KKR are playing PBKS at the Wankhede stadium in their third game of this IPL season. Kolkata skipper Shreyas Iyer won the toss and opted to bowl first citing the due in the second innings as the reason behind it. It was Bhanuka Rajapaksa, who gave them a great start inside the powerplay and some of his shots were breathtaking and brilliant to see.
Punjab had a bad start as they lost skipper Mayank Agarwal in the very first over of the game. He was dismissed by Umesh Yadav who found him plumb in front of the wicket. This brought Bhanuka Rajapaksa onto the crease. He played a cameo scoring 321 off 9 balls and took a special liking to Shivam Mavi who was drafted into the side for tonight’s match.
Rajapaksa first hit the pacer for a four down the leg side. The southpaw then smacked him for the first six over mid-on. The second six was even more special as he hoicked him for a six on the leg side. The third six was hit over deep mid-wicket as the left-hander showcased some great batting skills all across the ground.
However, Mavi came back hard on the fifth delivery of the over and dismissed Rajapaksa who tried to hit him over mid-off but found Tim Southee at the end of the 30-yard circle. That brought his cameo to an end much to the relief of the KKR fans and the players.
KKR have had the wood over Punjab Kings in the IPL. Out of the 29 games played between both sides, KKR have won 19 while Punjab 10. Both franchises have built a strong squad in the mega auction and the power of Punjab was on show in their very first game.
Punjab Kings : Mayank Agarwal(c), Shikhar Dhawan, Liam Livingstone, Bhanuka Rajapaksa(w), Shahrukh Khan, Odean Smith, Raj Bawa, Arshdeep Singh, Harpreet Brar, Kagiso Rabada, Rahul Chahar
Kolkata Knight Riders : Ajinkya Rahane, Venkatesh Iyer, Nitish Rana, Shreyas Iyer(c), Sam Billings(w), Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Tim Southee, Umesh Yadav, Shivam Mavi, Varun Chakravarthy