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Cricket Highlights, 26 Apr: IPL 2021 (Match 21)

The 21st match of the IPL 2021 between Punjab Kings and Kolkata Knight Riders took place yesterday. Let’s have a look at the article to know about the exciting moments of the game.

IPL 2021 Match 21 (Punjab Kings vs Kolkata Knight Riders)

The two-time IPL champions, Kolkata Knight Riders, finally came out of the losing circle in their sixth match of the tournament. Kolkata Knight Riders defeated Punjab Kings by 5 wickets at the world’s largest cricket stadium in Ahmedabad yesterday.

Punjab openers KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal got off to a good start after losing the toss and opting to bat first. They made an opening partnership of 36 runs. Chris Gayle and Deepak Hooda came to the wickets when Rahul (19) and Agarwal (31) returned to the dressing room. Gayle lost his wicket with a golden duck off Shivam Mavi. Deepak got out for just 1 run. Nicholas Pooran scored 19 runs. Moises Henriques scored 2 runs. Shahrukh Khan was out for 13 runs. Chris Jordan made a light storm at the eleventh hour. He made 30 runs from 18 balls. He took his team to cross the 100 runs mark. In the end, Punjab Kings stopped at 123 runs losing 9 wickets. Prasidh Krishna took the most 3 wickets for Kolkata.

Coming down to chase the target, Nitish Rana (0), Shubman Gill (9), and Sunil Narine (0) returned to the dressing room in the first 3 overs respectively. The team’s score was only 17 then. After a great start in bowling, Punjab started dreaming of holding on to Kolkata. In the fourth wicket partnership, captain Eoin Morgan and Rahul Tripathi brought Kolkata’s innings back into orbit. The duo put on a pair of 66 runs in just 8 overs. Tripathi made 41 off 32 balls before being dismissed in the last ball of the 11th over of the innings. However, in the end, captain Morgan left the field ensuring the victory of the team being unbeaten. He hit 4 fours and 2 sixes and played a great inning of 47 off 40 balls. Besides, Andre Russell scored 10 runs and Dinesh Karthik scored 12 runs. 

Kolkata Knight Riders have moved up to the fifth position in the points table after winning this match and the defeated side, Punjab Kings are sixth in the points table.

Punjab Kings – 123/9 (20.0)
Kolkata Knight Riders – 126/5 (16.4)
Result – Kolkata Knight Riders won by 5 wickets
Player of the Match – Eoin Morgan

IPL 2021 is spreading its color day by day with some decent cricket actions and fans are making money through betting on them. Predict the winners of the matches and place bets on!

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