Shikhar Dhawan
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Last Update on: April 1st, 2023 at 10:21 pm

Punjab Kings will be happy with the big win over Kolkata Knight Riders in their opening match of the tournament. The Shikhar Dhawan-led side had a great outing on the field with all their players contributing to what was an excellent team win.

Batting first, Punjab got off to a fiery start with Prabhsimran Singh going all in smashing 23 runs before being dismissed in the final delivery of the 2nd over. From there it was Punjab who build a great platform for their innings with skipper Shikhar Dhawan and Bhanuka Rajapaksa putting up an 86-run stand for the 2nd wicket within the next 8 overs.

While Kolkata did manage to pull some wickets back in the middle overs, some great finishing touches from Sam Curran, Sikandar Raza and Shahrukh Khan saw PBKS put up 191 on the board.

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Punjab started the party early in the 2nd innings as Shikhar Dhawan was right on top of the game rotating his bowlers as the visitors were reduced to fifty off runs at the loss of 3 wickets. Kolkata’s new skipper Nitish Rana tried to parry the onslaught but fell victim to the onslaught from Sikandar Raza. Last season’s hero Rinku Singh was sent back before he could make any sort of impact.

Andree Russell tried to take the game in deep and finish the game for his side but ultimately his dismissal saw Punjab get into the game. With rain playing spoilers, it was Punjab who won the game by 7 runs via DLS.

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Good Thing We Have A Plenty Of Bowlers In Our Side: Shikhar Dhawan

Skipper Shikhar Dhawan seemed very happy with the performance produced. During the post-match presentation, he praised all the players from his side for exceptional performance.

“It’s a great feeling to start the tournament with a win, we’ll try to take the momentum in the next game and carry that confidence ahead. According to the situation I used those bowlers, good thing we have got plenty of bowlers in the side. I knew Raza was going to be handy against the left-handers, so he gave us three quality overs. Also have experienced bowlers like Sam Curran and Arshdeep in the side.”

“Wanted to be aggressive and at the same time smart. Was trying to hold one end, and if I got out, someone else would do that. They are youngsters and they are learning. We all are living our dream and we should be happy about it. As a leader I make sure the team stays relaxed and in a happy state of mind.”

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