VIDEO: Sam Karan, sold for Rs 18.50 crores, opened the threads and the mistress Preity Zinta jumped with joy.

Mohali: All eyes were on Sam Curran, who became the costliest player in Indian Premier League history after the mini-auction this year. In the second match of the 16th season against Kolkata, he scored an unbeaten 26 in just 17 balls with the help of two sixes. It was a wonder of Sam Karan’s finishing that Punjab, after losing the toss and batting first, was able to score 191 runs at the loss of five wickets. Left arm pacer and explosive batsman Sam Karan with a base price of two crores has been bought by Punjab for Rs 18.50 crores. Sam was part of the Chennai Super Kings last season and was rewarded for his impressive performance in the T20 World Cup. Owner Preity Zinta was also present at the ground to cheer for her team. Seeing Sam hitting Karan for fours and sixes, his face was filled with joy. Apart from Sam Karan, Shah Rukh Khan scored an unbeaten 11 off seven balls. Earlier, the top order led by Bhanuka Rajapaksa, who could not find a place in the Sri Lankan team, fired. Rajapaksa (50 off 32 balls, five fours, two sixes) and captain Shikhar Dhawan (40 off 29 balls, six fours) got off to a good start by adding 86 runs for the second wicket.

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 attractive fours to take his team 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.

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