Punjab Kings Beat Kolkata Knight Riders by 7 Runs in Mohali

Punjab Kings won their first match of IPL 2023 season by defeating Kolkata Knight Riders by 7 runs (DLS) in a rain-affected game in Mohali.

Batting first, PBKS posted a challenging total of 191/5, with Bhanuka Rajapaksa and Shikhar Dhawan leading the way.

KKR started well, but Arshdeep Singh's double-wicket over and some excellent spin bowling put them under pressure.

Andre Russell tried to keep KKR in the hunt, but his dismissal by Sam Curran proved crucial.

KKR needed 46 runs off 24 balls but fell seven runs short of the DLS par score when the rain stopped play.

Venkatesh Iyer and Nitish Rana had earlier led a solid recovery for KKR after the early setbacks,

but they couldn't prevent PBKS from getting their campaign underway with a victory.

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