Punjab Kings (PBKS) wicketkeeper-batter Bhanuka Rajapaksa, who had earlier withdrawn his retirement from worldwide cricket, mentioned that he was instructed to take action by the Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) board. Rajapaksa has been in blistering kind for PBKS within the, as he has scored a complete of 75 runs in simply two matches, at a strike charge of 238.70. He performed a robust knock of 31 runs off simply 9 balls towards Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) on Friday, on the Wankhede stadium in Mumbai.
“I needed to withdraw my retirement letter as a result of I used to be instructed to take action by SLC, as I might serve the nation extra. It is simply that I’m all similar, I’ve been match with my working. I solely received points with my pores and skin folds due to which I couldn’t symbolize my nation and meet the health requirements,” mentioned Rajapaksa throughout a post-match press convention.
“I labored on my sport a bit extra. I have never performed cricket for nearly about 4 months, until I got here to IPL as a result of I missed out on the Australia tour and later the India collection again dwelling. So, I wished to return right here and fulfill myself. I like enjoying cricket and would proceed doing issues that I’ve been doing prior to now,” he added.
Andre Russell’s unbeaten knock of 70 from 31 balls helped KKR rating 141/4 in 14.3 overs in reply to PBKS 137 to register a six-wicket victory and make a mockery of the chase at Wankhede Stadium on Friday.
“The plan for us was to occupy the crease for a very long time and put up a very good rating on the board. As we knew that Knight Riders are a really sturdy staff and we all know the ability of Russ (Russell) and Billings. However sadly, we misplaced some wickets within the center and that is the place we have to work on. I’m positive the boys will bounce again within the subsequent sport,” mentioned the wicketkeeper-batter.
PBKS had been bowled out for a modest 137 in 18.2 overs as Umesh Yadav bagged 4 wickets for 23 runs to earn the ‘Participant of the Match’ award.
Punjab began off aggressively regardless of dropping their captain Mayank Agarwal within the very first over to Umesh Yadav however Bhanuka Rajapaksa’s 31-run knock-off 9 balls helped 2014 finalists attain the 50-run mark in simply 4.4 overs.
The 2-time champions KKR received wickets at common intervals and didn’t permit any partnership to flourish.
Sunil Narine and Varun Chakaravarthy bowled eight overs amongst themselves and conceded solely 37 runs with Chakaravarthy conceding solely 14 in his 4 overs.
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