We are slowly coming together as a team: PBKS captain KL Rahul
Kings XI Punjab didn’t make most of the chances to better effect in the 2020 edition of the Indian Premier League at the United Arab Emirates. They finished sixth in the points table as they could win 6 games but lost 8 games. This is why they failed to qualify for the playoffs. Heading into the 14th edition, Kings XI Punjab changed its name to Punjab Kings.
Talking about their performance this season, they started their campaign with a 4-run win over Rajasthan Royals. However, they were handed a shocking defeat by Chennai Super Kings in the next game. After that, they lost to Delhi Capitals and Sunrisers Hyderabad in the next two games.
With a hat-trick of defeats to their name, they were under pressure already. They locked horns with Mumbai Indians in their fifth game. PBKS bowlers maintained sheer discipline and good bowling action throughout the game and restricted Mumbai Indians to 131/6 in their quota of 20 overs.
The likes of Mohammed Shami and Ravi Bishnoi took 2 wickets apiece. Deepak Hooda and Arshdeep Singh took a wicket each. On the contrary, MI captain Rohit Sharma was the top run-getter for the team as he scored 63 off 52 balls including 5 fours and 2 sixes.
In reply, PBKS comfortably chased down the target in 17.4 overs. PBKS captain KL Rahul top-scored with an unbeaten 60 off 52 balls including 3 fours and 3 sixes whereas Chris Gayle scored an unbeaten 43 off 35 balls with the help of 5 fours and 2 sixes. PBKS won the game by 9 wickets to register their second win of this season.
We are slowly coming together as a team: Rahul
“We don’t want to get too ahead of ourselves. Slowly we are coming together as a team. We are still a young team. Every year we keep bringing in newer guys. It’s important to be patient. The guys we have backed and given opportunities are slowly coming through. Hooda has been playing really well, Shahrukh got an opportunity and he’s been batting really well, Bishnoi came in this game and the way he bowled was brilliant.
Fingers crossed, hopefully we can keep climbing and keep getting two points every game. Main coach did have a little bit of a long chat about batting second. I felt that the wicket was sticky. I felt that the bowlers always were under pressure, it was important that they bowled on a wicket like this early. We had heard that there was a lot of dew here.
I felt like that could play a part. The drier ball started to grip, when it turns and bounces like that, it gets really hard. It was good of Chris that he got through that period. He was always confident that he could make it up. He knew whom to target. That’s what you get with Chris, not just destructive batting but also experience of so many years playing T20 cricket,” KL Rahul said at the post-match presentation.