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Patna : Punjab Kings (PBKS) defeated Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) by 5 wickets in the 45th match of IPL at Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai, UAE, on October 1, 2021, late night, as captain K L Rahul ( opener) scored  67 runs in 55 balls with 4 fours and 2 sixes while Shahrukh Khan scored a brilliant 22 in 9 balls hitting 1 four and 2 sixes. Sharrukh Khan hit the winning six off Venkatesh Iyer. PBKS had won the toss and opted to bowl. PBKS have now 10 points from 12 games.  KKR also have 10 points from 12 games.

Chasing a target of 166 runs, PBKS openers K L Rahul and Mayank Agarwal added 70 runs for the first wicket.  Agarwal fell to leg spinner Varun Charavarthy for 40 in 27 balls with 3 fours and 3 sixes, one each off Tim Southee, Sunil Narine, and Vekatesh Iyar. PBKS overhauled the target in 19.3 overs scoring 168/5 in 19.3 overs. South African Aiden Markram scored 18 runs in 16 balls with 1 six while Nicholas Pooran scored 12 runs in 7 balls with 1 six.

Batting first, KKR had scored 165/7 in 20 overs with opener Vekatesh Iyer scoring 67 runs in 49 balls with 9 fours and 1 six. Rahul Tripathi scored 34 runs and Nitish Rana 31 runs.