Indian Premier League, 2021

Punjab Kings vs Kolkata Knight Riders - Match 21

Venue: Narendra Modi Stadium, Motera, Ahmedabad

Date & Time: 26 April 2021

Kolkata Knight Riders 126/5

RR: 7.56 | Kolkata Knight Riders beat Punjab Kings by 5 wickets


Batsman R B 4s 6s
Shubman Gill lbw Mohammed Shamilbw Mohammed Shami9820
Nitish Rana c Shahrukh Khan & b Moises Henriquesc Shahrukh Khan & b Moises Henriques0100
Rahul Tripathi c Shahrukh Khan & b Deepak Hoodac Shahrukh Khan & b Deepak Hooda413270
Sunil Narine c Ravi Bishnoi & b Arshdeep Singhc Ravi Bishnoi & b Arshdeep Singh0400
Eoin Morgan not out not out 474042
Andre Russell run out (Arshdeep Singh / KL Rahul)run out (Arshdeep Singh / KL Rahul)10920
Dinesh Karthik not out not out 12620
Pat Cummins
Shivam Mavi
Prasidh Krishna
Varun Chakaravarthy
Extras 7 (b 0, lb 6, w 1, nb 0)
Total 126 (5 Wkts, 16.4 Ov)
Fall of Wickets
5-1 (Nitish Rana,0.4), 9-2 (Shubman Gill,1.5), 17-3 (Sunil Narine,3), 83-4 (Rahul Tripathi,11), 98-5 (Andre Russell,14.1),
BowlingO M R WEcon
Moises Henriques1 0 5 1 5.00
Mohammed Shami4 0 25 1 6.25
Arshdeep Singh2.4 0 27 1 11.25
Ravi Bishnoi4 0 19 0 4.75
Chris Jordan3 0 24 0 8.00
Deepak Hooda2 0 20 1 10.00

That is it from this game. Kolkata begin their Ahmebadad leg with a win that ends their 4-game winning run. Punjab faild to adjust to the new environment and succumbed to another loss. The action in the league continues on Tuesday, 27th April. As Risabh Pant's Delhi takes on Kohli's Banglore. That game begins at 1930 local (1400 GMT). We shall see you then. Till then goodbye and take care.

Eoin Morgan, Kolkata skipper and Man of the Matxh, says winning has not been easy and they have worked really hard, the performance today was really impressive especially with the ball. Adds Punjab are a tough side to play against but they did well to chase it down. Mentions from the 12th and 13th kver of the first innings the wicket was sliding on and it kept getting better and better. Adds giving 4 overs on the trot is something he does not do a lot but Mavi bowled well and he wanted him to bowl to Gayle. States their spinners are variation bowlers, they do not rely a lot on turn and they try and control the line and length and they did that well. Says they hope today is the start of something. Ends by wishing people who are sick well and he says if they stick together, they can beat this.

The win was set-up by the Kolkata bowlers as they managed to restrict Punjab to a paltry score of 123. Shivam Mavi, Sunil Narine, and Varun Chakravarthy were superb as they all went under 6 rpo and grabbed at least one wicket with Narine getting two. Cummins and prasidh Krishna got 2 and 3 wickets each but the duo was expensive. Punjab never got going and managed to reach a respectable total thanks to Chris Jordan. That though was not enough to get them a win.

Kolkata's smiling Rahul Tripathi is caught for a chat. Rahul Tripsrhi says it was an important win after the loses. Adds the bowlers did really well, they did lose a few wickets but they knew if they bat sensibly, they’ll chase it down. Adds there was some help for the bowlers but it was coming on better in the second innings. Mentions he thought he was run out as he was late to dive and he was upset but was happy after watching the replay. Ends by saying he was set and he wanted to take a chance, it was a half hearted chance and he played a rash shot but he is happy they chased it down in 17 overs.

