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IPL 2021, Match 45: Pacers, KL Rahul shape Punjab Kings' crucial win- In Pics

Punjab Kings boosted their chances of making the IPL play-offs with a five-wicket win over Kolkata Knight Riders.

PTI Reported by: PTI [ Published on: October 02, 2021 0:06 IST ]
  • Rahul scored 67 runs off 55 balls and shared a 70-run stand with fellow opener Mayank Agarwal (40), knocking off a 166-run target with three balls to spare.
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    Rahul scored 67 runs off 55 balls and shared a 70-run stand with fellow opener Mayank Agarwal (40), knocking off a 166-run target with three balls to spare.

  • Shahrukh produced an impactful 9-ball 22-run knock when it mattered and finished the match with a six.
 
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    Shahrukh produced an impactful 9-ball 22-run knock when it mattered and finished the match with a six.

     

  • Venkatesh Iyer hit a fluent 67 while Nitish Rana produced a fiery 31 off 18 balls before Punjab Kings managed to stop KKR at 165 for seven.
 
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    Venkatesh Iyer hit a fluent 67 while Nitish Rana produced a fiery 31 off 18 balls before Punjab Kings managed to stop KKR at 165 for seven.

     

  • Invited to bat, the in-form KKR batsmen controlled the proceedings for a major part of their innings and had it not been some excellent death over spells by Mohammed Shami (1/23) and Arshdeep Singh (3/32), KKR would have got a bigger score on the board.
 
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    Invited to bat, the in-form KKR batsmen controlled the proceedings for a major part of their innings and had it not been some excellent death over spells by Mohammed Shami (1/23) and Arshdeep Singh (3/32), KKR would have got a bigger score on the board.

     

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Iyer and Rahul Tripathi (34 off 26 balls) raised a 72-run stand, stroking the ball around with ease while Rana's cameo was also crucial for KKR since the run-rate had taken a hit at that time after two quick wickets.
 
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    Iyer and Rahul Tripathi (34 off 26 balls) raised a 72-run stand, stroking the ball around with ease while Rana's cameo was also crucial for KKR since the run-rate had taken a hit at that time after two quick wickets.

     

  • Varun Chakravarthy separated the openers by having Agarwal caught at in extra cover by Eoin Morgan, though it was a fierce shot.
 
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    Varun Chakravarthy separated the openers by having Agarwal caught at in extra cover by Eoin Morgan, though it was a fierce shot.

     

  • The batsmen's positive approach and lack of control over the line by the Punjab pacers meant that run rate kept soaring for KKR. The partnership was finally broken by spinner Ravi Bishnoi, who had Tripathi caught in the deep.
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    The batsmen's positive approach and lack of control over the line by the Punjab pacers meant that run rate kept soaring for KKR. The partnership was finally broken by spinner Ravi Bishnoi, who had Tripathi caught in the deep.