Mayank Agarwal
Mayank Agarwal. (Photograph Supply: IPL/BCCI)

Punjab Kings defeated Mumbai Indians by 12 runs on Wednesday (April 13) to report their third win within the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022. Momentum loved a rollercoaster journey within the conflict because the proceedings went proper right down to the wire. Nevertheless, PBKS bowlers held their nerves within the last overs and efficiently defended 198 on the Maharashtra Cricket Affiliation Stadium (MCA) in Pune.

This was an necessary win for PBKS as they’d suffered a heartbreaking six-wicket defeat by the hands of Gujarat Titans of their earlier fixture. Nevertheless, they put up a scientific present this time round because the five-time champions suffered their fifth successive defeat. Skipper Mayank Agarwal was the chief architect of PBKS’ triumph as he attacked bowlers from the outset and slammed his maiden half-century of the season.

Very pleased to contribute to the crew’s win: Mayank Agarwal

Total, he scored 52 off 32 deliveries as PBKS posted 198/5 whereas batting first. As PBKS crossed the road, Mayank was adjudged the Participant of the Match and he was elated with the consequence. Whereas Mayank maintained his stance to play attacking cricket, the 31-year-old asserted that the batters had been much more cautious and conscious this time round.

“It was a great night time, very pleased to contribute to the crew’s win. The essential factor for us was the 2 factors. There have been plenty of essential moments and most of the time, we had been nailing and successful these moments,” Agarwal stated within the post-match presentation ceremony.

“When the sport was 50-50, we received these moments and it got here in the direction of us. It wasn’t batting alone, it was durations within the recreation. That’s the model of cricket we need to play, we need to play aggressive, arduous cricket. With that, we obtained to point out a great mindset. We had been lots smarter as nicely,” he added.

In the meantime, PBKS have scored in extra of 180 in 4 of the 5 video games up to now. Nevertheless, the batters performed with a revised technique in opposition to MI.

“Within the final recreation in opposition to Gujarat, we gave wickets to Rashid (Khan) when it wasn’t required. This time, we had been much more conscious, we had been much more cautious and made certain that we didn’t try to give wickets to their principal bowlers. We’ve spoken about within the crew – If it’s your day, you bought to take the crew by.”

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