Every single Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023 game is going right down to the wire. Every single match is being a humdinger and people are absolutely going bonkers. In this IPL 2023 game between Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) and Punjab Kings (PBKS), the match brimmed with a lot of action and excitement at the iconic Eden Gardens, Kolkata.
KKR eventually held their nerve and managed to win the game by 5 wickets. Rinku Singh and Andre Russell forged a match-winning partnership and helped KKR cross the line in this KKR vs PBKS game.
One of the standout characteristics of this game was the electrifying atmosphere at Eden Gardens, Kolkata. Thousands of fans were shouting at the top of their voices and they were behind their local team.
In this article, we take a look at the top 3 talking points from the KKR vs PBKS game which took place in Eden Gardens:
1. KKR jump to the 5th position in the points table
After this win against Punjab, Nitish Rana’s Kolkata side jumped to the 5th position in the points table. They have moved away from the 8th position and have temporarily reached the 5th position.
The two-time IPL winners have to win all their 3 remaining games in order to stand a chance to qualify for the IPL 2023 playoffs.
2. Andre Russell’s fireworks from the bat
KKR’s power-hitter Andre Russell smeared the bowlers all across the park during his fiery innings. He scored 42 runs in just 23 deliveries and the entire crowd at Kolkata went wild. Russell also took a wicket and this made him win the player of the match award.
Russell is scoring runs consistently for fun and he is the backbone of the KKR team.
3. Varun Chakravarthy’s brilliance with the ball continues
Mystery spinner Varun Chakravarthy has been producing some remarkable performances with the white-cherry for Kolkata Knight Riders. He bagged 3 wickets in this game and conceded only 26 runs.
His wickets included Liam Livingstone, Jitesh Sharma and Rishi Dhawan. In the previous game against Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH), Chakravarthy defended just 9 runs off the final over and won the game for KKR.
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