New Delhi. Kolkata Knight Riders scored 165 runs for the loss of 7 wickets in 20 overs on Friday in the 45th match of IPL-2021 in Dubai. Due to this Punjab Kings got a target of 166 runs to win. Young opener Venkatesh Iyer contributed the highest 67 runs for KKR. At the same time, for Punjab, pacer Arshdeep Singh took 3 wickets while spinner Ravi Bishnoi got 2 wickets.
Venkatesh Iyer, playing his first season, performed brilliantly and scored his second half-century. He hit 9 fours and 1 six in his innings of 49 balls. He returned to the pavilion as the team’s third wicket, when he was caught by Ravi Bishnoi on the fourth ball of the 15th over at the hands of Deepak Hooda. He also added 72 runs for the second wicket with Rahul Tripathi.
Punjab captain KL Rahul won the toss and invited KKR to bat. Kolkata got the first blow on the team score of 18 when Shubman Gill (7) was bowled by Arshdeep Singh. After this, Venkatesh took the innings forward with Rahul Tripathi and shared a 72-run partnership for the second wicket. Tripathi was caught by Ravi Bishnoi on the third ball of the 12th over of the innings at the hands of Deepak Hooda. He scored 34 runs in 26 balls with the help of 3 fours and 1 six.
Captain Eoin Morgan (2) could not do much and Mohammed Shami sent him to the pavilion. Nitish Rana played a fast-paced innings of 31 runs in 18 balls, hitting 2 fours and 2 sixes. He was caught by Mayank Agarwal on Arshdeep Singh’s ball and half the KKR team returned to the pavilion till 149. Debuting Tim Seifert (2) was run out.