A day after the indefinite suspension of the 14th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL), Punjab Kings (PBKS) promised fans that the cash-rich league would be back. The Cricket Control Council of India (BCCI) on Tuesday announced the postponement of the IPL after several players and support staff tested positive for COVID-19. The announcement came after Wriddhiman Saha of SunRisers Hyderabad and Amit Mishra of the Delhi Capitals also tested positive for the coronavirus. Prior to that, on Monday, the game between the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) and Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) was postponed after two cricketers tested positive. Later, the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) also reported that their bowling coach L Balaji was positive.
The Punjab-based franchisee shared a photo from his base camp in Ahmedabad, and captioned it “We’ll be back.”
– Kings of Punjab (@PunjabKingsIPL) May 5, 2021
Two-time champions, Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) also shared a photo of their team on the microblogging site and wrote, “Until we meet again.”
– KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) May 5, 2021
Meanwhile, KKR and PBKS had so far performed poorly in the IPL. While Kolkata was placed in sixth place with five losses, Punjab was at No.5 with three wins.
Punjab played eight games – winning three and losing five – before the league was suspended indefinitely. They started their IPL campaign with a narrow four-point victory over the Royals of Rajasthan. Afterwards, the Punjab campaign went haywire as they were hammered by Chennai Super Kings (CSK), Delhi Capitals (DC) and SunRisers Hyderabad (SRH) in their next three games.
Punjab made a comeback and got their IPL campaign back on track with a nine-wicket victory over defending champions Mumbai Indians (MI). However, in their next game, the Punjab lost to a struggling KKR by five wickets.
Following the defeat of KKR, Punjab produced a formidable performance against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) led by Virat Kohli, beating all three IPL finalists by 34 points.
Punjab played their last game against the Delhi Capitals of Rishabh Pant, where they were beaten by seven wickets.
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