The 2021 edition of the Indian Premier League has so far seen many quality performances and one of them is definitely today’s stunning catch taken by Punjab youngster Ravi Bishnoi.
The incident happened during the second innings of the 21st match between Punjab Kings (PBKS) and Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR). The chase of KKR got off to a horrifying start. Although opener Shubman Gill started the chase with a boundary, they got a big blow in the form of Nitish Rana’s dismissal who got out for a golden duck.
Meanwhile, Punjab’s pace spearhead Mohammed Shami provided another breakthrough as he trapped Gill in front of the stumps for 9. However, they didn’t get the chance to settle down in the middle as Ravi Bishnoi took a stunner and sent Sunil Narine for a 4-ball 0.
It was the final ball of the first over from youngster Arshdeep Singh. It was a length ball and Sunil Narine tried to hit across the line but found Bishnoi at deep mid. The young spinner dived full length and took a stunner. This dismissal reduced KKR to 17 for 3 inside 3 overs.
Watch the catch here: Ravi Bishnoi’s unbelievable running catch
His dismissal brought Eoin Morgan in the middle and he started to steady the ship alongside Rahul Tripathi. He took on Shami for a six in his very first over. It was a short ball and Morgan got hold of it and smashed it over the deep square as well. Soon he lofted towards mid-off for a boundary.
Even, Tripathi too joined hands as he smashed two fours off Arshdeep Singh in the next over and the final over also saw another boundary from Morgan. And, they managed to put up 42 runs in the powerplay with the loss of 3 wickets as well.
Kolkata’s discipline bowling restrict Punjab to 123
Earlier in the game, Kolkata Knight Riders won the toss and opted to bowl first. They got off to a steady start with the openers KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal adding 36 runs inside the powerplay. However, Pat Cummins removed KL Rahul, their middle-order failed to steady the ship as Chris Gayle and Deepak Hooda got out for a single-digit score.
While the middle-order couldn’t contribute much, Chris Jordan smashed 3 sixes and a four in his quick 18-ball 30 knock and took the total to 123 runs in 20 overs. For KKR, Prasidh Krishna claimed 3 for 30 whereas Cummins and Narine picked up 2 wickets each as well.