Eoin Morgan captain of Kolkata Knight Riders plays a shot during match 21 of the Vivo Indian Premier League 2021 between the Punjab Kings and the Kolkata Knight Riders held at the Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad on the 26th April 2021.
Eoin Morgan captain of Kolkata Knight Riders plays a shot during match 21 of the Vivo Indian Premier League 2021 between the Punjab Kings and the Kolkata Knight Riders held at the Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad on the 26th April 2021.
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Match Details

Venue: Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad

Toss: KKR elect to bowl first

Points Table Standings: PBKS 5th (4 points) | KKR 8th (2 points)

Head-to-Head: 27 matches - KKR 18 | PBKS 9

Pitch Report

The rechristened stadium consists of both red and black soil pitches, with the latter offering variable bounce. India and England in the recent T20I series managed to score 160+ runs consistently. So expect the pitch to be sporting with something available for batsmen as well as bowlers.

Par score: 175

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Playing XI

Punjab Kings: KL Rahul (C&WK), M Agarwal, C Gayle, N Pooran, D Hooda, Shahrukh Khan, M Henriques, R Bishnoi, M Shami, C Jordan, A Singh

Kolkata Knight Riders: S Gill, N Rana, R Tripathi, E Morgan (C), S Narine, D Karthik (WK), A Russell, P Cummins, S Mavi, V Chakaravarthy, P Krishna

We have the opportunity to turn that around. Little bit of momentum and confidence can make the difference.
KKR Captain Eoin Morgan after fielding an unchanged 11 for today's game
It's a new ground. I hope the country can fight back from this situation, but we have to do what we have to do. The last win gave us a lot of confidence and that me and Chris could stay till the end. Gayle keeps things light in the dressing room.
KL Rahul, Punjab Kings captain

The Match Begins!

KL Rahul to face Shivam Mavi. Mayank Agarwal at the non-striker's end

END OF OVER 1: PBKS 2/0

Cummins to bowl Over 2

1.1 - SIX!

Top edge by Mayank goes for MAXIMUM! Fat edge that on his bat. Cummins looks surprised.

1.6 - FOUR!

KL Rahul cuts it through the backward point region to finish off a good over.

END OF OVER 2: PBKS 14/0

KL Rahul 5 (7)

Mayank Agarwal 8 (5)

Pat Cummins 1-0-12-0

Shivam Mavi 1-0-2-0

Mavi to continue

2.1 - FOUR!

A GORGEOUS frontfoot cover drive by Mayank Agarwal

END OF OVER 3: PBKS 20/0

Spin introduced in 4th Over. Narine to bowl at KL Rahul

Mayank Agarwal 12 (10)

KL Rahul 6 (8)

Shivam Mavi 2-0-7-0

Pat Cummins 1-0-12-0

3.1 - FOUR!

Short and wide and Rahul plays it in the gap between Cover and Point for a boundary

END OF OVER 4: PBKS 27/0

Mavi to bowl his third over

KL Rahul 12 (13)

Mayank Agarwal 13 (11)

Sunil Narine 1-0-7-0

Shivam Mavi 2-0-7-0

END OF OVER 5: PBKS 29/0

Just 2 runs from Mavi's 3rd over. Cummins to bowl final over of the powerplay.

5.3 - SIX!

Unlucky Pat Cummins. Top edge for maximum once again!

5.4 - WICKET!

Another miscued shot straight in the air at Sunil Narine takes the catch at extra cover.

KL Rahul c Narine b Cummins 19 (20b 2x4 1x6) SR: 95

END OF POWERPLAY

END OF OVER 6: PBKS: 37/1

Mayank Agarwal 16 (16) | Chris Gayle 0 (0)

Pat Cummins 2-0-20-1 | Shivam Mavi 3-0-9-0

Shivam Mavi to bowl his fourth and final over

6.3 - WICKET!

Chris Gayle departs! The Universe Boss is out for a black hole (golden duck)!

Chris Gayle c †Karthik b Shivam Mavi 0 (1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0

END OF OVER 7: PBKS 41/2

End of a brilliant spell by Mavi! Prasidh Krishna will bowl Over 8

Mayank Agarwal 18 (19) | Deepak Hooda 1 (2)

Shivam Mavi 4-0-13-1 | Pat Cummins 2-0-20-1

7.4 - WICKET!

Eoin Morgan takes a sharp low catch at backward point and Hooda departs. KKR starting to dominate and Punjab Kings starring at another poor show with the bat.

Deepak Hooda c Morgan b Prasidh Krishna 1 (4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 25

END OF OVER 8: PBKS 44/3

Russell comes into the attack

END OF OVER 9: PBKS 46/3

Just 2 runs from the Russell over. Punjab Kings in a bit of a mess here. Prasidh Krishna to bowl Over 10.

Mayank Agarwal 20 (25) | Nicholas Pooran 2 (4)

Andre Russell 1-0-1-0 | Prasidh Krishna 1-0-3-1

9.5 - SIX!

