IPL 2023 Points Table, Orange Cap, Purple Cap: Once again Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) pulled off a final ball thriller at the Eden Gardens, courtesy Rinku Singh, against Punjab Kings (PBKS). KKR defeated PBKS by five wickets and kept themselves alive in the IPL 2023 playoff race.
It was an ordinary day for Punjab Kings (PBKS) in business. They are known to be a batting-heavy side, however, scenes were completely opposite as they face KKR at Eden Gardens. The opening combination couldn’t provide a decent start to the innings, and then Bhanuka Rajapaksha was dismissed for a duck. Liam Livingstone couldn’t do any better, and neither do Sam Curran.
Skipper Shikhar Dhawan top scored with a fine half-century, but there will be fingers on his strike rate. In the end, Shahrukh Khan, Rishi Dhawan and Harpreet Brar did a bit of quick scoring, which helped PBKS to post a below-par 179 runs total at Eden Gardens.
The response from KKR wasn’t dominating either. KKR wanted some explosive start, but Nathan Ellis and Rishi Dhawan kept things under control with their tight lines. At some point, Jason Roy started to look threatening, however, he was removed by Harpreet Brar.
KKR skipper Nitish Rana scored a half-century and was eventually dismissed as he tried to pace up his scratchy innings. Andre Russell showed brilliant presence on a difficult track which was aiding the spinners. Russell scored a healthy 42 runs in just 23 balls to help his side get closer to the total.
Russell and Rinku Singh did well to not let the asking run rate climb too high with their shot play. The duo stitched 54 run partnership in almost half the deliveries. In the end, KKR required seven runs in the final over and Rinku Singh had his plans sorted out.
Although Arshdeep Singh did well to take the game deep, Rinku Singh scored a boundary in the last delivery and took his side home with 5 wickets remaining.
This article will lead you through IPL 2023 Points Table, Orange Cap, Purple Cap Updated on 9th May after KKR vs PBKS.
IPL 2023 Points Table
KKR has made a giant leap in the IPL 2023 Points Table with the win. Their five-run victory over PBKS has put them in fifth position in the IPL 2023 Points Table with 10 rating points from 11 matches.
Meanwhile, Punjab Kings (PBKS) continues to be seated in seventh place with 10 rating points, but a slightly poorer net run rate than KKR.
The iPL 2023 Points Table is led by Gujarat Titans (GT), followed by Chennai Super Kings, Lucknow Super Giants and Rajasthan Royals respectively.
IPL 2023 Orange Cap
PBKS skipper Shikhar Dhawan is placed ninth in the IPL 2023 Orange Cap leaderboard after he played a good knock of 57 runs from 47 deliveries. Dhawan has amassed 349 from nine innings at an average of 58.17, with the help of three half-centuries.
KKR skipper Nitish Rana also made healthy gains in the IPL 2023 Orange Cap leaderboard as he also scored a half-century in the game. Rana has plundered 326 runs from 11 innings and is placed in 12th position in the ranking.
Meanwhile, RCB skipper Faf du Plessis continues to lead the way for the batters. The Protea batter has 411 runs from 10 innings at an average of 56.78.
IPL 2023 Purple Cap
Touted mystery spinner Varun Chakravarthy scalped three wickets in the game against PBKS by conceding just 26 runs in 4 overs. His total wickets tally has now reached 17 in 11 innings and is seated in fifth place in the current IPL 2023 Purple Cap race.
Gujarat’s Mohammad Shami has held the IPL 2023 Purple Cap with 19 wickets from 11 matches. Rashid Khan is placed second with the same number of wickets as Shami’s.
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