IPL 2021
IPL 2021: Punjab Kings Keep Playoff Hopes Alive With Win Over KKR, Twitter Reacts
By Aditya Pratap - Oct 1, 2021 11:47 pm
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Kolkata Knight Riders and Punjab Kings are up against each other in the 45th match of the Indian Premier League 2021 at Dubai International Stadium. Both teams have a chance to qualify for the playoffs, KKR in particular have a better shot to make it to the last four.

KL Rahul scored yet another fifty in the IPL 2021

KL Rahul won the toss and opted to bowl first. Chris Gayle has left the IPL 2021 and he is replaced by Fabian Allen in the squad while Mandeep Singh and Harpreet Brar have made way for Mayank Agarwal and Shahrukh Khan. KKR left Lockie Ferguson and Sandeep Warrier and brought in Tim Seifert and Shivam Mavi.

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Shubhman Gill got out cheaply but Venkatesh Iyer was looking in good touch. He found a good ally in Rahul Tripathi as the pair added 72 runs for the second wicket. Venkatesh notched up his second fifty in the second leg of the IPL 2021. Tripathi and Venkatesh got out in quick succession.

Nitish Rana, then, played a handy cameo of 32 runs in 18 balls where he hit two fours and as many sixes. Arshdeep Singh and Mohammed Shami bowled beautifully at the death overs and restricted KKR to 165/7 in 20 overs.

PKBS’s hunt of 166 got off to a flying start thanks to Mayank Agarwal and KL Rahul. Both openers added 70 runs for the first wicket before Agarwal got out after scoring 40 runs. Nicholas Pooran came, smashed a six and got out in no time.

Aiden Markram walked out to bat at number four. He was struggling to middle the ball and got out after scoring just 18 runs. Meanwhile, KL had notched up yet another fifty in the IPL 2021 and regained the orange cap.

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A flurry of wickets towards the end brought the nightmares of previously failed run-chases of PKBS. Shahrukh Khan played a handy cameo of 22 runs in 9 balls where he hit one four and two sixes as PKBS won the game by five wickets with three balls to spare.

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