Much-needed for Punjab Kings. Mayank Agarwal slams it over cow corner on the backfoot

END OF OVER 10: PBKS 56/3

10 runs from the over. Varun replaces Russell

Mayank Agarwal 28 (29) | Nicholas Pooran 3 (6)

Prasidh Krishna 2-0-13-1 | Andre Russell 1-0-1-0

Projected score:  145

END OF OVER 11: PBKS 60/3

Just 4 singles from the 11th Over. Narine comes back into the attack

Mayank Agarwal 31 (32) | Nicholas Pooran 5 (9)

Varun Chakravarthy 1-0-4-0 | Prasidh Krishna 2-0-13-1

11.2 - WICKET!

Tripathi runs it and drops … no, he holds on to it in second attempt. Great catch in the end at deep midwicket!

Mayank Agarwal c Tripathi b Narine 31 (34b 1x4 2x6) SR: 91.17

END OF OVER 12: PBKS 63/4

Varun to bowl his 2nd Over

Nicholas Pooran 7 (12) | Moises Henriques1 (1)

Sunil Narine 2-0-10-1 | Varun Chakravarthy 1-0-4-0

12.3 - SIX!

Pooran hits it over long on for six! His first of the season

12.4 - FOUR!

Pooran smashes it over the bowlers head for a stright boundary. Punjab Kings trying to get a move on here!

END OF OVER 13: PBKS 75/4

Narine to bowl 14th Over. Moises on strike

13.1 - WICKET!

Big gap between bat and pad and Narine removes the dangerman

Moises Henriques b Narine 2 (3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 66.66

END OF OVER 14: PBKS 78/6

Varun to continue bowling his third over

Shahrukh Khan2 (4) | Nicholas Pooran19 (18)

Sunil Narine3-0-13-2 | Varun Chakravarthy2-0-16-0

14.2 - WICKET!

You Miss I Hit! Varun castles Pooran as he tries to sweep him on the leg side!

Nicholas Pooran b Varun 19 (19b 1x4 1x6) SR: 100

END OF OVER 15: PBKS: 82/6

Just 4 runs and a wicket from the over. Narine to bowl 16th Over

15.3 - SIX!

Full and flighted around off and SRK smokes it over deep midwicket!

END OF OVER 16: PBKS: 91/6

Varun to bowl his final over

END OF OVER 17: PBKS: 95/6

Prasidh Krishna comes back into the attack

Chris Jordan 6 (9) | Shahrukh Khan 13 (12)

Varun Chakravarthy 4-0-24-1 | Sunil Narine 4-0-22-2

17.2 - WICKET!

Big Blow for Punjab Kings. M Shahrukh Khan tries to smash a slower short ball but holes out to Morgan at Cover.

Shahrukh Khan c Morgan b Prasidh Krishna 13 (14b 0x4 1x6) SR: 92.85

END OF OVER 18: PBKS: 98/7

Prasidh Krishna finishes off another successful over! Pat Cummins to bowl penultimate over.

Ravi Bishnoi 1 (3) | Chris Jordan 7 (10)

Prasidh Krishna 3-0-16-2 | Varun Chakravarthy 4-0-24-1

18.1 - WICKET!

Bishnoi tries to flick it on the onside but just manages a leading edge.

Ravi Bishnoi c Morgan b Cummins 1 (4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 25

18.2 - FOUR!

Jordan plays a Natarajan shot by lifting his left leg to pull it in the backward square region

18.4 - SIX!

Smocked it over fine leg for maximum! Valuable runs these by Jordan

END OF OVER 19: PBKS 109/8

11 runs and a wicket from penultimate over

Mohammed Shami 0 (1) | Chris Jordan 18 (14)

Pat Cummins3-0-31-2 | Prasidh Krishna3-0-16-2

END OF OVER 20: PBKS 123/9

14 runs and a wicket from the final over.

Jordan cameo has given Punjab bowlers at least something to bowl at

19.4 - WICKET!

Slower one takes out Jordan's off stump

Chris Jordan b Prasidh Krishna 30 (18b 1x4 3x6) SR: 166.66

19.3 - SIX!

This one is smoked over bowler's head. Jordan doing Punjab a favour here

19.1 - SIX!

Jordan plays an upper cut for maximum

Start of 2nd innings

Gill to face Henriques. Rana at non-striker's end

0.1 - FOUR!

What a start by KKR! Henriques drifts down the leg side and Gill makes it count

0.4 - WICKET!

Rana gifts his wicket away on the full toss. Chipped straight to cover

Nitish Rana c Shahrukh Khan b Henriques 0 (1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0

END OF OVER 1: KKR 5/1

Need 119 from 114 balls

Rahul Tripathi 0 (2) | Shubman Gill 5 (3)

Moises Henriques 1-0-5-1 | Shami to bowl 2nd Over

1.3 - FOUR!

Full delivery and Gill flicks it towards square leg boundary

1.5 – WICKET!

