Mumbai IndiansMI 14 7 7 0
Chennai Super KingsCSK 14 9 5 0
Royal Challengers BangaloreRCB 14 9 5 0
Delhi CapitalsDC 14 10 4 0
Punjab KingsPK 14 6 8 0


Player Innings Runs
Virat Kohli 191 6076
Shikhar Dhawan 183 5577
Suresh Raina 195 5491
Rohit Sharma 202 5480
David Warner 148 5447

IPL 2021: Match 21, PBKS vs KKR – Who Won?

IPL 2021, Match 21, KKR vs. PBKS, was played at Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad. KKR won the toss and elected to field first on a fresh pitch. PBKS had a sedate start but lost KL Rahul for 19 runs, and after that, it was all downhill. The wickets started tumbling in quick succession, and they managed to put up only 123/9. Although KKR were rocked early, losing both their openers cheaply, Tripathi and Morgan took control of the chase. Together, they helped KKR cross the finish line in 16.4 overs, ending their 4-match losing streak. 

PBKS Innings

PBKS entered the match against KKR with complete confidence after beating MI by 9 wickets in their last encounter. After being sent in to bat by KKR, the openers took a conservative approach and scored just 37 runs in the powerplay. KL Rahul was getting set but was removed by Pat Cummins after a mistimed shot went straight into Narine’s hands. Soon, Gayle was sent back to the pavilion by Mavi after a DRS reversal. Then, it was just one-way traffic as the wickets began tumbling one after the other. Thanks to Chris Jordan’s late cameo of 30 runs from 18 balls, PBKS reached a below-par score of 123. Prasidh Krishna was the main wicket-taker with bowling figures of 3/30

1st Innings Stats

PBKS: 123/9 (20 Overs)

Best Batting:

M Agarwal: 31 (34)

C Jordan: 30 (18)

N Pooran: 19(19)

Best Bowling:

Prasidh Krishna: 3/24

S Narine: 2/22

Pat Cummins: 2/31

KKR Innings

KKR just had a run-a-ball chase of 124 from 120 legal deliveries. But PBKS came hard and had KKR down at 17/3, making the dugout extremely nervous. Rana, Gill, and Narine were sent back to the pavilion for scores of 0, 9, and 0 respectively. PBKS player Ravi Bishnoi took an absolute blinder of a catch at the boundary line that dismissed Narine for a duck off the bowling of Arshdeep Singh. The match got exciting, with both teams looking nervous after 3 overs. But Tripathi and Morgan knit a 50-run partnership and took KKR home. 

Tripathi scored a crucial 42 runs from 32 balls before getting dismissed off the bowling of Hooda. Then, there was an unnecessary run out of Russel, and the score became 102/5.

Finally, Morgan and DK finished the match in 16.4 overs with a couple of boundaries. KKR breathed a sigh of relief after the win and broke the 4-match losing streak. PBKS fought hard, but 123 was not a defendable score unless the other team played very badly.

2nd Innings Stats: 

KKR: 139/4 (19.4 Overs)

Best Batting:

E Morgan: 47 (40)

R Tripathi: 41 (32)

D Karthik: 12(6)

Best Bowling:

M Henriques: 1/5

M Shami: 1/25

Final Match Result KKR won by 5 wickets 

Man of the match: Eoin Morgan 

IPL 2021-Match 21 was a crucial match for both KKR and PBKS. The toss made a difference as the pitch got better in the second innings. PBKS posted an ordinary total of 123, which gets chased 9 out of 10 times in T-20. KKR needed this win badly as they had lost 4 previous matches on the trot. PBKS made it interesting by picking up 3 early wickets, but KKR held on to their game and finished the job well.

Reference Link:

  1. https://www.espncricinfo.com/series/ipl-2021-1249214/punjab-kings-vs-kolkata-knight-riders-21st-match-1254078/full-scorecard
  2. https://www.firstpost.com/firstcricket/sports-news/highlights-pbks-vs-kkr-ipl-2021-match-21-full-cricket-score-morgans-unbeaten-47-guides-kolkata-to-five-wicket-win-9567371.html
  3. https://sportstar.thehindu.com/cricket/ipl/ipl-news/pbks-vs-kkr-punjab-kings-vs-kolkata-knight-riders-ipl-2021-live-score-streaming/article34413540.ece

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