KKR vs PBKS, IPL 2023 Highlights: Shikhar Dhawan, the captain of Punjab Kings, won the coin toss and chose to bat first at the Eden Gardens stadium. During the powerplay, they managed to score 58 runs but lost Prabhsimran Singh, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, and Liam Livingstone in that duration. Dhawan then stabilized the innings for Punjab by partnering with Jitesh Sharma, contributing 53 runs for the third wicket. Dhawan played a knock of 57 runs off 47 deliveries before being dismissed by Nitish Rana, the captain of KKR. PBKS faced difficulties in gaining momentum until the final two overs when Shahrukh Khan and Harpreet Brar provided a significant boost. During those two overs, they scored 36 runs, with 21 runs coming off the last over, allowing Punjab Kings to reach a total of 179/7. Shahrukh remained unbeaten on 21 off 8 balls, while Brar scored 17 off 9 deliveries.
In response, KKR struggled to build substantial momentum during the powerplay, resulting in a situation where they needed more than 50 runs to win in the last five overs. However, Andre Russell completely changed the scenario by hitting three sixes in the 19th over. Suddenly, KKR only required six runs to win off the final over, but Arshdeep Singh ensured a thrilling finish with the match coming down to the last ball. Rinku Singh struck a boundary off that ball, securing a victory for KKR.