Punjab Kings defied all the odds to clinch their 5th victory in the IPL 2021, by defeating Kolkata Knight Riders by 5 wickets at Dubai International Cricket Stadium.

Punjab Kings who had won the toss invited Kolkata Knight Riders to bat first as the pitched looked unpredictable on the nature of behavior. Knight Riders did feel the pressure as Arshdeep Singh bowled Shubhman Gill in the third over unless Venkatesh Iyer’s orthodox shots and Rahul Tripathi’s sweep shots added 72 runs for the second wicket unless Ravi Bishnoi’s googly got rid of Rahul Tripathi at long-on. Valuable additions of Venkatesh Iyer, Rahul Tripathi, and Nitish Rana took KKR’s scorecard to 165 in 20 overs.

Punjab Kings who were eager to get their 5th win to remain in the race of play-offs embarked their run chase with an attacking game from Mayank Agarwal unless Morgan caught Agarwal on the covers, who had earlier dropped him in the first over.

KL Rahul and Aiden Markram further played some fine shots to get closer to their target before they lost a couple of wickets in 2 overs.

Punjab Kings were in the position from where they are known to lose matches. Punjab Kings fans had to bite their nails after the Third umpire took 8 minutes to give KL Rahul not out in the 19th over when Rahul Tripathi took a sensational forward diving catch over the midwicket.

Despite all the odds and pundits opinion over Punjab Kings record to succumb to pressure in the last over, Shah Rukh Khan’s sailing six over deep midwicket made sure that Punjab Kings keeps their hopes alive in the run to Play-offs.

Punjab Kings has now climbed to 5th position above the Mumbai Indians with 10 points in their bag. Kolkata Knight Riders and Mumbai Indians also resisting to give up with 10 points.

Punjab Kings will now further face Royal Challengers Bangalore on Sunday at Sharjah Cricket Stadium, where Mumbai Indians will be playing with Delhi Capitals on Saturday.

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