Mayank Agarwal, who led the team in KL Rahul’s absence, could not complete a century by just one run, but his unbeaten 99-run knock helped Punjab Kings to a challenging score of 166 for 6 against Delhi Capitals. Agarwal held one end from the start and hit eight fours and four sixes in his 58-ball innings. With his mighty innings, Punjab managed to score 76 runs in the final six overs.
Not only this, he is the third batsman to return unbeaten on 99 runs in the IPL. Suresh Raina and Chris Gayle have done this before them. On the other hand, Aggarwal is the sixth batsman in the IPL to end his innings at 99 runs. Punjab Kings missed Rahul in the top order. Rahul will not be able to lead the team in the next few matches due to appendicitis.
Kagiso Rabada (3 for 36) took advantage of this, dismissing Prabhasimran Singh (12 off 16 balls) and then Chris Gayle (13 off nine balls) to take his place. Punjab were able to score 39 runs for two wickets in the Powerplay. Rabada’s high-speed ball thrashed Gayle’s middle stump and won the battle between these two maharathis. Aggarwal held one end and led the team to 166 runs despite successive wickets falling at the other end.