KKR vs PBKS highlights IPL 2023: Rinku Singh’s yet another last ball finish secured win for KKR

KKR vs PBKS highlights IPL 2023: IPL 2023 match number 53 was something that KKR fans had been waiting for a long time as the home team managed to secure the win in the last ball of the match against Punjab Kings. KKR didn’t win a single home game in their last 3 matches, but fans at last saw their team ending on the winning side at Eden Gardens, Kolkata. Andre Russell and KKR’s captain Nitish Rana’s innings turned the match in KKR’s favor, and the wonder boy of KKR with his last ball finish did it again for his team. This was KKR’s 5th win in the TATA IPL 2023.

KKR vs PBKS highlights IPL 2023: Playing XI of both teams

Kolkata Knight Riders: Home team KKR has a change as Suyash Sharma was part of the playing XI but later got substituted for Jason Roy when their team came to chase the target.

Kolkata Knight Riders’ Playing XI:: Rahmanullah Gurbaz(w), Venkatesh Iyer, Nitish Rana(c), Rinku Singh, Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Shardul Thakur, Vaibhav Arora, Harshit Rana, Suyash Sharma, Varun Chakaravarthy

Impact Player: Jason Roy

Punjab Kings: Punjab Kings had no big changes apart from Matthew Short and Bhanuka Rajapaksa, who last played a match for his team on April 13, 2023.

Punjab Kings Playing XI: Prabhsimran Singh, Shikhar Dhawan(c), Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Liam Livingstone, Jitesh Sharma(w), Sam Curran, Shahrukh Khan, Harpreet Brar, Rishi Dhawan, Rahul Chahar, Arshdeep Singh

Impact Player: Nathan Ellis

KKR vs PBKS highlights IPL 2023: Punjab Kings early dismissals.

KKR vs PBKS highlights IPL 2023: Punjab Kings won the toss and elected to bat first at Eden Gardens. The usual opening duo of Shikhar Dhawan (left-handed) and Prabhsimran Singh (right-handed) opened the innings for their team. After hitting four fours in the first over, Prabhsimran Singh, while trying to score another boundary, got out in the second over of their innings. His wicket was taken by Harshit Rana. Bhanuka Rajapaksa, who was included in the playing XI, failed to open his account as Harshit Rana got his wicket in the second over of his spell.

Liam Livingstone entered the crease and started in his fashion of scoring boundaries. He was playing well and looking lethal until Varun Chakaravarthy took his wicket in the first over of his spell. When Liam Livingstone departed, the Punjab Kings were 53/3. The right-handed batter, Jitesh Sharma, now joined hands with his captain, and the duo started accelerating the scoreboard.

KKR vs PBKS highlights IPL 2023: Jitesh Sharma got out while trying to guide the ball to the third man in the over of Varun Chakaravarthy, while Shikhar Dhawan managed to score his third IPL fifty this season and gave his wicket to the opponent captain Nitish Rana. Later, Shahrukh Khan and Harpreet Brar cameoed and took the Punjab Kings to a fighting total of 179 runs.

KKR vs PBKS highlights IPL 2023: KKR came to chase 180 runs in 20 overs

KKR vs PBKS highlights IPL 2023: Kolkata Knight Riders entered the crease to chase 180 runs with their openers Rahmanullah Gurbaz and Jason Roy (Impact Player), and the duo started well but weren’t able to continue the good work as Rahmanullah Gurbaz, after making 15 runs, got out in the over of Nathan Ellis. Now, KKR’s captain, Nitish Rana, came to the crease.

Jason Roy and Nitish Rana started decreasing the chase gap, but while trying to hit Harpreet Brar for a six, Jason Roy loafed the ball high and got caught at deep square leg. The centurion of KKR’s team, Venkatesh Iyer, entered the crease to support his captain, who was playing well on the other end, but his innings lasted just 13 balls in which he managed to score 11 runs.

The big man, Andre Russell, took the charge, while Nitish Rana completed his fifty, but after completing his fifty, while trying to play a switch hit, the ball took the toe of the bat and soared high, which was caught by Liam Livingstone. Now the wonder boy of KKR, Rinku Singh, entered the crease, and the duo accelerated the run chase.

In the second last over of the match, when Sam Curran got the ball to bowl, KKR still needed 25 runs to win the match, and that’s where Russell started muscling the balls out of the park. He hit Sam Curran for 3 sixes in the over, and in the last over, KKR required 6 runs in the over, and Rinku Singh finished the match in the last ball of the match.

KKR vs PBKS highlights IPL 2023: The last over by Arshdeep Singh

In the last over of the match, Kolkata Knight Riders required 6 runs, and Arshdeep Singh got his hands on the ball. The responsibility to save just 6 runs in the last ball when big players like Andre Russell and math winners like Rinku Singh were in front is no easy task, but Arshdeep Singh managed to take the match till the final ball, in which KKR needed 2 runs to secure the victory. Arshdeep, while trying to ball another yorker, missed his length, and Rinku Singh capitalized on that and hit it for a four, winning the match for his team.

KKR vs PBKS highlights IPL 2023: Post Match

Both teams displayed a great performance, but the one that was a little better managed to win the match. The Purple Army secured their 5th win in the IPL 2023 and reached the 5th position on the points table, while the Punjab Kings are in the 7th position now.

“Yes I was waiting for pace. Ball was gripping. Once we needed 20 off 2, it was very gettable. We always knew we had the advantage and happy that we got over the line.”

“I get goosebumps seeing him and what he is doing. It’s not just me. He has been here for years and he has so much more to give. Very disciplined guy and a very funny guy. You can’t have a dull moment with him. We’re good friends.”

Andre Russell Post-match
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