|Indian Premier League, Dubai:|
|Kolkata Knight Riders 165-7 (20 overs): Iyer 67 (49), Tripathi 34 (26); Singh 3-32, Bishnoi 2-22|
|Punjab Kings 168-5 (19.3 overs): KL Rahul 67 (55), Agarwal 40 (27); Chakravarthy 2-24|
|Punjab Kings gained by 5 wickets|
Punjab Kings saved their Indian Premier League play-off hopes alive with an exciting five-wicket win over Eoin Morgan’s Kolkata Knight Riders.
Venkatesh Iyer hit 67 off 49 however Morgan as soon as once more failed with the bat, scoring simply two, as KKR posted 165-7 in Dubai.
Captain KL Rahul – the highest run-scorer on this 12 months’s IPL – scored a affected person 67 off 55 as his facet chased down the goal with three balls to spare.
KKR stay within the fourth-place play-off spot, with Punjab in fifth.
Each groups – alongside sixth-placed Mumbai Indians – are on 10 factors, however KKR have the superior web run charge whereas Mumbai have performed a sport fewer.
Iyer stars once more however Morgan’s woes proceed
The IPL has a wealthy historical past of unearthing a wealth of Indian expertise, and Iyer might be a brand new title so as to add to the record.
The 26-year-old – taking part in in simply his fifth IPL sport since making his debut final month – checked out ease on the crease in cricket’s most profitable competitors as he scored his second half-century of the match.
Iyer hit 9 boundaries and one six, earlier than he was caught within the deep by Deepak Hooda off the bowling of Ravi Bishnoi.
England and KKR captain Morgan made his technique to the center together with his crew on 120-3 with 5.2 overs remaining.
However he couldn’t profit from the chance, his poor type with the bat persevering with as he was shortly out lbw to Mohammed Shami.
Morgan moved throughout his crease, trying to flick the ball to the leg facet, as Shami bowled full and straight on the batter’s boot.
“It was a straight supply and a really poor shot,” commentator and ex-IPL participant Abhishek Jhunjhunwala stated on Take a look at Match Particular.
Morgan has been dismissed for single figures in every of his 4 innings for the reason that match resumed within the United Arab Emirates, after it was postponed due to coronavirus.
Rahul leads from the entrance
Issues then went from dangerous to worse for Morgan after he dropped opener Mayank Agarwal on the second ball of Punjab’s reply.
Agarwal drilled Tim Southee straight to Morgan at cowl, who spilled a regulation waist-height catch.
The opener made KKR pay by smashing a 27-ball 40 and sharing a stand of 70 with Rahul, earlier than he was dismissed by spinner Varun Chakravarthy – Morgan barely making amends by taking the catch.
However Agarwal’s departure allowed Rahul to take over. The India opener reached his half-century in model, launching Southee for six.
Late drama and dropped catches value KKR
Punjab made it exhausting work as Nicholas Pooran (12), Aiden Markram (18) and Deepak Hooda (3) fell to present KKR some late hope.
With 11 wanted from 9 balls, there was extra late drama. Rahul swept to the leg-side and Tripathi, operating in from the deep, dived full size to take a spectacular catch. However after an extended delay the TV umpire dominated the ball had been grounded as Tripathi took the catch and Rahul was reprieved.
Rahul was dismissed within the subsequent over, nevertheless, caught by Shivam Mavi off the bowling of Iyer.
KKR may sense an unlikely win, with Punjab needing 4 off 4, however the match completed in outstanding trend.
Shahrukh Khan – who contributed a big 22 off simply 9 balls – hit the ball in the direction of mid-wicket and Tripathi spilled a easy catch, the ball dropping over the boundary for six.