TATA IPL 2022, Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) vs Punjab Kings (PBKS): On April 1, matches commenced among the teams in the evening. The match took place at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. As per the league stats, the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) played 3rd match of the league. However, Punjab Kings played the 2nd match of the league. Kolkata Knight Riders registered a second win under their name. Unfortunately, Punjab Kings (PBKS) lost the match out of the two games they played.
KKR Vs PBKS: Toss Role
From the beginning of the league, the toss played a vital role for the teams. As both, the captains will look to bowl first at the stadium. This is the third league game organized at the iconic Wankhede Stadium. However, batting hasn’t appeared simple over the ground so far.
Further, Shreyas Iyer, captain of Kolkata Knight Riders won the toss and chose to undergo fielding in the initial phase of the match.
Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) Vs Punjab Kings (PBKS): Highlights
Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) have won five of their eight games against Punjab Kings (PBKS) in the Indian Premier League (IPL) since 2018. However, they registered two wins out of their twelve games at the Wankhede Stadium. One of which came against Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 season opener. Punjab Kings (PBKS), on the other hand, registered six wins out of their 14 games at the Wankhede Stadium.
However, Punjab Kings started the league with a great start. The playing eleven of Punjab Kings (PBKS) comprises Mayank Agarwal (captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Liam Livingstone, Bhanuka Rajapaksa (wicket-keeper), Shahrukh Khan, Odean Smith, Raj Bawa, Arshdeep Singh, Kagiso Rabada, Sandeep Sharma, Rahul Chahar.
As for Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), the playing eleven of Kolkata Knight Riders comprises Ajinkya Rahane, Venkatesh Iyer, Nitish Rana, Shreyas Iyer (captain), Sam Billings, Sheldon Jackson (wicket-keeper), Andre Russell/ Nabi/Karunaratne, Sunil Narine, Tim Southee, Umesh Yadav, Varun Chakravarthy.
The match begins with a batting of Punjab Kings, where the team lost their Captain wicket early in the match. However, Umesh’s 50th wicket in the powerplay in his Indian Premier League (IPL) career. Further, In the three overs, PBKS lost 1 wicket at 21 runs. While 10 overs were left in the league, PBKS made 84 runs at the loss of 5 wickets. Umesh Yadav took a whole roll in the league match. At the end of PBKS batting, they made 137 runs by losing 10 wickets at 18.2 overs.
Further, Kolkata Knight Riders came on the field for the batting. In the first over, KKR made 8 runs. The team started the match with a kick. However, in the second over, KKR lost their first wicket. In the 5th over of the match, KKR lost two wickets at 38 runs. As the overs passed, KKR made it through the match and won the match by scoring 141 runs at the loss of 4 wickets in 14.3 overs.
In the match, Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) Vs Punjab Kings (PBKS), KKR registered their second win of the league. KKR won the match by 6 wickets with 33 spare balls. Unfortunately, PBKS lost their second match. Let’s see how these teams perform in further league matches.