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IPL 2021: Arshdeep, Rahul script Punjab's win to keep hopes alive

Punjab Kings beat Kolkata Knight Riders by five wickets to keep their playoff hopes alive in Indian Premier League (IPL).

At the Dubai International Stadium on Friday night, Kolkata posted 165 for seven after being asked to bat and in response Punjab overhauled the target with three balls and five wickets to spare to finish on 168 for five.

After being asked to bat, Kolkata posted 165 for seven in their 20 overs. The lead performer for Kolkata was Venkatesh Iyer (67: 49b, 9x4, 1x6). Iyer shared a 72 run second wicket stand with Rahul Tripathi (34) to revive the innings. Then, Nitish Rana (31) took over and used the long handle to good effect. Innings suffered a collapse, but Kolkata still managed to end fairly decently.

Arshdeep Singh (3-32) and Ravi Bishnoi (2-22) were the best bowlers on view for Punjab.

In their chase, Punjab started well with captain Lokesh Rahul and Mayank Agarwal (40) added 70 for the opening wicket. The middle-order did not support Rahul enough. Only Rahul managed to stabilise the innings through useful partnerships.

Rahul was the fifth man out in the final over, but by then he had done more than enough with a 67 off 55 balls with four boundaries and two sixes. Shahrukh Khan applied finishing touches to the chase with a 9-ball 22 to help seal the chase in 19.3 overs.

Earlier, Punjab made a forced change after Chris Gayle left the squad, so Fabian Allen came in his place. Punjab made the other change by bringing in Mayank Agarwal for Mandeep Singh and Shahrukh Khan came in for Harpreet Brar.

For Kolkata there were two changes with Tim Seifert replacing Lockie Ferguson and Shivam Mavi coming in place for Sandeep Warrier.

Match Summary

Kolkata Knight Riders: 165-7 (20)
Fall of wickets: 1-18 (Shubman Gill-2.2 ov), 2-90 (Rahul Tripathi-11.3 ov), 3-120 (Venkatesh Iyer-14.4 ov), 4-124 (Eoin Morgan-15.5 ov), 5-149 (Nitish Rana-17.4 ov), 6-156 (Tim Seifert-18.4 ov), 7-165 (Dinesh Karthik-19.6 ov)

Punjab Kings: 168-5 (19.3)
Fall of wickets: 1-70 (Mayank Agarwal-8.5 ov), 2-84 (Nicholas Pooran-10.4 ov), 3-129 (Aiden Markram-15.3 ov), 4-134 (Deepak Hooda-16.3 ov), 5-162 (KL Rahul-19.2 ov)

Result: Punjab Kings won by five wickets 

Scorecard

Playing XI
Punjab Kings: KL Rahul (captain & wicket-keeper), Mayank Agarwal, Aiden Markram, Nicholas Pooran, Shahrukh Khan, Deepak Hooda, Fabian Allen, Nathan Ellis, Mohammed Shami, Ravi Bishnoi, Arshdeep Singh

Kolkata Knight Riders: Shubman Gill, Venkatesh Iyer, Rahul Tripathi, Nitish Rana, Eoin Morgan (captain), Dinesh Karthik (wicket-keeper), Tim Seifert, Sunil Narine, Shivam Mavi, Tim Southee, Varun Chakravarthy

Match Details
Toss: Punjab Kings, elected to field
Venue: Dubai International Stadium, Dubai
Start time: 1800 hrs UAE time
Match officials: KN Ananthapadmanabhan, Richard Illingworth (On-field Umpires); Anil Dandekar (TV Umpire); Jayaraman Madanagopal (Reserve Umpire); Manu Nayyar (Match-referee)

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