KKR vs PBKS IPL Score: Venkatesh Iyer hits a shot vs PBKS on Friday.© BCCI/IPL
Aiming to post a strong target, Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) are a wicket down against Punjab Kings (PBKS) in Match 45 of the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 season, at the Dubai International Stadium in Dubai on Friday. PBKS captain KL Rahul won the toss and opted to bowl. KKR have been in excellent form in UAE, winning three of their last four games. The Eoin Morgan-led side are currently fourth in the IPL 2021 Points Table with five victories and six losses (10 points). Meanwhile, PBKS are sixth in the standings with four wins and seven defeats (eight points). The last time both these sides faced each other was in Match 21, with KKR winning by five wickets. (LIVE SCORECARD)
IPL 2021 Live Score Updates Between KKR vs PBKS, Straight from Dubai International Stadium, Dubai
FOUR! KKR: 30/1 (4)
A short delivery by Shami, outside off. Tripathi pulls it over mid-on for a four!
A full delivery by Arshdeep, on off. Tripathi hits it to point’s left for a double.
A full delivery by Arshdeep, on off. Gill inside edges it a little bit and it hits the stumps.
Shubman Gill b Arshdeep Singh 7(7)
In walks, Rahul Tripathi.
A short and wide delivery by Shami and Gill cuts it towards cover for a single.
Allen tosses it full, wide of off. Iyer drives it past mid-off for a four!
A full delivery by Allen, on off. Iyer hits it to long-on for a single.
FOUR! Strong start by V Iyer!
Allen tosses it full, on middle. Iyer directs it to deep square for a four in the first ball!
The action begins!
Shubman Gill and Venkatesh Iyer to open for KKR. Fabian Allen to bowl for PBKS.
KKR: Shubman Gill, Venkatesh Iyer, Rahul Tripathi, Nitish Rana, Eoin Morgan (C), Dinesh Karthik (W), Tim Seifert, Sunil Narine, Shivam Mavi, Tim Southee, Varun Chakravarthy
PBKS: KL Rahul(W/C), Mayank Agarwal, Aiden Markram, Nicholas Pooran, Shahrukh Khan, Deepak Hooda, Fabian Allen, Nathan Ellis, Mohammed Shami, Ravi Bishnoi, Arshdeep Singh
PBKS win toss, opt to bowl
PBKS captain KL Rahul has won the toss and opted to bowl vs KKR.
Chris Gayle pulls out of IPL 2021Chris Gayle, who represents PBKS, has pulled out of IPL 2021, citing “bubble fatigue”.
“Over the last few months, I have been a part of the CWI bubble, CPL bubble followed by the IPL bubble, and I wish to mentally recharge and refresh myself,” said Gayle in a statement issued by Punjab Kings.
“I want to refocus on helping the West Indies in the T20 World Cup and would like to take a break in Dubai. My thanks to the Punjab Kings for giving me the time off. My wishes and hopes are with the squad always. All the very best for the games coming up.”
Head coach Anil Kumble said the team respects his decision.
“I’ve played against Chris and have coached him at Punjab Kings and all through the years I’ve known him he has always been an absolute professional and we as a team respect his decision and desire to prepare himself for the T20 World Cup,” said Kumble.
Hello and good evening everyone!
Hello and good evening everyone! Welcome to our live coverage of Friday’s IPL 2021 game between KKR and PBKS in Dubai. Stay tuned for some exciting cricket!
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