Kolkata XI vs Punjab XI 45th Match at Bengaluru, 01 Oct, 2021

Toss: Punjab, who chose to bowl
Kolkata XI 165/7 (20)
Punjab XI 168/5 (19.3)
Punjab Kings won by 5 wickets
Man of the Match: Lokesh Rahul
  • Shahrukh Khan 22 * (9)
  • Fabian Allen 0 * (0)

Over 16.4  Shivam Mavi bowls it short of length to Shahrukh Khan, 2 runs, rock back in the crease and cuts it nicely through backward point and gets two

Over 16.5  Shivam Mavi bowls it short of length to Shahrukh Khan,Six! Goes deep inside the crease and pulls it flat to deep backward square. It's going over Iyer who's right at the edge of the rope as he sticks out one hand overhead. Takes it. Then tosses it up as he falls over the boundary

Over 16.6  Shivam Mavi bowls a good length delivery to Shahrukh Khan, no run, gets back in the crease and punched to backward point

Over 17.2 Tim Southee bowls it short of length to Shahrukh Khan,1 run, shuffles across on the back foot and pulls out to long leg

Over 17.4 Tim Southee bowls a pitched up delivery to Shahrukh Khan, Boundary! Comes on to the front foot and slaps it extremely hard through the covers. Sweeper there is quite square, and the ball is travelling like a rocket

Over 17.5 Tim Southee bowls a half volley to Shahrukh Khan,1 run, gets back in the crease and steers it to point.

Over 18.3  Shivam Mavi bowls it short of length to Lokesh Rahul, no run, shuffles across on the back foot and pulls it flat to the deep where Tripathi comes charging in from the midwicket boundary.

Over 18.5  Shivam Mavi bowls a yorker right into the blockhole to Shahrukh Khan,1 run, stays deep inside the crease and squeezed down to long-on

Over 19.1 Venkatesh Iyer bowls a good length delivery to Shahrukh Khan,1 run, get a toe-end as he swings off his feet. Rolls to short third

Over 19.2 Venkatesh Iyer bowls a pitched up delivery to Lokesh Rahul, out Caught by Shivam Mavi!! 

Over 19.3 Venkatesh Iyer bowls a good length delivery to Shahrukh Khan,Six!  Stand tall and heaves this away! It's a chance for deep midwicket. But the fielder drops it and tips it over the ropes

Punjab Kings won by 5 wickets

Eoin Morgan (KKR): Initially we didn't field that well, we put catches down, myself early and other guys, it has cost us. When the game gets that tight towards the end, extra few wickets down would have helped us. Equally I thought we fought hard, batted really well and probably had a par score. Not a winning score on that wicket but thought the bowlers did a good job. Kings played well and then we fought back, catches have cost us. I thought in real time it was out (referring to the Rahul catch in the 19th over). Obviously when you slow things down and analyse it that the third umpire thought otherwise and his decision is made, that's final and we need to get on with it. But it would have been nice if we had got that wicket. I think everyone that went out there found it difficult to get going initially, it was not an easy wicket to start on. But after having a strong 13-14 overs we didn't capitalize on that platform. Yeah, he (Venkatesh Iyer) is (some player), He's a real find for us, has been with us the whole campaign and we have watched him in practice, above all his attitude is fantastic for a guy that plays fearlessly as he does with t he bat. He takes a lot of responsibility with the ball, Dre Russ leaves a huge gap in the allrounder position for us but to have someone come in and contribute is really outstanding. We have played some great cricket in the second half and have some positives to take away from tonight as well. Two more games to go, we will fight hard and hopefully get a couple of good results and be in the playoffs.

Lokesh Rahul (PBKS): I'll take the two points (heaves a huge sigh). We played it smartly. Realised it was a decent wicket and can't experiment too much. Went slightly defensive with the ball. Wasn't much spin. Wanted to make the batters hit to the bigger side. With the bat also we've given clear roles to players. Obviously want to finish games. Weather's not been too kind coming straight from England. Win will give us confidence and hopefully we'll build on it. These are things that kill me as a captain. Don't want to leave out the Indian boys. With a heavy heart had to leave Harpreet out. Had to see what would be our best XI with Chris leaving the bubble. Shahrukh has been batting brilliantly in the nets. Saw how strong he is in the first phase. He's asking a lot of questions and wanting to finish games. Today he played proper cricket shots, got a few boundaries and we all know he can hit the ball a long way. He can finish games, has done it for Tamil Nadu. Often times we've put too much pressure on ourselves. Everybody knows we are a far better team. Putting too much pressure on ourselves is not helping. Message has been to give our best. Every game we've fought till the end.

Lokesh Rahul is the Man of the Match.