Punjab Kings’ (PBKS) skipper KL Rahul won the Man-of-the-Match award after he smashed an unbeaten fifty against Mumbai Indians (MI) and guided his team to a crucial win in the ongoing IPL 2021.
The PBKS bowlers bowlers also brought their ‘A’ game to the table versus the defending champions. Ravi Bishnoi, who played his first game of the season, returned figures of 2/21 to help his team restrict Mumbai to a below-par total of 131.
Bishnoi enjoyed a brilliant IPL season in the UAE last year. He, however, was benched for the first three games of the ongoing season. KL Rahul, during the post-match presentation, finally revealed the reason why he was out of the playing XI.
“He (Ravi Bishnoi) unfortunately missed the first few games. He has been working really hard with Anil Bhai and there were a few things that he needed to correct. He’s been somebody who is brave, that’s very good to see for a spinner,” said Rahul.
Ahead of the game last night, Punjab had won the toss and surprisingly decided to bowl first. Many teams have preferred batting first at the sluggish “Chepauk” track. There decision raised a few eyebrows as even Rohit Sharma said that he would’ve batted first.
On being asked about the same: “Me and coach had a long chat about batting second. I felt that the wicket was sticky and the first few games, we batted first, and I felt like the bowlers were always under pressure, and it is important that they bowl on a wicket like this early.”
“We had heard there’s a lot of dew at night. It was our first night game here. First game we played here was in the afternoon, so we didn’t really know how much dew, but watching games from Mumbai, we knew there’s going to be a lot of dew,” he added.
The 29-year-old expected the wicket to improve a bit in the second half but that did not happen. Albeit he was happy that they knew the total they had to score on the sticky surface in Chennai.