The match against Lucknow Super Giants was no less than a nightmare for the bowlers of Punjab Kings as the former put up a huge score of 257/5 on the score board which is the second highest score of the IPL history. The match was played yesterday at Punjab Cricket Association Stadium, Mohali, and the skipper of PBKS Shikhar Dhawan chose to bowl first after winning the toss as the PBKS team management must have hoped that dew effect would be helpful for them in the later part of the match.
However, things didn’t go as per the plans of PBKS and the LSG batters ripped apart the opposition bowling. Some brilliant knocks were played by Kyle Mayers (54 runs, 24 balls, 7 fours & 4 sixes), Ayush Badoni (43 runs, 24 balls, 3 fours & 3 sixes), Marcus Stoinis (72 runs, 40 balls, 6 fours & 5 sixes) and Nicholas Pooran (45 runs, 19 balls, 7 fours & 1 six) which helped LSG in putting up the second 250 plus score in the history of the IPL.
What hurt PBKS more was the amount of extras given by their bowlers, leader of the Punjab franchise’s pace bowling, Kagiso Rabada bowled two no-balls and two wides. Gurnoor Brar also gave two no-balls but as Kagiso is a senior cricketer, he is expected to bowl in a better and more responsible manner.
The former Kiwi cricketer Simon Doull was very upset with Kagiso Rabada and he slammed the pacer after he bowled the second no-ball which he did in 16th over which resulted in one extra run and a free hit for LSG.
Simon Doull states that such behaviour is unacceptable from an international player. He is of the opinion that Kagiso keeps pushing it all the time because even when he is behind the line, he is behind just by an inch.
PBKS fell short by 56 runs as the whole team got bundled up for 201 in 19.5 overs and LSG tasted their biggest win of the IPL.