Updated After KKR vs PBKS Match 53

In yet another last-ball finish, KKR defeated PBKS in a must-win encounter to keep their playoff hopes alive. Punjab Kings put a target of 180 runs for KKR to chase down, which they chased down off the final ball to secure a hard-fought win. As for the Orange Cap, it has seen two crucial changes after tonight’s nail-biter.

Shikhar Dhawan, the lone warrior for Punjab Kings

In yet another critical encounter, Shikhar Dhawan carried the weight of the entire Punjab Kings batting line-up on his shoulders. The PBKS skipper led from the front, scoring 57 runs off 47 balls. His inning included 9 fours and a six off Sunil Narine. scoreboard was of M Shahrukh Khan, who played a great cameo of 21 runs off 8 balls. This tells the kind of impact Dhawan has had on the PBKS batting lineup.

Despite playing fewer games than the rest of the batters on the Orange Cap list, Dhawan is still hanging in the 9th spot in the race. Dhawan has 349 runs to his name in 8 games at an average of 58.17. Of all the batters on the Orange Cap list, Dhawan has the best average. The left-hander missed a few games due to a minor injury but has not looked back ever since his comeback. Had he played all the games for PBKS, there was a huge chance he would have been in the top 3 for the Orange Cap race.

Rinku Singh the finisher

Batting in the lower-middle order, Rinku Singh played yet another crucial inning to take KKR home in a must-win game. When Rinku came out to bat, KKR needed 56 runs to win from 28 balls. However, there was a sense of comfort for Rinku as his partner at the other end was none other than Andre Russell. Rinku remained unbeaten on 21 off 10 balls and steered KKR home on the last ball of the game. KKR needed 2 runs to win off the final ball and Arshdeep Singh had bowled nothing but toe-crushing yorkers all through that over.

However, Rinku held onto his nerves as he hit a four off the final ball to see KKR home. After this cameo, Rinku is ranked at the 10th spot in the Orange Cap list. The stylish left-hander has 337 runs in 11 games at an impressive average of 56.17 coupled with a strike rate of 151.12.

Orange Cap list after KKR vs PBKS Match 53:

Rank player team Matches Played run Highest Strike Rate Average
1. Faf du Plessis Royal Challengers Bangalore 10 511 84 157.71 56.78
2. Yashasvi Jaiswal Rajasthan Royals 11 477 124 160.60 43.36
3. Shubman Gill Gujarat Titans 11 469 94* 143.42 46.90
4. Devon Conway Chennai Super Kings 11 458 92* 139.20 57.25
5. Virat Kohli Royal Challengers Bangalore 10 419 82* 135.16 46.56
6. Jos Buttler Rajasthan Royals 11 392 95 143.58 35.64
7. Ruturaj Gaikwad Chennai Super Kings 11 384 92 148.26 42.67
8. Kyle Mayers Lucknow Super Giants 11 359 73 152.11 32.64
9. Shikhar Dhawan Punjab Kings 8 349 99* 143.62 58.17
10. Rinku Singh Kolkata Knight Riders 11 337 58* 151.12 56.17

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