New Delhi. Punjab Kings defeated Kolkata Knight Riders by 5 wickets in the IPL-2021 match due to the brilliant innings of their captain KL Rahul. In this match played in Dubai on Friday, Kolkata scored 165 runs for 7 wickets, after which Punjab achieved the target in 19.3 overs by losing 5 wickets. In this way, Punjab registered its fifth win of the current season in 12 matches. At the same time, KKR had to face the 7th defeat in the same number of matches. Rahul came out to open after scoring 67 runs on the second ball of the last over of the innings. He was caught by Shivam Mavi off Venkatesh Iyer’s ball. He hit 4 fours and 2 sixes in 55 balls.
Chasing the target of 166 runs, Rahul and Mayank Agarwal gave a great start to Punjab. Both also made an opening partnership of 70 runs. Varun Chakraborty broke this partnership when Mayank was caught by Morgan. Mayank hit 3 fours and as many sixes in his innings of 27 balls. Then Varun also sent Nicholas Pooran (12) to the pavilion. Aiden Markram was victimized by Sunil Narine and caught by Shubman Gill on the third ball of the 16th over of the innings. Markram hit 1 six in his innings of 16 balls. Deepak Hooda (3) could not do anything special and Shivam was caught by Mavi on Tripathi.
Earlier, Kolkata scored 165 runs in the stipulated 20 overs for the loss of 7 wickets. 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. Arshdeep bowled Dinesh Karthik (11) on the last ball of the innings. Sunil Narine returned unbeaten after scoring 3 runs.