Taking advantage of controversial third umpire decisions, questionable batting calls and some disastrous fielding from their opponents, Punjab Kings (PBKS) squeezed out two critical points to keep their 2021 IPL campaign alive on Friday.
Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) were a team of two halves – half of the side did everything right and the other half even got the basics horribly wrong. They put a decent total of 165 on the board, courtesy of another Venkatesh Iyer brilliance (67 out of 49) and cameos from Rahul Tripathi (34 out of 26) and Nitish Rana (31 out of 18).
In the second innings, Sunil Narine and Varun Chakrvarthy held out against a brilliant hit by KL Rahul and Maynak Agarwal. The KKR spinners brought PBKS to the brink of another narrowing – 129-2 to 162-5 – but the catches of Dinesh Karthik and Tripathi gave the final twist to the story, allowing the Mohali-based franchise to take a five-wicket victory. achieve.
A quick look at the updated IPL 2021 points table
What does this mean for PBKS?
PBKS has a fully inflated life jacket in the form of two points. The win allowed them to fly past the Mumbai Indians (MI) to fifth in the points table – on par with KKR for five wins from 12 games and 10 points.
This means that to reach fourth place, PBKS must win their remaining two league matches – against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) and Chennai Super Kings (CSK) respectively – and hope MI and Rajasthan Royals (RR) don’t. t reach 16 points.
But even if PBKS manage to hit 14 points, they will have to work slightly on their NRR, which is currently at -0.236, to stay ahead of KKR in the event of a tie.
What does this mean for KKR?
Not only did this game crush KKR’s momentum in the UAE, but it also made them dependent on other teams’ failures for their qualifying dreams. KKR, like PBKS, must win their remaining two games to get close to fourth place.
Eoin Morgan’s team has it easier than PBKS in this case as their final opponents are eighth seeded SunRisers Hyderabad (SRH) and seventh seeded Rajasthan Royals (RR) respectively. But given the continued absence of Andre Russell and Lockie Ferguson, they can’t take anything for granted.
KKR will also pray that MI lose at least one of their last three games and then count on their superior NRR of +0.302 to get past all three contenders.
Impact on other teams in the points table
The rise of PBKS pushed MI down one spot on the table, but the defending champions have only played 10 games so far and will consider their chances of winning all three remaining games great. The RR of Sanju Samson, who recently lost heavily to SRH, will be happy with KKR’s defeat as it also keeps them in the top four.