KKR after winning the toss as expected bowled first and destroyed Punjab batting attack as Umesh Yadav breathed fire with the ball in his spell. Initially, PBKS were playing aggressive brand of cricket as Rajapaksa smashed 31 from 9 balls which helped Punjab score 62 runs in the powerplay itself. But Punjab faltered to 102/8 from 62/3 as remaining batters (Livingstone, Raj Bawa, Shahrukh Khan) fell like pack of cards and put their team in trouble. Kagiso Rabada's 25 off 16 helped the team to reach a respectable total of 137 runs in end.
Kolkata in the chase were struggling wit Rahul Chahar's riveting spell (2/13) and at one stage it looked like Punjab will seal this game but Andre Russell had other plans in his mind as he smashed 30 runs off the over bowled by Odean Smith which helped his team successfully chase 138 runs inside 15 overs itself with 6 wickets in hand. Andre Russell's impactful knock off 70 runs changed the tide for KKR franchise and showed why he is the most destructive batsman in the T20 world.
Numbers and stats from PBKS vs KKR game:
2 - KKR became second team to win 20 matches against an opponent in IPL.
Most matches won against a team in IPL:
MI - 22 vs KKR
KKR - 20 vs PBKS
4 - Umesh Yadav became 4th bowler to take 50 IPL wickets in powerplay after Zaheer Khan, Sandeep Sharma and Bhuvneshwar Kumar. Umesh Yadav has also recorded his best bowling figure of 4/23 in IPL.
6 - Andre Russell became 6th overseas player to smash more than 150 sixes in IPL.
Most sixes by an overseas player in IPL:
Chris Gayle - 357
AB de Villiers - 251
Kieron Pollard - 214
David Warner - 201
Shane Watson - 190
Andre Russell - 154
6 - Umesh Yadav has won 6 MoM awards against PBKS which is most for any player against a team in IPL.
Players with most MoM awards against a team in IPL:
Umesh Yadav - 6 vs PBKS
Chris Gayle - 5 vs KKR
Rohit Sharma - 5 vs KKR
Yusuf Pathan - 5 vs Deccan Chargers
10 - Andre Russell has smashed 10 fifty-plus scores in IPL.
Most fifty-plus scores for KKR in IPL:
Gautam Gambhir - 27
Robin Uthappa - 16
Chris Lynn - 10
Shubman Gill - 10
Andre Russell - 10
33 - Umesh Yadav holds the record for taking most wickets (33) against an opponent in IPL.
Most wickets against an opponent in IPL:
Umesh Yadav - 33 vs PBKS
Sunil Narine - 32 vs PBKS
Dwayne Bravo - 31 vs MI
Lasith Malinga - 31 vs CSK
70 - Andre Russell's 70*(31) knock comprised off 8 sixes.
Least score in an IPL innings to have atleast 8 sixes:
Andre Russell - 65 vs RCB in Kolkata, 2019
Kieron Pollard - 66* vs SRH in Mumbai, 2013
Yuvraj Singh - 68* vs DC in Bengaluru, 2014
AB de Villiers - 68 vs CSK in Bengaluru, 2018
Andre Russell - 70* vs PBKS in Mumbai, 2022