"The pitch wasn't the easiest to play on". The toss was crucial at Mohali. Sunrisers' skipper Bhuvneshwar Kumar's decision to bowl first turned out to be right one as Mumbai was never allowed to get the impetus during the innings.
Rahul struck an unbeaten 71 against Mumbai Indians and a 55 versus Chennai Super Kings, sandwiched by a 15 in a game with Delhi Capitals, and he was on song again on Monday. He was a great asset to the team, his absence costed SRH to lose?
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Joseph struck again in his next over, having India worldwide Vijay Shankar caught at point off an outside edge, before returning in the 16th over, with the hosts 84-5 and requiring 54 off 30 balls.
The duo failed to strike big and stitched 49 runs for the second wicket off 57 balls to stabilise the Sunrisers innings. With the middle-order too finding a spine with the encouraging form of Sarfaraz, Punjab are starting to form a team capable of making a deep run in the tournament.
Asking-rate was up to 7.5rpo. He bowled Deepak Hooda and the following ball had Rashid Khan walking back after taking a catch off his own bowling. The Jamaican started belting the seamers from the very first ball. After having a good start, we could not really capitalise it.
Punjab lost three wickets in the span of 12 balls. Among others, Chris Gayle is a danger every time he walks out to bat, while Mayank Agarwal appears to becoming a better batsman with every visit to the crease. Karnataka Boys made a 100-run partnership when it was needed for their team. But the positive sight for them was the presence of KL Rahul till the end. "We are focusing on what we did wrong in this match and where we can improve from here on". For his heroics and responsible knock, KL Rahul was adjourned the man of the match award.