The Punjab Kings (PBKS) were brushed away with the help of the 70 runs off 31 balls made by Russell.
KKR, with 141 runs for the loss of 4 wickets, defeated the PBKS team who managed only 137 runs.
The PBKS and the KKR teams are considered to be two of the most ‘exciting’ teams and they kept up to their reputation by throwing punch after punch in the match played on 1st April 2022.
Though PBKS played a game that was similar to the game played by the KKR team two nights ago, this did not work out for them. They were bowled out for a mere 137 with 10 balls left.
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According to Russell, he nailed only 1 six of the 8 he had hit. Mayank Agarwal got out in the first over. Bhanuka Rajapaksa managed a 31 in 9 balls with some aerial clips but Shiwam Mavi, considered to be a ‘suffering’ bowler managed to get him with a short ball that was aggressive.
Shikhar Dhwan had just started to hit out but Tim Southee got the better of him with off cutter.
Narine, Chakravarthy apply the brakes
Varun Chakravarty and Sunil Narine, bowled over’s 5, 6 and 8 without giving out a single boundary. They gave only 16 runs.
Hurrah of Umesh
Umesh managed Livingstone’s wicket and stopped him from lofting. Raj Bawa was managed by Narine. The PBKS team made the first defensive move at 85 for 5.
Narine and Chakrravarty with 2 tight over’s, managed to tighten the screws.
Debut of Rabada
Rabada enjoyed the pace offered by Southee and managed to take 16 runs in his over. He was unable to lay bat on Chakravarty.
Crash, Bang 2
In the first over, Ajinkya Rahane hit two 4’s. He was out in the next. Venkatesh Iyer, who tried to blast through the cover point, was caught. Shreyas managed 26 off 11and was caught when trying to burst through Chahar. There were 3 dismissals in 15 balls.
Russell prefers batting in the 15th over, when there are only 5 over’s left. Russell played Chahar with ease and was in no hurry. Even after 2 over’s, there was no boundary from Russell. Harpreet was given another over by Agarwal. This is when Russell managed two 6’s. These were the biggest boundary in this over.
There was no choice left for Agarwal but to go for the quick bowlers in the 12th over. He chose Smith and not Rabada. Russell managed to take him apart in the over of 30 runs and dismantled his plan of ‘round-the-wicket’. In the last ball of the over, Sam Billings cashed in a free hit.
There was no ego in Russell and played the final over by Chahar even though the asking rate, now, was under 4 an over. He managed to take the KKR team home in the 15th over. This was done in a royal manner on Livingstone’s bowling with successive sixes.