Following a nine-wicket victory over defending champions Mumbai Indians on Friday, Punjab Kings skipper KL Rahul mentioned that his facet is slowly coming collectively as a group.
The Punjab outfit, led by Rahul’s 60* and Chris Gayle‘s 43* from 35 deliveries, chased down a modest 131-run complete to register their second win of the season. Rahul additionally showered reward on the recent faces of the group — Deepak Hooda, Shahrukh Khan, and Ravi Bishnoi — and hoped that the group retains climbing with each sport.
“We do not need to get too forward of ourselves. Slowly we’re coming collectively as a group. We are nonetheless a younger group. Every 12 months we keep bringing in newer guys. It’s vital to be affected person. The guys now we have backed and given alternatives are slowly coming by means of.
“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,” mentioned Rahul in the post-match presentation.
Rahul, who notched up his twenty fourth IPL fifty, was instrumental in Punjab’s win on a tough Chepauk wicket. Rahul and Mayank added a fifty-run opening stand earlier than the latter was dismissed by Rahul Chahar. Gayle, nonetheless, teamed up together with his skipper as the 2 steered Punjab previous the ending line.
“I felt that the wicket was sticky. I felt that the bowlers at all times have been underneath strain, it was vital that they bowled on a wicket like this early. We had heard that there was loads of dew right 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,” Rahul, who was adjudged Player of the Match, additional mentioned.
The PBKS skipper was in awe of 20-year-old Bishnoi, who grabbed two wickets in his 4 overs and conceded simply 21 runs. He was the highest choose amongst Punjab bowlers together with Mohammed Shami (2/21).
I’m certain it offers him (Bishnoi) loads of confidence. He, sadly, missed the primary few video games, he is been working actually onerous with Anil bhai. There have been a couple of issues he wanted to appropriate and he is been anyone who’s courageous, that is excellent to see. He held his composure and bowled very well. When I do know what goal I’m chasing, it will get barely simpler to tempo the innings. Really pleased with the best way I completed the sport and that is a very powerful factor,” he concluded.
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