Gurbaz opens his account with a huge six! He showcased what he’s capable of as he confidently advanced down the track, reached the pitch of the ball, and lofted it over wide long-on with ease.
PBKS managed to score 191 runs on a pitch that seemed favorable for batting. Prabhsimran, Dhawan, and Rajapaksa started strongly against the new ball, which did not offer much assistance to the seamers. Even later, the pitch did not provide much turn.
However, KKR made a comeback with excellent spells from Umesh and Chakravarthy. PBKS had a strong start and were at 100/1 after 10 overs, and looked set to score over 200. Nonetheless, 191 is still a decent total, but not impossible to chase on this flat pitch with a quick outfield.
Kolkata won the toss and decided to bowl first. Prabhsimran Singh scored 23 runs off 12 balls with the help of two fours and two sixes. Captain Shikhar Dhawan and Rajapaksa shared a partnership of 86 runs for the second wicket. Rajapaksa hit five fours and two sixes in his innings of 50 runs off 32 balls.
Jitesh Sharma scored 21 runs with the help of one four and two sixes in 11 balls before getting out, while captain Shikhar Dhawan scored 40 runs with six fours in 29 balls before getting out a little later. Punjab lost their fourth wicket in the 15th over.
Sikandar Raza scored 16 runs in 13 balls and returned to the pavilion at a score of 168. But then the most expensive player of this IPL, Sam Curran, hit two sixes in 17 balls and scored 26 unbeaten runs, while Shahrukh Khan scored 11 unbeaten runs in seven balls, taking Punjab to a strong position.
From KKR’s side, Tim Southee took two wickets at 54 runs, while Umesh Yadav, Sunil Narine and Varun Chakravarthy took one wicket each. Varun gave away 26 runs in his four overs, while Umesh gave away 27 runs.