KKR vs PBKS: Punjab won by 9 wkts by completing historic targets against KKR !

IPL 2024: Today Friday, there will be a match between Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) and Punjab Kings (PBKS) in the 42nd match of the season. This match is the first match of the season when both the teams will clash against each other.

Kolkata Knight Riders have so far won 5 out of 7 matches and are at the second position in the points table. Punjab Kings team has won only 2 matches so far and they are trying to make a comeback.

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IPL 2024: KKR vs PBKS
IPL 2024: KKR vs PBKS

IPL 2024: KKR vs PBKS

1st Innings:

After electing to bat first, Kolkata Knight Riders scored 261 runs in 20 overs in the first innings. Sunil Narine and Phil Salt made important contributions, giving the team a great start.

Narine and Salt together gave Kolkata a stable platform as the two batsmen stitched a partnership of 138 runs off 62 balls. Apart from this, Venkatesh Iyer and Andre Russell also increased the team’s score with their contributions.

Captain Shreyas Iyer also batted brilliantly and added 28 runs in just 10 balls.

Despite a big early blow from the Punjab Kings bowlers, Kolkata’s batsmen batted well and gave the team a feeling of strength.

Narine and Salt challenged the Punjab Kings bowlers with their brilliant batting. Harshal Patel put the team in trouble by giving away 37 runs in 2 overs, while Rahul Chahar gave Kolkata the first success in the 11th over.

Sunil Narine made an important contribution to the team by scoring 71 runs in 32 balls with the help of 9 fours and 4 sixes, but he was out despite the blow.

Now it remains to be seen whether Punjab Kings have the ability to complete the target of 261 runs or not.

2nd Innings:

Punjab Kings blew everyone away with their brutal batting display in an important match of this season. They achieved the target of 262 runs against Kolkata Knight Riders, which included 144 runs scored from sixes alone, which was 36 runs less than the maximum runs scored by KKR.
262 runs was one of the highest targets in T20 history, which Punjab achieved with exceptional batting in the reply innings.

In this thrilling game, Jonny Bairstow 108 (48) gave strength to the team with his second IPL century. He delighted the fans of England and Punjab Kings by displaying a unique game. On the other hand, PBKS’s Shashank Singh 68 (28) performed brilliantly with his brilliant batting. He scored 68* runs in just 32 balls, which led to a big win for his team.

This was not just a great competition of batsmen, apart from batting, excellent performance was also seen in the bowling field. Sunil Narine got 1 wicket for KKR with his dedicated bowling. His excellent bowling resulted in him being named Star Player of the Match.

With this excellent performance, Punjab Kings celebrated their emphatic win and set a new high in T20 history. This victory proved the result of his team’s continuous efforts to win and reflected their high level performance.

KKR vs PBKS: Statment

Shreyas Iyer | KKR captain: I would have (taken 260 at the start of the day). The way the batters batted was tremendous to see, Sunny coming in.. the way Salt batted, they delivered and it was a treat for the eyes.

Both the teams played tremendously, one of those games where you go back to the drawing board and see where it went wrong especially not being able to defend 260. We have to sum up the conditions and come up with better ideas.

It is brilliant to see him (Narine) go out there and strike the ball, hopefully he keeps continuing with such performances.

Shashank Singh – When I was in the dug-out, I was just watching the behaviour of the pitch, felt it was coming on nicely with good bounce. Just backed myself to hit the other bowlers, was happy to take the singles and doubles off Narine, we wanted to play him out.

He has given me complete freedom (on coach Trevor Bayliss), has told me to play the way I can. A big positive when Jonny (Bairstow) supports you (from the other end), he has played 100 Test matches and to see him clap for you, you’ll feel happy and vindicated.

We still have 5 matches to go, we’ll take it one match at a time and I believe that we can still qualify to the playoffs.

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