DubaiIn the Indian Premier League (IPL) on Friday, Punjab Kings made the playoff game exciting by defeating Kolkata Knight Riders by 5 wickets in a thrilling match. Kolkata scored 165 runs for the loss of 7 wickets on the basis of Venkatesh’s fifty. Answer: Punjab won the match by making 168 runs for the loss of 5 wickets in 19.3 overs. For him, captain KL Rahul played the highest innings of 67 runs, while Shahrukh Khan scored a winning six. The batting of opener Venkatesh Iyer (67 runs) continues. He scored another half-century against Punjab Kings, which saved the shame of the Kolkata Knight Riders team full of swashbuckling. KKR scored 165 runs for 7 wickets. This is his second half century in 5 matches, while this was the third time he has scored 40+. Iyer (67 off 49 balls, nine fours, one six) along with Rahul Tripathi (34 off 26 balls, three fours, one six) put on 72 runs for the second wicket to lift the team from the initial setback. Apart from these two, Nitish Rana contributed 31 runs in 18 balls with the help of two fours and two sixes. The rest of the KKR batsmen could not take advantage of the platform that these three set up. KR scored 44 runs in the last five overs and lost four wickets. Mohammed Shami (1 for 23) and Arshdeep Singh (3 for 32) conceded only 14 runs in the last two overs. In the middle overs, leg-spinner Ravi Bishnoi (2 for 22) kept the batsmen in check. Shubman Gill (seven) again failed to give KKR a good start. Arshdeep Singh bowled him on the ball coming inward quickly. Iyer, the second opener, however, maintained his good form. He made many good shots in his natural style and took the score to 48 runs till the powerplay. Iyer’s every shot was lively, then Tripathi too soon became aggressive according to the team’s strategy. He hit left-arm spinner Fabian Allen for the first six of the innings and then two fours off Nathan Ellis, but his timing was not right on Bishnoi’s googly. Deepak Hooda made no mistake in taking a waving catch in the air at long on. After Iyer completed his second half-century of IPL off 39 balls, Allen’s delivery was sent to deep midwicket for six runs to take the team’s score to triple digits. He then hit two spectacular boundaries on Ellis, which was a wonderful combination of strength and skill. But in an attempt to sweep the slog on Bishnoi’s googly, he gave an easy catch. Captain Eoin Morgan (2)’s poor form continued. Rana took a catch at the boundary line after hitting sixes on Ellis and Arshdeep. Arshdeep bowled Dinesh Karthik (11) off the last ball.
[Attribution to NBT]