 clicks, Mayank Agarwal steps back to make room and slaps it over point for a boundary.
3.5
0
Shivam Mavi To Mayank Agarwal
Lands it on a length around off, Mayank strokes it through the line but fails to find the gap through the heavily guarded off side field.
3.4
0
Shivam Mavi To Mayank Agarwal
Swing and a miss! Shivam Mavi clocks 141.8 kph and delivers it on a length outside off, Mayank Agarwal tries to hit it over covers but misses.
3.3
1
Shivam Mavi To KL Rahul
A touch short and close to off, Rahul stays back and eases it down to third man for one.
3.2
0
Shivam Mavi To KL Rahul
Full and around off, Rahul uses the angle of the pacer and works it on the leg side. Finds mid-wicket.
3.1
0
Shivam Mavi To KL Rahul
Morgan is making some great stops in the cover region. On a length and around off, it's hit firmly by Rahul but he fails to find the gap.
End Of The Over 3 : 25/0
12 Runs
  • 12.1
  • 02.2
  • 42.3
  • 12.4
  • 62.5
  • 02.6
M. Agarwal
17 (10)
KL Rahul
7 (8)
T. Southee
2-0-19-0
2.6
0
Tim Southee To Mayank Agarwal
Back of a length, around off and shaping in, Agarwal defends it back from the crease. 12 from the over, 19 from Southee's first two.
2.5
6
Tim Southee To Mayank Agarwal
SIX! Up and over! Full and around off, right in the slot for the batter, Mayank Agarwal reaches out for it and pumps it all the way over long off.
2.4
1
Tim Southee To KL Rahul
Fuller in length around off, Rahul tries to drive but it takes the inner half and rolls to mid on. They take a single.
2.3
4
Tim Southee To KL Rahul
FOUR! Fine shot! A half-volley, around off, KL Rahul shows the full face of his bat and drives it crisply past the bowler for a boundary down the ground. Straight as a die!
2.2
0
Tim Southee To KL Rahul
Pitches it up and around off, Rahul pushes it off his front foot but finds the cover fielder.
2.1
1
Tim Southee To Mayank Agarwal
Southee serves it full and close to off, Agarwal plays late and guides it wide of point for a single.
End Of The Over 2 : 13/0
6 Runs
  • 01.1
  • 01.2
  • 1 LB1.3
  • 01.4
  • 41.5
  • 11.6
M. Agarwal
10 (7)
KL Rahul
2 (5)
S. Mavi
1-0-5-0
1.6
1
Shivam Mavi To Mayank Agarwal
Gets behind the line of the delivery and pushes it towards mid on. Calls his partner quickly through for a single.
1.5
4
Shivam Mavi To Mayank Agarwal
FOUR! Not in control of the shot. Mavi delivers it full and around off, shaping in sharply, Mayank Agarwal tries to whip it over the leg side but the bat turns in his hands and the ball flies behind the bowler. The mid on fielder gives it the chase but it trickles over the fence.
1.4
0
Shivam Mavi To Mayank Agarwal
A little bit of width outside off, short in length, Mayank stays back and taps it down to backward point.
1.3
lb
Shivam Mavi To KL Rahul
Shortish on middle and leg, Rahul fails to work it around. It goes off his thigh pad to the on side and they cross for a leg bye.
1.2
0
Shivam Mavi To KL Rahul
Fractionally short and around off, shaping in, Rahul stays back and plays it down to point.
1.1
0
Shivam Mavi To KL Rahul
Morgan makes a flying stop! Fuller in length and outside off, KL strokes it off his front foot to covers where Morgan throws himself to his left and stops the ball. Saves a certain boundary.
Who will bowl from the other end? Shivam Mavi to run in...
End Of The Over 1 : 7/0
7 Runs
  • 10.1
  • 00.2
  • 10.3
  • 10.4
  • 40.5
  • 00.6
M. Agarwal
5 (4)
KL Rahul
2 (2)
T. Southee
1-0-7-0
0.6
0
Tim Southee To Mayank Agarwal
Beaten! This one is angled into the batsman, around off and on a length, Agarwal tries to play late but misses. That goes closely past the inside edge, probably brushed his pads a bit too.
0.5
4
Tim Southee To Mayank Agarwal
FOUR! Brilliantly timed. A juicy half-volley just outside off, Mayank Agarwal drills his drive all along the ground through extra cover.
0.4
1
Tim Southee To KL Rahul
Shortish and close to off, Rahul goes back and cuts it down to third man for a single.
0.3
1
Tim Southee To Mayank Agarwal
The batsman goes back in his crease and guides it through backward point for a single.
0.2
0
Tim Southee To Mayank Agarwal
DROPPED! Morgan is the culprit. When things go wrong, they go awfully wrong. Full and around off, shaping away again, Agarwal drives it uppishly to covers where Morgan drops a sitter. Could be a costly miss!
0.1
1
Tim Southee To KL Rahul
Some movement for Southee. He lands it full and outside off, Rahul slices his drive down to third man for a single.
Match Info
  • Venue Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai
  • Weather Clear
  • Toss Punjab Kingswon the toss and elected to field
  • Result Punjab Kings beat Kolkata Knight Riders by 5 wickets
  • Player of the Match KL Rahul
  • Umpire Richard Illingworth (ENG), KN Ananthapadmanabhan (IND) and Anil Dandekar (IND)
  • Referee Manu Nayyar (IND)
Match Notes
  • Innings Break: Kolkata 165/7 in 20.0 overs
  • Kolkata 150/5 in 17.5 overs
  • Strategic Time-out : Kolkata 121/3 in 15.0 overs
  • Kolkata 103/2 in 12.5 overs
  • V Iyer T20 fifty: 50 runs in 39 balls (7x4) (0x6)
  • Strategic Time-out : Kolkata 73/1 in 9.0 overs
  • 2nd wkt Partnership: 51 off 35 balls between V Iyer (30) and R Tripathi (20)
  • Kolkata 50/1 in 6.3 overs
  • Mandatory Power play (1-6): Kolkata 48/1
  • Punjab 150/4 in 17.5 overs
  • KL Rahul T20 fifty: 52 runs in 43 balls (2x4) (2x6)
  • Strategic Time-out : Punjab 109/2 in 14.0 overs
  • Punjab 102/2 in 12.5 overs
  • 1st wkt Partnership: 50 off 40 balls between KL Rahul (16) and M Agarwal (32)
  • Punjab 50/0 in 6.4 overs
  • Strategic Time-out: Punjab 46/0 in 6.0 overs
  • Mandatory Powerplay (1-6): Punjab 46/0
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Ruturaj Gaikwad CSK63545.35
Faf du Plessis CSK63345.21
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