Kolkata vs Punjab: In the 45th match of IPL 2021 being played in Dubai, Kolkata Knight Riders set a target of 166 runs to Punjab Kings. However, at one point it seemed that KKR would easily score 180-190, but in the end overs, the bowlers of Punjab stopped them from making big scores by bowling accurate line lengths.
Kolkata scored 167 for seven in 20 overs thanks to the innings of openers Venkatesh Iyer (49 balls 67 runs), Rahul Tripathi (26 balls 34 runs) and Nitish Rana (18 balls 31 runs). At the same time, young fast bowler Arshdeep Singh took the maximum three wickets for Punjab. Apart from this, leg spinner Ravi Bishnoi got two successes.
Earlier, after losing the toss, going to bat first, the start of Kolkata was not good. Shubman Gill, who was struggling with poor form, was once again out cheaply. He scored seven runs in seven balls with the help of a four. However, after this Venkatesh Iyer and Rahul Tripathi took the lead and put KKR in a strong position.
Iyer scored 67 runs in 49 balls. During this, 9 fours and a six came off his bat. At the same time, Rahul played an innings of 34 runs in 26 balls with the help of three fours and one six. KKR’s second wicket fell in the form of Rahul on the score of 90 in the 12th over. After this, captain Eoin Morgan came to bat.
However, Iyer also returned to the pavilion in no time. After this Morgan once again disappointed everyone. He could score only two runs. Morgan has managed to score only 17 runs in five matches of the second half of IPL 2021. However, Rana scored 31 runs in 18 balls. But Dinesh Karthik 11 and Tim Seifert could only score two runs.