IPL 2023: Rajapaksa, Arshdeep star as Punjab Kings beat Knight Riders by seven runs
On a flat pitch and fast outfield, Punjab were threatening to score upwards of 200, reaching 100 runs in the first ten overs. But Kolkata, whose bowlers majorly struggled, picked four wickets in the second half as Punjab could make only 91 runs to end up at a score nine short of 200.
IPL 2023: Bhanuka Rajapaksa slams 50; Kolkata pick late wickets as Punjab post 191/5
On a flat pitch and fast outfield, Punjab were threatening to score upwards of 200, as they reached 100 runs in the first ten overs. But Kolkata, whose bowlers majorly struggled, picked four wickets in the second half as PBKS could make only 91 runs to end up at a score nine short of 200.
Livingstone to miss Punjab Kings' first game in IPL 2023: Report
The Shikhar Dhawan-led side will open their campaign by taking on Kolkata Knight Riders at home on April 1. However, Livingstone won't be able to reach Mohali in time for that game. According to a Cricbuzz report, an England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) official has confirmed that the 29-year old cricketer, who was on an off-season tour to Dubai, will reach India next week, likely before their second game against Rajasthan Royals in Jaipur on April 5.
Injured Bairstow ruled out of IPL 2023, Punjab Kings name Matthew Short as replacement
The Punjab based franchise have named uncapped Australian batter Matthew Short as Bairstow's replacement for the 2023 season. It will be Short's maiden IPL experience. "We regret to inform you that Jonny Bairstow will not be a part of the IPL this season because of his injury. We wish him the best and look forward to seeing him next season," the PBKS said in a tweet.
IPL 2023: Wasim Jaffer re-appointed as Punjab Kings batting coach, Langeveldt named fast bowling coach
The 44-year-old had stepped down as the PBKS batting coach ahead of the IPL 2022 mega-auction earlier this year. He had joined the Punjab Kings (then Kings XI Punjab) back in 2019 and had previously worked with the side for three seasons. Meanwhile, the franchise also appointed former South African cricketer Charl Langeveldt as their new fast bowling coach.
Shikhar to replace Mayank as Punjab Kings captain in IPL 2023: Report
The decision to appoint Dhawan as the captain was approved on Wednesday during a franchise board meeting and was backed by Trevor Bayliss, Kings' newly appointed head coach, an ESPN cricinfo report. Agarwal, who was appointed captain just before IPL 2022, was one of two players --Arshdeep Singh being the other -- who had been retained by Kings ahead of the mega auction.
IPL side Punjab Kings quash rumours on possible captaincy changes to the side
"News reports published by a certain sports news website pertaining to captaincy of the Punjab Kings franchise have been making the rounds in the last few days. We would like to state that no official of the team has issued any statement on the same," said the franchise in their official statement. Ahead of the start of IPL 2022 season, Agarwal was appointed as the captain of Punjab Kings as KL Rahul took the same role with debutants Lucknow Super Giants.
IPL 2022: Agarwal, Bhuvneshwar look back at the season after tournament ends for SRH, PBKS
"We couldn't stitch two back-to-back wins. We lost wickets in a cluster, and that at times derailed us. We have played an aggressive brand of cricket overall. We are going to sit and discuss now after the IPL. We were here to get two points and we were here to enjoy ourselves. We meant business and looked to execute things to the best of our ability," said Agarwal after the match.
IPL Turning Point: Harpreet Brar breaks the back of Hyderabad's batting
Coming into this game, Brar had picked just one wicket in four matches but here against Hyderabad, he turned the match for Punjab. But Brar didn't have the best of starts in IPL 2022's final league match. Abhishek Sharma, his team-mate in domestic cricket for Punjab, pulled his second ball on the backfoot over deep midwicket for a six in his first over which brought nine runs for no wicket.
IPL 2022: Bhuvneshwar-led Sunrisers Hyderabad win toss, elect to bat first against Punjab Kings
Both Hyderabad and Punjab are already out of the race for the playoffs and would look to finish off their IPL 2022 campaign on a high. Bhuvneshwar further said that all-rounder Romario Shepherd and left-arm spinner Jagadeesha Suchith replace Kane Williamson and T Natarajan in the playing eleven.