PBKS V KKR | Post-match Review

The Punjab Kings clashed with the Kolkata Knight Riders at Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad, in the Indian Premier League 2021 today. The Bengal tigers won the toss and decided to bowl first and demolish a target set by the Punjab Kings. The Punjab Kings stagnated a target of 124 runs in 20 overs for the Kolkata Knight Riders to which the latter calmly reacted and chased the target in no time. PBKS V KKR

Chasing a sub-par target of 124, Kolkata started off awfully as they lost Rana, Gill and Narine all departed in the first three overs. There were fears that Kolkata would mess up this chase. But Tripathi continued his fine form and Morgan found his touch too. Chasing such a low total, the two-time champions needed one solid stand. That is what Tripathi and Morgan’s 64-run stand gave. Tripathi was unable to finish things off and neither could Russell. Morgan though stuck till the end and along with Karthik ensured they managed to get over the line.

A performance full of heart from Punjab but they just did not have enough runs on the board and dew did not help their cause either. Henriques, Shami, Arshdeep and Hooda were all among the wickets. Bishnoi did not get any wicket but was very good. In the end, one cannot be critical of Punjab bowlers as defending 124 needed miracle which they did not get.

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Punjab skipper, KL Rahul mentions they could have applied themselves a lot more and expected the batters to be a lot smarter and get an extra 20 to 30 runs.  From Kolkata’s side Rahul Tripathi says it was an important win after the loses.  He adds the bowlers did really well, they did lose a few wickets but they knew if they bat sensibly, they’ll chase it down. Figured that there was some help for the bowlers but it was coming on better in the second innings.

The win was set-up by the Kolkata bowlers as they managed to restrict Punjab to a paltry score of 123. Shivam Mavi, Sunil Narine, and Varun Chakravarthy were superb and grabbed at least one wicket with Narine getting two. Punjab never got going and managed to reach a respectable total thanks to Chris Jordan. 

Post-match Prediction | Man Of The Match

There are no prizes for guessing the MAN OF THE MATCH, that has been declared to Eoin Morgan for his stunning performance in the game today. Morgan scored 47* in 40 deliveries.  He tells winning has not been easy and they have worked really hard, the performance today was really impressive especially with the ball. Adds Punjab is a tough side to play against but they did well to chase it down. Mentions from the 12th and 13th over of the first innings the wicket was sliding on and it kept getting better and better.

This takes us to an end of another game. Kolkata begins their Ahmedabad leg with a win that ends their 4-game winning run. Punjab failed to adjust to the new environment and succumbed to another loss. They did make things very difficult for themselves but have got over the line. Punjab will be happy with the fight shown by the bowlers but their batting has failed for the third time this season and that will worry KL Rahul and coach Kumble. 

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