Punjab skipper, KL Rahul says it is a tough night, it is never nice to be on a losing side, he is lost for words and they should have adapted. Mentions they could have applied themselves a lot more and expected the batters to be a lot smarter and get an extra 20 to 30 runs. Adds the wicket was a bit two-paced and it also remained up and down and it was difficult to bat with the new ball. Also says good teams assess quickly and they could not do that and he hopes they can learn from their mistakes. Admits the catch taken by Ravi was awesome and they have been a good fielding side and Rhodes has pushed everyone to work hard on that aspect of the game and it is coming off nicely.

A performance full of heart from Punjab but they just did not have enough runs on the board and dew did not help their cause either. Henriques, Shami, Arshdeep and Hooda were all among the wickets. Bishnoi did not get any wicket but was very good. In the end, one cannot be critical of Punjab bowlers as defending 124 needed miracle which they did not get.

Chasing a sub-par target of 124, Kolkata started off awfully as they lost Rana, Gill and Narine all departed in the first three overs. There were fears that Kolkata would mess up this chase. But Tripathi continued his fine form and Morgan found his touch too. Chasing such a low total, the two-time champions needed one solid stand. That is what Tripathi and Morgan's 64-run stand gave. Tripathi was unable to finish things off and neither could Russell. Morgan though stuck till the end and along with Karthik ensured they managed to get over the line. 

Finally, Kolkata end their losing run and get back to winning ways. They did make things very difficult for themselves but have got over the line. Punjab will be happy with the fight shown by the bowlers but their batting has failed for the third time this season and that will worry KL Rahul and coach Kumble.

Arshdeep Singh to Dinesh Karthik, FOUR! Thumped! Kolkata win it in style! Short and on middle, this is hammered through mid-wicket for a boundary. KOLKATA WIN BY 5 WICKETS!
Arshdeep Singh to Dinesh Karthik, Only two needed! Shorter and on middle, this is pulled over mid-wicket for a couple.
Arshdeep Singh to Dinesh Karthik, FOUR! Just the 4 needed! Full and on off, this hit down the ground for a boundary.
Arshdeep Singh to Eoin Morgan, A slower short one, this is pulled through mid-wicket for one.
Deepak Hooda to Eoin Morgan, A single to end! On middle, it is hit down to long on for one.
Deepak Hooda to Eoin Morgan, SIX! Morgan wants to end it quickly! Also now has 7000 runs in T20s. A lovely shot to bring it up. Tossed up on off, Morgan makes room and lifts it over covers for a biggie.
Deepak Hooda to Eoin Morgan, FOUR! Finds the gap! Powerfully hit. Makes room and this is a full one outside off, it is smashed through covers for a boundary.
Deepak Hooda to Dinesh Karthik, Fuller and on middle, this is hit down to long on for one.
Deepak Hooda to Eoin Morgan, Yet again it is outside off, Morgan chops it through point for one.
Deepak Hooda to Eoin Morgan, Flatter and outside off, Morgan looks to cut but this one stays low and it's a dot.
Ravi Bishnoi to Eoin Morgan, This time Morgan cuts and gets it to deep point for a single. Bishnoi finishes with 0/19. Anothr good day at the office for the leggie as the ball was wet but he has continued to enhance his reputation. 
Ravi Bishnoi to Eoin Morgan, Short and wide outside off. Morgan chops it to backward point.
Ravi Bishnoi to Eoin Morgan, EDGED AND AWAY! Tossed up outside off, Morgan looks to paddle but gets a top edge. Luckily for Morgan it goes over the man at slip and away. Two taken.
Ravi Bishnoi to Dinesh Karthik, Another risky run but this time they get it. On the pads, DK flicks it to the right of short mid-wicket. The fielder there dives and stops the ball. Karthik puts a dive at the bowler's end but the throw is far off the stumps.
Ravi Bishnoi to Dinesh Karthik, Low full toss on off, Karthik pushes it to mid off.

Dinesh Karthik is the new man in!

Ravi Bishnoi to Eoin Morgan, OUT! RUN OUT! Russell has to go back and is this the turning point in this game? Can Punjab pull off a miraculous win here? Fabulous work from Arshdeep. Flighted delivery outside off. Morgan looks to defend but the ball goes to short third man off the outer half. Russell calls for the run but Morgan is hesitant. He still goes for it. Arshdeep sends the throw at the keeper's end on a bounce. KL Rahul guides it onto the stumps. The square leg umpire takes it upstairs and replays find Russell to be short. 

