KKR vs PBKS: Brilliant starts from Sunil Narine, Phil Salt take Kolkata Knight Riders to 261/6 after 20 overs.

KKR vs PBKS IPL 2024: Kolkata Knight Riders’ Sunil Narine plays a shot during the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2024 cricket match between Kolkata Knight Riders and Punjab Kings (PTI)


KKR vs PBKS IPL 2024: Kolkata Knight Riders could have scored much higher, but middle-order batsmen failed to take advantage of the good start

KKR vs PBKS IPL 2024: Sunil Narine, the surprise factor introduced by Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in IPL 2024, has continued his great form as he provided his team with another strong start against Punjab Kings (PBKS). Phil Salt and Sunil Narine’s 138-run opening partnership laid a strong foundation for KKR, who finished with another high score of 261/6 after 20 overs. This score could have been much higher, but the middle-order batsmen should have taken advantage of the excellent start.

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Punjab Kings spinner Rahul Chahar hit a four in the 11th over and finally achieved success in the game. The dismissal of Sunil Narine (71) after a brilliant innings was a turning point. Soon, Punjab’s stand-in captain Sam Curran gave his team another important wicket by dismissing Phil Salt (75).

Venkatesh Iyer and Andre Russell showed resilience in stabilizing the KKR innings after two consecutive wickets fell. His cautious play took the team’s score past 200 and then Punjab fast bowler Arshdeep Singh got rid of the biggest threat to his team – he got the wicket of Andre Russell.

KKR captain Shreyas Iyer deliberately came to the crease and hit three sixes and 1 four to reach 28 runs in 10 balls before being dismissed by Arshdeep Singh.


Rinku Singh, who has not been able to showcase his potential yet in IPL 2024, could not do anything special today. Harshal Patel got his wicket in the last over, while Venkatesh Iyer was run out on the last ball of the innings. KKR set a big target of 262 runs for Punjab Kings.

Prabhsimran Singh’s strong start…

Chasing a mammoth target of 262 runs, Punjab Kings openers- Prabhsimran Singh and Jonny Bairstow got off to a blazing start and both hit some early sixes and fours to put pressure on the Kolkata Knight Riders bowlers. Prabhsimran Singh scored 54 runs in just 20 balls with the help of five sixes and 4 fours, but was out in a foolish runout on the last ball of the powerplay.

After the wicket of Prabhsimran Singh, the pace of Punjab Kings’ innings has slowed down and it remains to be seen how they take the innings forward from here.

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