KKR vs PBKS: Another game, another last-over finish in the 2023 Indian Premier League. The Kolkata Knight Riders locked horns with the Punjab Kings at the Eden Gardens on Monday in the 53rd game of the tournament. It was another thrilling game that ended in the last over of the game. It was the home team that ended in favor of the home team and KKR collected two important points. Shikhar Dhawan and his men couldn’t defend a 180-run target and lost an important game.

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It came down to the situation when KKR needed six in the final over, and Arshdeep Singh tried hard and bowled some good yorkers. But eventually, Rinku Singh finished off the game, and Kolkata won the game by five wickets. Rinku remained unbeaten on 21 off 10 and finished yet another game for the team. With this win, Kolkata has collected three more points and has become the eighth team with 10 or more points on the table.

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It was the fourth loss in the last six games for Punjab in the second half of the competition. For the second time in a row, PBKS were not able to defend the target. However, after the game, skipper Shikhar Dhawan opened up about one of the reasons for the loss. In the post-match presentation, he said that when it comes to left-handers, they don’t have better off-spinners to contain them. Dhawan said,

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“Not an easy track to bat on, in the end they played well. It was a great effort from Arshdeep, the way he has bounced back from the last game. I feel that we don’t have a good off-spinner. When left-handers come, from one end we have a leg-spinner and at the other end we have a left-arm spinner. So that’s where I feel we are leaking a bit of runs. This wicket was offering turn as well so I feel that’s where we took the hit.”

Punjab used three spinners in the game. Rahul Chahar and Liam Livingstone are leg spinners, and Harpreet Brar is a left-arm spinner, which made it tough for them to contain the left-handers. Earlier, PBKS made 179/7, with Dhawan scoring 57 off 47. In reply, Jason Roy (38 off 24) and Nitish Rana (51 off 38) played well. Andre Russell (42 off 23) played a brilliant cameo in the end to take his team near the target.

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