PBKS vs KKR: Match halted for half an hour, players staring at each other, know the reason
As soon as Punjab’s innings was over, the match could not start till about half an hour later, whereas according to the rule, there is only a break of 10 minutes. In fact, in the match between Punjab Kings and Kolkata Knight Riders in IPL 2023, the second innings started at Mohali’s I.S. Delayed at Bindra Stadium. Due to floodlight failure, the players left the ground after waiting for about 15 minutes. At 17:51 local time, play could begin until the floodlights were fully operational. During this, the players had no other option but to wait.
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Batting first after losing the toss, Punjab made a positive start and scored 56 runs for one wicket in the powerplay. Prabhsimran Singh played the first two overs and set a good platform for the team by scoring 23 runs off 12 balls with two fours and as many sixes before being caught behind off Tim Southee (2/54). Umesh Yadav (1 for 27) conceded only one run in the third over of the innings but Rajapaksa leveled the score by hitting Sunil Narine (1 for 40) with two fours and a six. His six on Shardul Thakur (no wicket for 43 runs) after the powerplay was visible.
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KKR skipper Nitish Rana allowed all five of his bowlers to bowl an equal two overs each in the first 10 overs but none except Umesh and spinner Varun Chakravarthy (1 for 26) could check the run flow. Punjab skipper Dhawan, meanwhile, hit some eye-catching fours to take his side to triple digits in 10 overs. Rajapaksa reached his half-century off 30 balls, but was caught at long-on soon after in an attempt to play a long shot off Umesh. Jitesh Sharma (21 off 11 balls), who came to the crease to replace him, hit Narine for a six of 97 meters.
He also hit Southee for a six but the experienced New Zealand fast bowler forced him to take a simple catch on the next ball. The wait for Dhawan’s first half-century as captain increased. Chakraborty bowled him with a duck, while Narine conceded only three runs in the 18th over and dismissed Sikandar Raza (16 off 13 balls). After this Sam Karen (26 not out off 17 balls) and Shahrukh Khan (11 not out off seven balls) took the score to 190 runs.