Shami strikes for Punjab. A straight delivery hits the pads and umpire makes no delay in lifting his finger up. Both KKR openers back in the dugout

Shubman Gill lbw b Mohammed Shami 9 (8b 2x4 0x6) SR: 112.5

END OF OVER 2: KKR 10/2

Arshdeep Singh to bowl 3rd Over

2.1 - FOUR!

Short ball dispatched for Four by Tripathi

2.6 - WICKET!

Oh! Is that the catch of the season! Bishnoi runs and runs and runs from deep square leg to take a catch at cow corner. That’s the end of Sunil Narine.

Sunil Narine c Ravi Bishnoi b Arshdeep Singh 0 (4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0

END OF OVER 3: KKR 17/3

Arshdeep Singh 1-0-6-1 | Mohammed Shami1-0-5-1 | Moises Henriques 1-0-5-1. Shami to bowl his 2nd Over

3.4 - SIX!

Morgan pulls it over square leg for six

3.6 - FOUR!

Morgan comes down the wicket and lofts it over covers for four. KKR Captain taking the initiative

END OF OVER 4: KKR: 27/3

Arshdeep to bowl 5th Over

END OF OVER 5: KKR 37/3

10 runs from the over. Need 87 from 90 balls. Shami to bowl final over of the powerplay.

Rahul Tripathi 15 (10) | Eoin Morgan 11 (7)

Arshdeep Singh2-0-16-1 | Mohammed Shami2-0-15-1

END OF POWERPLAY

END OF OVER 6: KKR 42/3

Need 82 from 84 balls

Rahul Tripathi15 (13) | Eoin Morgan 16 (10)

Mohammed Shami3-0-20-1 | Arshdeep Singh2-0-16-1

END OF OVER 7: KKR 46/3

Need 78 from 78 balls

END OF OVER 8: KKR 59/3

Need 65 from 72 balls. 13 runs from Jordan's first over

END OF OVER 9: KKR 68/3

Need 56 from 66 balls. Chris Jordan to bowl 10th Over.

Rahul Tripathi 28 (23) | Eoin Morgan 24 (18)

Ravi Bishnoi 2-0-12-0 | Chris Jordan 1-0-9-0

9.3 - FOUR!

Fine touch by Tripathi and ball runs towards third man for a boundary. KKR looking to finish this early

END OF OVER 10: KKR 76/3 

8 runs from the over. KKR need 48 from 60 balls

Rahul Tripathi 36 (29) | Eoin Morgan 24 (18)

Chris Jordan 2-0-17-0 | Ravi Bishnoi 2-0-12-0

10.2 - FOUR!

On the pads and swept away towards fine leg for four!

10.6 - WICKET!

Long on takes a fine catch diving in. Shahrukh Khan shows he can field too. Tripathi departs after playing a good innings.

Rahul Tripathi c Shahrukh Khan b Hooda 41 (32b 7x4 0x6) SR: 128.12

END OF OVER 11: KKR 83/4

Russell is the new man in. Shami comes back into the attack

11.5 - FOUR!

Russell undercuts it for Four!

END OF OVER 12: KKR 88/4

Ravi Bishnoi to bowl Over 13

END OF OVER 13: KKR 91/4

Need 33 from 42 balls. Jordan to bowl Over 14

Andre Russell 5 (6) | Eoin Morgan 29 (27)

Ravi Bishnoi 3-0-15-0 | Mohammed Shami 4-0-25-1

13.4 - FOUR!

Another undercut by Russell. This time it is Jordan

END OF OVER 14: KKR 98/4

Need 26 from 36 balls. Bishnoi to bowl Over 15

Eoin Morgan31 (30) | Andre Russell 10 (9)

Chris Jordan 3-0-24-0 | Ravi Bishnoi 3-0-15-0

14.1 - WICKET!

Russell is runout. There was absolutely no need for such a risky single when required rate is under 5 runs per Over. Dinesh Karthik is the new man in at No. 7.

Andre Russell run out (Arshdeep Singh/†Rahul) 10 (9b 2x4 0x6) SR: 111.11

END OF OVER 15: KKR 102/5

Need 22 from 30 balls. Will we see a collapse or an easy win for KKR from here. Hooda to bowl Over 16

Eoin Morgan34 (34) |Dinesh Karthik1 (2)

Ravi Bishnoi4-0-19-0 | Chris Jordan3-0-24-0

15.4 – FOUR!

Eoin Morgan pulls off a cover drive for four

15.5 - SIX!

Nonchalantly played over long-off this time by Morgan. KKR in touching distance

END OF OVER 16: KKR 115/5

Need 9 from 24 balls. Arshdeep to bowl 17th and possibly final over of this innings

Eoin Morgan 46 (39) | Dinesh Karthik 2 (3)

Deepak Hooda 2-0-20-1| Ravi Bishnoi 4-0-19-0

16.2 - FOUR!

What a straight drive that is. DK wants it finished this Over.

16.4 - FOUR!

A pull shot for four and KKR get back to winning ways in style.

KKR win by 5 wickets and boost their NRR

KKR now sit on the fifth spot on the points table

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