Direct hit and Russell is in trouble.

Chris Jordan to Eoin Morgan, Slower ball on middle. Morgan taps it in front of square on the off side for a single. 
Chris Jordan to Andre Russell, This time Russell pulls it with control but to deep mid-wicket for one.
Chris Jordan to Andre Russell, EDGED AND FOUR! Second boundary for Russell and both have come with the inside edge. Good length ball on middle, Russell looks to pull but gets an inside edge which misses the stumps and goes fine down the leg side for a boundary.
Chris Jordan to Andre Russell, Slapped but straight to the fielder. Full around off, Russell muscles it but straight to Shami at short extra cover.
Chris Jordan to Eoin Morgan, Morgan charges down the track and punches it to sweeper cover for one. 
Chris Jordan to Eoin Morgan, Full on middle, Morgan tucks it to the man at short mid-wicket. 

Time-Out! 33 needed off 42 balls. This should be 2 points in the bag for Kolkata. But you never know, Punjab have done well so far and would like to take a few more and send some shivers down the Kolkata dugout. Kolkata's captain, Morgan is out in the middle and he would look to finish this game himself. Chris Jordan is into the attack.

Ravi Bishnoi to Andre Russell, Another wrong 'un and the appeal is turned down. It pitches on middle and leg and turns back in. Russell gets on his back foot and looks to defend but misses. Going down and hence the umpire is not keen.
Ravi Bishnoi to Eoin Morgan, In the air but safe! Outside off, Morgan walks inside his stumps and drags his sweep to deep mid-wicket. The ball falls in front of the fielder. Single taken.
Ravi Bishnoi to Eoin Morgan, Another one that turns away from the southpaw. Morgan looks to cut but misses. 
Ravi Bishnoi to Andre Russell, Wrong 'un on middle and leg. Russell looks to defend but it goes off the inner half of his bat through 45 on the leg side. Single taken. 
Ravi Bishnoi to Eoin Morgan, Shorter and on middle. Morgan knocks it towards long on and trudges to the other end. 
Ravi Bishnoi to Eoin Morgan, Wrong 'un outside off. Morgan looks to sweep but misses. 

Change in bowling. Ravi Bishnoi is back on.

Mohammed Shami to Andre Russell, Another peach! This is brilliant from Shami. Bowls it right in the hole on off. Russell once again does well to jam it out. 
Mohammed Shami to Andre Russell,  EDGE AND FOUR! Russell gets off the mark with some luck on his side. Shami will feel hard done by. Shortish ball on off, Russell looks to pull but gets an inside edge. It goes away from the stumps and away from fine leg for a boundary. 
Mohammed Shami to Andre Russell, Full around middle and leg. Russell hits it very hard as the ball flies to mid on on a bounce. 
Mohammed Shami to Andre Russell, Corker of a yorker. What a ball! It is on middle and leg. Russell does really well to jam it out. A hostile welcome for Russell. 
Mohammed Shami to Eoin Morgan, Full on middle and leg, Morgan knocks it to long on and gets to the other end.
Mohammed Shami to Eoin Morgan, Fullish on off, this one sticks to the surface. Morgan defends it to short extra cover.

Who will walk out to bat now? It is Andre Russell who walks before Dinesh Karthik.

Deepak Hooda to Rahul Tripathi, OUT! CAUGHT! Tripathi departs and he is absolutely furious with himself. End of a very nice innings from Rahul but he knows he should have finished and was this shot really needed at this stage?  Good catch from Shahrukh Khan! Tossed up delivery around off, Tripathi comes down the track and looks to go over down the ground. He does not commit to the shot and chips it to the left and in front of long on. Shahrukh Khan there dives and takes a very good catch. Kolkata still need 41 to win.
Deepak Hooda to Eoin Morgan, Hooda gives this one nice flight and air on off. Morgan knocks it to long off for a single. 
Deepak Hooda to Eoin Morgan, Tossed up on the stumps, Morgan pushes it back to the bowler.