PBKS vs KKR 2021: Kolkata get campaign back on track with dominating win over Punjab | Cricket News

PBKS vs KKR 2021: Kolkata get campaign back on track with dominating win over Punjab | Cricket News

Eoin Morgan would be a happy man. On a day when everything went right for Kolkata Knight Riders, he too got back among runs to lead his side to a much-needed five-wicket victory against Punjab Kings at Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad on Monday. KKR did suffer a hiccup during the chase when they lost three wickets in the first three overs after their bowlers kept things tight to restrict Punjab Kings to 123 -9.
But a 66-run fourth-wicket stand between Morgan and Rahul Tripathi off 48 balls sealed the issue for KKR. The skipper stayed there till the end remaining unbeaten on 47 (40b, 4×4, 2×6). Tripathi fell for 41.
Unlike a T20 match, there was almost no fireworks as the batsmen struggled to get going on a pitch that played slow. Instead of the big shots, Punjab batsmen just nudged and pushed to get their runs as, apart from Mayank Agarwal and Chris Jordan, none could score at more than run-a-ball.

The Punjab side went through a sedate powerplay collecting only 37 runs, losing their skipper KL Rahul, who fell trying to open up in the sixth over. He hit Australian pacer Pat Cummis for a six over third man but was caught by Sunil Narine at mid-off trying to go for another one in the next delivery.
Youngster Shivam Mavi, who completed his four overs at one go after opening the attack, was rewarded for his superb show, snapping up Chris Gayle, caught behind by Dinesh Karthik, in his last over. Mavi ended up giving away just 13 runs in his four overs.

Punjab slipped from 36 for no loss to 42 for 3 in just two overs as Prasidh Krishna, coming in the eight over, had Deepak Hooda caught by Morgan at point in his fourth delivery.
Narine came good with the ball once again having dangerman Agarwal, who hit 31 off 34 balls with one four and two sixes, caught beautifully at deep mid-wicket by a diving Rahul Tripathi.

Punjab lost Moises Henriques and Nicholas Pooran in consecutive overs. While Narine bowled Henriques through the gate, Varun Chakravarthy had Pooran castled after the West Indian missed the line while going for a wild swing. Shahrukh Khan lifted Narine for a six in the West Indian’s last over, but the Tamil Nadu player perished soon after offering an easy catch to Morgan at cover off Krishna.

Only a late flourish by Jordan (30, 18b, 1×4, 3×6), who replaced Fabien Alen, saw Punjab end up with some runs on the board.

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