After winning the toss, Shreyas Iyer elected to do the obvious and bowl first. Innings started slow for Punjab Kings as Mayank Agarwal and Shikhar Dhawan (16) both struggled against the pace of Umesh Yadav and Tim Southee. Later, Bhanuka Rajapaksa smashed 31 at a strike rate of 344.44. The Sri Lankan keeper-batsman also hit Shivam Mavi for 22 runs in the fourth over but later the right-arm fast bowler got the better of the situation as he got him out on the fifth delivery. Rabada (25) in the end played a cameo knock to take Punjab Kings to a respectable total of 137-10.
In response, KKR started the chase with a few boundaries from Rahane’s willow but couldn’t hold on to the momentum. Captain Shreyas Iyer (26) also looked in good touch with five boundaries to his name but in the end, miss-timed a shot against Rahul Chahar which led to another wicket. Finally, it was Andre Russell (70) who took the charge of the situation and played with utmost care which is quite unexpected from the muscle man. The Jamaican hit eight 6s and a mere two 4’s in the chase. Sam Billings (24) also played a real anchors inning and maintained run-scoring when wickets were falling from the other end. Russell won the game for KKR with a maximum and helped KKR to bounce back to winning ways with a six-wicket victory at the Wankhede Stadium.
Umesh Yadav had his best bowling figures in the IPL. Umesh finished with four for twenty-three runs, two in the powerplay and two in the middle overs. Tim Southee also picked two as Kolkata bundled out Punjab in 18.2 overs.
For PBKS, Rahul Chahar was the only bowler who looked impressive as he took two wickets for just 13 runs in his four overs.
Kolkata after losing to Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in the previous game bagged another two points and now are the table toppers of the IPL.
Punjab Kings – 137/10, Overs 18.2, Bhanuka Rajapaksa 31, Umesh Yadav 4/23
Kolkata Knight Riders – 141/4, Overs 14.3, Andre Russell 70, Rahul Chahar 2/13