KKR Vs PBKS – IPL 2021 Match #21 Quick Review! Mavi-Krishna, Sunil Narine, Rahul Tripathi, and captain Morgan the positives. A brilliant catch by Ravi Bishnoi, but not much else for PBKS.
Match Details, Scorecard, & Video Highlights
Toss: RR won the toss and chose to bat first.
Venue: Narendra Modi Stadium, Motera, Ahmedabad
Umpires: Paul Reiffel & Yeshwant Borde
What Actually Happened
- Winner: Kolkata Knight Riders won by 5 wickets.
- Scores: PBKS 123-9 KKR 126-5
- Player of the Match: Eoin Morgan
- Best Figures
- Prasidh Krishna – 3/30
- Moises Henriques – 1/5 (1 over), Mohammad Shami – 1/25 (4 overs)
- Most Runs
- Mayank Agarwal – 31 (34)
- Eoin Morgan – 47 (40)
Moments of The Day: Kolkata’s Pacers Vs Intent-less Punjab
The IPL is full of surprises and memorable moments. Here are my moments of today:
- Shivam Mavi & Prasidh Krishna have been earmarked of representing India. Krishna had a brilliant debut series already. Today, Shivam Mavi’s spell of 4-0-13-1 set the tone for a disciplined KKR bowling performance. Prasidh Krishna was a touch expensive but three wickets nevertheless. If they keep on contributing, Lockie Ferguson on the bench does not look as bad anymore.
- Sunil Narine’s stocks have been decline over the past couple of seasons. Ever since his action was remodeled, his bowling has been less threatening. Similarly, since oppositions figured Narine’s short-ball weakness and with the departure of Chris Lynn, his X-factor is gone missing. Today, his spell of 4-0-22-2 took the game in KKR’s direction and the bowled to Moises Henriques was the ball of the match.
- In a low scoring match, Punjab sent Kolkata’s openers back. In came Narine, pulled Arshdeep Singh’s delivery only for Ravi Bishnoi to run in and take a superb diving catch. Catch of the tournament so far.
- Captain Eoin Morgan finally comes to the party – After Bishnoi’s catch, KKR felt the jitters with 17/3. With 45 runs (4 single digit scores including a duck) in the previous five matches, Morgan’s calm and counterattacking 47*(40) sealed the game. Biggest positive of the game for KKR. Wonderful support by Tripathi as well – wholehearted cricketer. If Shubman Gill or Nitish Rana can get in form, KKR has all the ingredients to be a dangerous side.
Honorable Mention: Rahul Tripathi’s diving catch, Varun Chakravarthy’s 4-0-24-1, Morgan’s 3 catches, Russell’s run out, Chris Gayle’s direct hit.
Broken Cricket Dream of the Day: Dawid Malan
- Punjab Kings have iterated through Jhye Richardson, Riley Meredith, Chris Gayle, Nicholas Pooran, Moises Henriques, Fabian Allen, and Chris Jordan. None of them (barring Meredith in the BBL) were in-form players coming into the IPL. Except for Dawid Malan. #1 internationally ranked batsman in this format, his exclusion has been surprising. On the flip side, Pooran has scored 28 runs in 5 innings including 3 ducks, with 19 as his best today. Chris Jordan scored 17 ball (30) today, more than Pooran in his 6 games.
- 106, 120, & now 123 (courtesy Chris Jordan). They have also scored 221 & 195, but inconsistency & slow starts from KL Rahul-Mayank Agarwal is not helping. Need to reflect a bit.
IPL 2021 Points Table, Orange Cap, & Purple Cap Leaders
No need to go elsewhere for the Points Table, Orange Cap, & Purple Cap. We will keep updating it in every article!
- Shikhar Dhawan – 259 runs (DC, 4 matches)
- Harshal Patel – 12 wickets (RCB, 4 matches)
|Points||Net Run Rate|
|1. Chennai Super Kings||5||4||1||0||8||+ 1.612|
|2. Delhi Capitals||5||4||1||0||8||+ 0.034|
|2. Royal Challengers Bangalore||5||4||1||0||8||+ 0.096|
|4. Mumbai Indians||5||2||3||0||4||-0.032|
|5. Kolkata Knight Riders||6||2||4||0||4||-0.305|
|6. Punjab Kings||6||2||4||0||4||-0.608|
|7. Rajasthan Royals||5||2||3||0||4||-0.681|
|8. Sunrisers Hyderabad||5||1||4||0||2||-0.18|
Tomorrow is the another double header! The Delhi Capitals take on Royal Challengers Bangalore.
Also, if you have not yet read our IPL Previews, here is a list of all of them! Check them out and share ahead:
- Chennai Super Kings – CSK Preview
- Delhi Capitals – DC Preview
- Kolkata Knight Riders – KKR Preview
- Mumbai Indians – MI Preview
- Punjab Kings – PBKS Preview
- Rajasthan Royals – RR Preview
- Royal Challengers Bangalore – RCB Preview
- Sunrisers Hyderabad – SRH Preview
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