Lokesh Rahul is the Man of the Match.
Lokesh Rahul (PBKS): I'll take the two points (heaves a huge sigh). We played it smartly. Realised it was a decent wicket and can't experiment too much. Went slightly defensive with the ball. Wasn't much spin. Wanted to make the batters hit to the bigger side. With the bat also we've given clear roles to players. Obviously want to finish games. Weather's not been too kind coming straight from England. Win will give us confidence and hopefully we'll build on it. These are things that kill me as a captain. Don't want to leave out the Indian boys. With a heavy heart had to leave Harpreet out. Had to see what would be our best XI with Chris leaving the bubble. Shahrukh has been batting brilliantly in the nets. Saw how strong he is in the first phase. He's asking a lot of questions and wanting to finish games. Today he played proper cricket shots, got a few boundaries and we all know he can hit the ball a long way. He can finish games, has done it for Tamil Nadu. Often times we've put too much pressure on ourselves. Everybody knows we are a far better team. Putting too much pressure on ourselves is not helping. Message has been to give our best. Every game we've fought till the end.
Eoin Morgan (KKR): Initially we didn't field that well, we put catches down, myself early and other guys, it has cost us. When the game gets that tight towards the end, extra few wickets down would have helped us. Equally I thought we fought hard, batted really well and probably had a par score. Not a winning score on that wicket but thought the bowlers did a good job. Kings played well and then we fought back, catches have cost us. I thought in real time it was out (referring to the Rahul catch in the 19th over). Obviously when you slow things down and analyse it that the third umpire thought otherwise and his decision is made, that's final and we need to get on with it. But it would have been nice if we had got that wicket. I think everyone that went out there found it difficult to get going initially, it was not an easy wicket to start on. But after having a strong 13-14 overs we didn't capitalize on that platform. Yeah, he (Venkatesh Iyer) is (some player), He's a real find for us, has been with us the whole campaign and we have watched him in practice, above all his attitude is fantastic for a guy that plays fearlessly as he does with t he bat. He takes a lot of responsibility with the ball, Dre Russ leaves a huge gap in the allrounder position for us but to have someone come in and contribute is really outstanding. We have played some great cricket in the second half and have some positives to take away from tonight as well. Two more games to go, we will fight hard and hopefully get a couple of good results and be in the playoffs.
Punjab Kings won by 5 wickets
Over 19.3 Venkatesh Iyer bowls a good length delivery to Shahrukh Khan,Six! Stand tall and heaves this away! It's a chance for deep midwicket. But the fielder drops it and tips it over the ropes
Over 19.2 Venkatesh Iyer bowls a pitched up delivery to Lokesh Rahul, out Caught by Shivam Mavi!!
Over 19.1 Venkatesh Iyer bowls a good length delivery to Shahrukh Khan,1 run, get a toe-end as he swings off his feet. Rolls to short third
End of Over 19 (10 runs) Punjab XI 161/5
Lokesh Rahul 67/55 Shivam Mavi 4.1-0-31-2
Shahrukh Khan 15/7
Over 18.6 Shivam Mavi bowls a good length delivery to Shahrukh Khan, Boundary! Backs away in the crease and slices it over backward point to get the equation down to five off the final over.
Over 18.5 Shivam Mavi bowls a yorker right into the blockhole to Shahrukh Khan,1 run, stays deep inside the crease and squeezed down to long-on
Over 18.4 Shivam Mavi bowls a pitched up delivery to Lokesh Rahul,1 run, gets forward and pushed down to long-on
Over 18.3 Shivam Mavi bowls it short of length to Lokesh Rahul, no run, shuffles across on the back foot and pulls it flat to the deep where Tripathi comes charging in from the midwicket boundary.
Over 18.2 Shivam Mavi bowls a slower one to Lokesh Rahul, no run, gets forward and tries to swing across the line but gets beaten.
Over 18.1 Shivam Mavi bowls a good length delivery to Lokesh Rahul, Boundary! Goes on to the back foot and goes hard on the drive and the edge runs away past a diving short third man.
End of Over 18 (9 runs) Punjab XI 151/4
Lokesh Rahul 58/49 Tim Southee 4-0-40-0
Shahrukh Khan 14/6
Over 17.6 Tim Southee bowls a slower one to Lokesh Rahul,1 run, gets forward and slashes hard but it gets big on him and loops over the edge. DK fumbles with the ball dipping and bouncing in front of him
Over 17.5 Tim Southee bowls a half volley to Shahrukh Khan,1 run, gets back in the crease and steers it to point.
Over 17.4 Tim Southee bowls a pitched up delivery to Shahrukh Khan, Boundary! Comes on to the front foot and slaps it extremely hard through the covers. Sweeper there is quite square, and the ball is travelling like a rocket
Over 17.3 Tim Southee bowls it short of length to Lokesh Rahul,1 run, swats it on the bounce to long-on
Over 17.2 Tim Southee bowls it short of length to Shahrukh Khan,1 run, shuffles across on the back foot and pulls out to long leg