KL Rahul said helium was not reminded of past year's heartbreak against Rajasthan Royals but conceded his bosom complaint was precocious erstwhile Sanju Samson was going aft Punjab Kings' bowlers successful a tense pursuit of 222 connected Monday successful Mumbai. Samson deed a 63-ball 119 but it was not capable arsenic Rahul's men sealed a 4-run win successful the last-over thriller.
Sanju Samson, who became the archetypal antheral to deed a 100 connected IPL captaincy debut, single-handedly took the Royals adjacent to the decorativeness enactment contempt their large guns Ben Stokes (0) and Jos Buttler (25) failing to get going successful the mammoth chase. Samson deed 7 sixes and 12 boundaries and brought the equation down to 22 runs from the past 2 overs.
However, Riley Meredith, who gave distant arsenic galore arsenic 41 runs successful his archetypal 3 overs, delivered a good penultimate over, giving distant conscionable 8 runs. Young Arshdeep Singh was handed implicit the work to vessel the last implicit and helium responded to KL Rahul's telephone brilliantly.
Arshdeep came into vessel erstwhile 13 runs were needed successful the past over. He gave a six to Samson successful the implicit but the Royals managed conscionable 8 runs, getting the wicket of the Royals skipper successful the last transportation of the match. Notably, Punjab Kings had mislaid contempt posting 222 against the Royals successful Sharjah successful IPL 2020 aft Rahul Tewatia played a blinder.
"Heart complaint was precocious but I didn't halt believing. We knew a mates of wickets would bring america back. Till archetypal 10-11 overs we bowled well. It was adjacent due to the fact that we dropped a fewer sitters, including me. As a bowling unit, we bowled arsenic we planned. When you're bowling against Sanju, it's difficult. We weren't reasoning of the past year's game," KL Rahul said.
"Great mode to start. We made immoderate mistakes. Bowled good successful patches, thing bowlers volition learn," helium added.
Deepak Hooda's 28-ball 54 was amazing: Rahul
Earlier successful the day, it was a KL Rahul amusement arsenic the Punjab Kings skipper proved his critics incorrect by striking astatine 180 for his 50-ball 91. Rahul missed his 3rd IPL 100 by 9 runs but helium showed a batch of intent, striking it large from the connection go. Rahul went for large deed successful his 90s earlier getting dismissed successful the 20th over.
Rahul stitched a 67-run basal with Chris Gayle for the 2nd wicket. After the West Indies prima departed for 40, Deepak Hooda took implicit and deed a stunning 28-ball 64. The all-rounder from Baroda was promoted to No. 4 up of Nicholas Pooran and helium proved his skipper close by hitting 6 sixes and 4 boundaries.
"Deepak Hooda's innings was amazing. That's the benignant of batting we privation to spot arsenic a team. We privation to bat fearlessly and instrumentality down bowlers. We person a batch of powerfulness successful our line-up but we've been tentatively slightly.
"Important for america to bat fearlessly, large to spot boys trying to recognize what we expect. And that they are feeling comfy to bash that role. Good with Hooda's batting, Gayle batted well," Rahul added.