IPL 2022: Punjab Kings Captain Mayank Agarwal Reveals Strategy That Helped Counter Mumbai Young Gun

When Punjab Kings went to match the Indian Premier League 2022 match against Mumbai Indians on Wednesday, all eyes were on skipper Mayank Agarwal. With scores of 1, 4 and 5, in the previous three games, the PBKS opener knew he had to face the five-time IPL champions to set the platform for his team. The right-handed batsman immediately showed his intent in the match, hitting Mumbai Indians pacer Basil Thampi for a boundary past the point on the first pitch of the match. It was just the beginning.

Mayank maintained a strike rate of over 100 throughout his innings, then took the lead in the 97-run opening score with Shikhar Dhawan. The right-handed batsman hit 52 runs in 32 balls with a massive 162.50 batting rate to help Punjab Kings take control of the match. His brilliant batting performance helped PBKS land a solid 198/5 total in 20 overs, setting up a tough target for the Mumbai Indians to hunt for their home soil.

The target proved too high for MI to chase and they could only muster 186/9 in response, losing the game by 12 runs. PBKS took their third win of the season, taking two points in the process and cementing their position in third spot in the IPL 2022 points table.

“I am very happy to have contributed to the team’s victory,” said Mayank, who was named Player of the Match for his achievement.

“We knew we had to get off to a good start and then consolidate. I made sure we kept the scoring percentage high and tried to keep putting pressure on the opposing bowlers. I was happy we could do that and held on. a big score. Also credit to our bowlers who bowed beautifully to defend the total and put a big win for us against a very strong team,” he added.

Mayank’s intelligent captaincy also became a focal point as Punjab Kings defended the total against MI. He rotated his bowlers and set up the field cleverly to ensure that PBKS continued to get wickets at crucial intervals. At one point, as Dewald Brevis and Tilak Varma were rounding the boundaries and shutting down the match, Mayank passed the ball to pacer Odean Smith, who managed to pick Brevis’ prized wicket for 49, and their side back into the box. match brought.

About his leadership skills, Mayank said: “I felt that the two young players Brevis and Tilak were looking for big shots. We felt that Smith could counter their intentions with slow, short balls, and that was the strategy we went for. .”

He added: “We knew we had to bring in our key bowlers and get that wicket, and we did, and that set the stage for us. Over.”

Mayank’s quick work on the field also helped Punjab Kings in the tight match. In the 13th over, he picked up the ball in the middle of the wicket and quickly threw it to the bowler’s end when he saw a mix-up between Tilak Varma and Suryakumar Yadav in the middle. Arshdeep Singh took the bails away and Tilak Varma was sacked for 36, turning the tide of the match completely in Punjab’s favour. The PBKS skipper also took two catches in the match, showing his abilities on the field.

“We needed a wicket and the run-out at that point was very crucial,” Mayank said. “We withdrew the game a bit there. It always feels good to get that crucial run-out in the game and help your team.”

Punjab Kings will face Sunrisers Hyderabad in the afternoon game next Sunday.

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