The Punjab Kings did not have a good start. For the first time, the IPL has come to the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad. Punjab made a slow start to adapt to the new venue. The team has increased their danger. Runs were not increased in the power play, they lost regular wickets to take the pressure to score later.
Mayank Agarwal still held one edge. The opener was hoping to take the storm after building a foundation with Nicholas Puran. But for the Kolkata Knight Riders, Sunil Narine did not let this pair become a cause of danger. Agarwal is out when you try to open your hand a little.
Narine’s stingy bowling match is in the hands of Kolkata. The team that played Shakib Al Hasan in the first few matches has now found confidence in Narine. The way Narain bowled today made it a little difficult for Shakib to return to the team. Punjab scored only 123 runs for the loss of 9 wickets despite playing full 20 overs in Narine’s Kiptemi today.
Mavi got 3 wickets.
Mavi got 3 wickets. Photo: IPL
In Shakib’s last match so far this season, Kolkata captain Eoin Morgan said the Bangladeshi all-rounder could not live up to the expectations he had been playing with. Now Kolkata has given the responsibility to the converted all-rounder Narine. Even though he has not been able to do anything in batting till now, Narine is fading Shakib in bowling. As you did today.
Kolkata pacers got off to a great start. The house boy had more power than the most expensive fast bowler in the history of IPL. KL Rahul and Agarwal were more comfortable with Pat Cummins. Compared to that, Shivam Mavi had to burn wood to get a run. The pacer gave only 13 runs in 4 overs.
Cummins took the wicket even though he gave more runs. In the very last over of the power play, the opposition captain picked up Rahul. Punjab played a big push in the next over. Chris Gayle has returned with a golden call to Maverick. Another Kolkata pacer also joined the festival shortly after. Famous Krishna picked up Deepak Huda in the eighth over.
Mavi has put pressure on Punjab with stingy bowling.
Mavi has put pressure on Punjab by stingy bowling. Photo: IPL
Punjab’s run was then 42. The run rate has dropped below six. Mayank was still busy handling the team’s wickets rather than speeding up the run. But there was no profit. Kolkata’s two spinners did not give him a chance. Narain on the one hand, and Varun Chakraborty on the other, held the match in such a way that almost 10 overs were crossed in fifty overs.
Agarwal went to chase Narain to get rid of the pressure. But not understanding the ball, he gave up the catch. The last innings of 31 runs from 34 balls. Narine also picked up Moises Henriques in the next over. After a while, Varun returned Puran too (19 off 19 balls). Narine’s spell ended with 2 wickets for 22 runs. Meanwhile, Varun took 1 wicket for 24 runs.
After losing 6 wickets for 69 runs, Kolkata was bowled out for 100 by Chris Jordan. Shah Rukh Khan (13) returned the team with 95 runs despite giving hope to Narine by hitting a six. However, Jordan raised the run rate of the team above six by scoring 30 runs from 18 balls. Krishna has returned both of them.
This fast bowler got 3 wickets for 30 runs. And today Cummins, who donated ৫০ 50,000 to the Prime Minister’s Fund, got 2 wickets for 31 runs. Cummins was a little generous today in terms of run costs. Cummins is the only Kolkata bowler to give more than 10 runs per over.