Chasing 166, Mayank Agarwal, who was dropped by Eoin Morgan when on 0, got off to a brisk start with three fours and two maximums. KL Rahul, on the other end, played the role of a second fiddle but batted at less than run-a-ball. PBKS ended the powerplay at 46 without losing any wicket.
While Agarwal batted in a free-flowing manner, the Punjab skipper struggled for boundaries. Agarwal got out to Varun Chakaravarthy for 40 off 27, with Morgan not making the a mistake this time. Chakaravarthy also got the better of Nicholas Pooran right after conceding a six to the left-hander.
Rahul played a few more shots, upping his strike rate over 100 as he brought up his fifty, off 43 balls, and PBKS needed him to carry on and see the chase off. But, wickets fell at the other end – Aiden Markram smoked Sunil Narine for a gigantic six, but fell to him on the next delivery; Deepak Hooda holed out in the deep off Shivam Mavi.
Shahrukh Khan was aggressive from the onset and harrumphed a six and a four to bring the equation down to 15 off 12. Rahul hit a four each on the first and last ball of the 19th over, bowled by Mavi. With 4 needed off the 5 balls, Rahul fell to Venkatesh Iyer, after scoring 67 off 55 balls. Shahrukh, however, struck a maximum to seal the game for Punjab.
Earlier, after being asked to bat first by Punjab skipper KL Rahul, KKR opener Venkatesh Iyer started the innings with boundaries on the first and last ball of the first over, bowled by Fabian Allen. Shubman Gill stroked a boundary to Mohammed Shami before being castled by Arshdeep Singh in the third over.
Iyer, though, continued with his attacking intent to finish the powerplay at 48/1. Rahul Tripathi joined in the action and hit the first six of the innings off Allen. Both the batters continued to score boundaries to take KKR to 88 at the 11-over mar before Ravi Bishnoi accounted for Tripathi for 34 off 26.
Iyer, meanwhile, brought up his second IPL fifty and took down Allen with a maximum while continuing to attack the PBKS pacers. He was caught in the deep for 67 off 49 balls to the bowling of Bishnoi. Shami then trapped Eoin Morgan with a full ball.
Nitish Rana unleashed his array of shots, whacking two sixes and two fours, before being dismissed by Arshdeep for 31 off 81 balls. Debutant Tim Seifert was run out for 2 by Shami. Arshdeep completed this three-wicket haul with Dinesh Karthik’s wicket on the last ball of the innings, halting KKR’s total at 165.