Punjab Kings IPL History

Punjab Kings Script History with Record-breaking Chase in IPL Thriller

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In a match that will be etched in the annals of T20 cricket history, the Punjab Kings (PBKS) pulled off a miraculous chase against the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata on April 26, rewriting records and thrilling fans across the globe.

Opting to field first after winning the toss, PBKS, led by stand-in captain Sam Curran, found themselves facing an imposing target as KKR posted a formidable 261 for six on the board.

The stage was set for an epic battle, and what followed was nothing short of sensational. The match witnessed a jaw-dropping total of 523 runs and an all-time IPL record of 42 sixes.

KKR’s opening pair, Sunil Narine and Phil Salt, set the tone with an explosive partnership. Narine’s blistering knock of 71 off just 32 balls, including nine fours and four sixes, marked his third fifty-plus score of the season. Meanwhile, Salt was equally destructive, scoring his third fifty of the season with a 37-ball 75, embellished with six fours and six sixes.

But the fireworks were far from over. Venkatesh Iyer (39), Andre Russell (24), Shreyas Iyer (28), Rinku Singh (5), and Ramandeep Singh (6) contributed crucial runs, propelling KKR to a mammoth total.

Chasing 262 runs for victory, PBKS were undeterred. Led by a spectacular century from Jonny Bairstow and ably supported by Shashank Singh and Prabhsimran Singh, PBKS achieved the highest successful run chase in T20 cricket history.

Bairstow’s unbeaten 108 off just 48 balls set the tone for the historic chase. Shashank Singh’s explosive 68 not out off 28 balls, which included eight towering sixes, and Prabhsimran Singh’s quickfire 54 off just 20 balls, ensured PBKS reached the target with eight wickets to spare.

In the end, PBKS’s batters rained sixes, hitting an incredible 24 sixes in just 18.4 overs. Shashank Singh’s eight sixes, coupled with Bairstow’s nine, powered PBKS to rewrite the record books.

With this stunning victory, PBKS have not only secured two crucial points but have also made a statement of intent in the IPL 2024 season. The match will be remembered as one of the greatest T20 clashes, showcasing the true essence of cricketing entertainment.