It is said in cricket that ‘catch the catch and win the match’ means catch the catch and win the match. And the importance of a catch was seen during the match played against Kolkata Knight Riders and Punjab Kings. Thrill was at its peak and Punjab Kings needed 5 runs to win in the last over. But, the fear of Punjab’s last over defeat against Rajasthan Royals was in everyone’s mind. The fear got even bigger when Kolkata Knight Riders bowler Venkatesh Iyer sent set batsman KL Rahul to the pavilion on the second ball. On the next ball of Venkatesh’s over, young batsman Shahrukh Khan played a shot in the air and the ball went straight into the hands of Rahul Tripathi, but Rahul could not hold the catch and the ball went across the boundary. KKR’s hopes of victory were dashed due to Rahul’s mistake and Punjab managed to win the match by 5 wickets.
This mistake of Rahul Tripathi can also cost the team a lot. Because it was also the 7th defeat of this season for KKR against KL Rahul’s team and the road to reaching the playoffs is now looking more difficult than before. Had this Kolkata fielder been successful in catching this catch, then not only the match but also the equation of the point table would have been different. KKR now have two matches left and even after winning both, the team’s total points will be 14. On the other hand, with the victory of Punjab, now Kolkata has got 10 points. That is, if Punjab wins both their remaining matches by a big margin, then this defeat for Kolkata can be very heavy.
For Punjab, captain KL Rahul played a brilliant innings of 67 runs and held one end from start to finish. Rahul got out on the second ball of the last over of the innings. Apart from him, Mayank Agarwal played a quick innings of 40 runs in 27 balls. Earlier, Venkatesh Iyer played a brilliant innings of 67 runs for KKR, due to which Kolkata’s team could reach the score of 165 runs in 20 overs. Kolkata lost their four big wickets in the last five overs and the team could only manage 43 runs.