Harshit Rana handed Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) a serious head begin by dismissing Punjab Kings’ (PBKS) opening batter Prabhsimran Singh and top-order batsman Bhanuka Rajapaksa in beneath 5 overs in the course of the conflict. Notably, the 2 sides locked horns on the iconic Eden Gardens in Kolkata in match 53 of the continuing IPL 2023 on Monday, Might 8.
Punjab skipper Shikhar Dhawan made the correct name in the course of the toss as he determined to place up a complete. Nevertheless, the house group obtained the breakthroughs swiftly, courtesy Harshit Rana’s spectacular spell. The opening duo of Prabhsimran Singh and skipper Dhawan hit the bottom operating by getting the boundaries, nevertheless, it was within the second over that Harshit drew curtains on the previous’s innings.
Prabhsimran tried to swat a size ball over to the leg aspect however obtained a fragile top-edge, upon which wicketkeeper Rahmanullah Gurbaz took a surprising catch to dismiss him for mere 12 off eight balls. Equally, within the fourth ball of the fourth over, Harshit landed a twin blow to dismiss Rajapaksa.
The KKR pacer bowled a full size ball upon which Rajapaksa obtained a skinny edge and was pouched but once more by Gurbaz. In doing so, the PBKS batter, who made his comeback into the XI, was despatched packing for a three-ball duck.
The 21-year-old pacer has solely featured in two video games to date and claimed a wicket in every of the events in opposition to Sunrisers Hyderabad and Gujarat Titans. KKR and PBKS have performed one another on 31 events within the top-tier league whereby the previous has the large higher hand with 20 wins.
However, Punjab has emerged victorious in 11 matches. The 2-time winners are positioned eighth on the IPL Factors Desk with eight factors, courtesy of 4 wins and a Internet Run Fee (NRR) of -0.103. Contemplating that the enterprise finish of the season is approaching, Nitish Rana and Co. will likely be gunning to win their remaining video games and climb up the ladder to make a spot for the play-offs.