Following the win against Punjab Kings in Match 53 of the IPL 2023, the Kolkata Knight Riders' players were immersed in celebration. Much like the on-field proceedings, the celebration was also led by the skipper Nitish Rana. KKR defeated PBKS by 5 wickets on Monday.
Kolkata Knight Riders' season has seemingly picked off at the right time. On Monday, the team chased down the total of 180, set up by PBKS after Shikhar Dhawan played an anchor's knock of 57. It was yet another last-ball thriller yet again as KKR needed 2 of the last ball. Fortunately for the team, Rinku Singh was on strike. Singh, who has already made waves with his temperament in the crunch situation, held his nerves once again and flicked the full toss delivery of Arshdeep Singh to backward square leg to hit the boundary and the winning runs.
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Upon witnessing the winning boundary, the celebration started in the KKR camp and went on for a bit. Players charged to the ground to greet their last ball hero Rinku Singh. The Twitter handle of the KKR franchise posted a clip of the celebration.
Rinku Singh 🤝final ball finishes = Rab ne bana di Jodi #IPLonJioCinema #KKRvPBKS #TATAIPL #IPL2023 | @KKRiders pic.twitter.com/juKT7t1T40— JioCinema (@JioCinema) May 8, 2023
With this win, KKR has progressed to the 5th position on the IPL 2023 Points Table. Their contention for the Playoffs which at one point looked grim looks more than a possibility right now. With three matches still to be played in the league stage, the team's destiny is in its own hands. They have to win all three of their remaining matches and see themselves breach the threshold of the playoffs.
In the post-match presentation, the captain of KKR hailed Rinku Singh for his cameo innings of 21 off 10 balls. Rana stated that he get goosebumps when the crowd chant "Rinku Rinku". "I get goosebumps when the crowd cheers 'Rinku Rinku'. He's earned that! Earlier it was 'Russell Russell', but now it's Rinku".
Nitish Rana describes Rinku Singh's beautiful journey.— Mufaddal Vohra (@mufaddal_vohra) May 8, 2023
From 'Russell Russell' to 'Rinku Rinku'. pic.twitter.com/emZlTaubge
While the win has given KKR a new-found energy, the question that arises is can they keep the momentum going? What do you think will KKR qualify for the playoffs and go all the way to the final? Make a sound of your thoughts in the comment section.
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