Dominant Bowling Display Helps KKR Restrict Punjab to 123/9
Mayank Agarwal was the top scorer for Punjab with 31 as only 5 players got to double figures.
A dominant bowling display from Kolkata Knight Riders through the innings helped them restrict Punjab Kings to a paltry 123/9 in Ahmedabad.
Shivam Mavi started it off with a spell of 1/13 in 4 overs and was ably backed up by Prasidh Krishan, who took 3 wickets, and Pat Cummins and Sunil Narine, both of whom took 2 each. Mayank Agarwal was the top scorer for Punjab with 31 as only 5 players got to double figures.
Batting first, Punjab got off to a slow start as both openers KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal unable to find momentum or the gaps in the powerplay. A few deliveries before the end of the powerplay, when KKR’s Shivam Mavi kept the batters tied up, Rahul looked to hit Pat Cummins for a second consecutive six but was caught by Sunil Narine for 19.
Off the next over, Chris Gayle was caught behind off Mavi for a first ball duck, bringing Deepak Hooda to the middle.
Hooda and Mayank too struggled to kick start a partnership with the middle-order bat being dismissed by Prasidh Krishna for 1, leaving Punjab at 42/3 in the 8th over.
Nicholas Pooran and Mayank tried to steady the ship and were almost settling in before KKR struck again. Narine had Mayank trying to pull and caught sharply by Rahul Tripathi for 31, as the innings continued its downward slide.
Narine then packed off Moises Henriques for 2 even as Pooran was starting to look for the big shots at the other end. With 6 overs to go, Punjab were 78/5 and in all sorts of trouble.
However, Pooran would not be able to drag Punjab out of trouble as he was clean bowled by Varun Chakravarthy for 19.
Chris Jordan and Shahrukh Khan, facing the last five and a half overs, had to attack but KKR’s bowlers continued to be on the money, stifling the lower order.
Under pressure, Shahrukh struggled too, like the others, and was caught by Morgan for 13 off Prasidh Krishna in the 18th over.
Under pressure, Shahrukh struggled too, like the others, and was caught by Morgan for 13 off Prasidh Krishna in the 18th over. Ravi Bishnoi could not handle Cummins’ pace in the penultimate over and was dismissed for 1.
With Mohammed Shami at one end, Jordan threw the kitchen sink at Prasidh Krishna smashing him for a couple of sixes during his 18-ball-30 before losing his off stump off a slower one.
Shami and Arshdeep added a couple of runs after that as Punjab finished with 123.
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