Dinesh Karthik, KKR wins.


Kolkata has won the toss and decides to bat first. For KKR Prasidh comes in for Mavi. Punjab has replaced Jordan with Cottrell.
Tripathi on strike and Shami has the bowl. Only seven runs from the first over. Arshdeep starts his spell with a maiden over. Shami hs bowled Tripathi in the third over. Nitish Rana runs out in the fourth over. KKR looks in danger now. Kolkata scored 25 runs for a loss of two wickets in the powerplay. Second lowest powerplay score of the season.

Morgan and Gill play slowly and were trying to build a partnership. But Bishnoi removed Morgan in the eleventh over. Karthik joins Gill now. Together they play steadily. Run flow has slowed. Gill completed his patient half-century in the fifteenth over. KKR’s scored 115/3 by the end of sixteenth over. Karthik has opened his arms can he accelerate the inning?

Jordan bowls the seventeenth over and Karthik attacks again. 18 runs in this over. Shami to bowl eighteenth over. Karthik hits two back to back boundaries and completes his fifty in just 22 balls. It’s his joint-fastest fifty and coincidently both came against Punjab. Gill runs himself out in this over. Arshdeep removed Big Russell in the 19th over and gave away only 9 runs. Jordan bowls the last over and Karthik is out on the last ball. KKR scored 164/6. They could score only 18 runs in the last two overs. Let’s see if this will haunt them or not.

Cummins opens the attack and gives only three runs. Agarwal launched the attack in the third over of Prasidh and scored 14 runs in it. Powerplay score for Punjab was 47/0.

Run rate in control and they have not lost the wicket yet. It seems to be an easy chase for Punjab. Rahul brought up his fifty in the thirteenth over by hitting a boundary to Cummins. Agarwal also completed his fifty in the same over with a single. Prasidh removes Mayank in the fifteenth over who was looking to hit the ball over the fence. Nagarkoti’s sixteenth over proved expensive for KKR and Punjab scored 19 runs in it. Score at the end of sixteenth over was 136/1. 29 runs needed in 24 balls.

Chakravarthy gave only seven runs in the seventeenth over. Narine removed Pooran in next over and gave only 2 runs in it. 20 runs needed in two overs and Rahul is still batting for Punjab. Prasidh removed Simran in the fourth ball of the nineteenth over. Rahul was also bowled in the last ball. 14 runs needed in the last over. Maxwell on strike and Narine has the bowl. Narine removed Mandeep Singh in the fifth ball of the over. Now Punjab needs 6 runs in the last ball for a superover. But… what a miss…. Maxwell lofts the ball and it misses the boundary by an inch. KKR wins this match by 2 runs. Rahul must be ruing this missed chance. Punjab would need lots of introspection after this match which they could have won easily.

Dinesh Karthik was judged Man of the Match.

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