Punjab Kings (PBKS) skipper KL Rahul's poor run of form at the Narendra Modi Stadium continued as he was dismissed for an uncharacteristic knock of 19 off 20 balls. In an attempt to up the ante, Rahul tried to smash fast bowler Pat Cummins over mid-on, but couldn't time the ball well and was caught by Sunil Narine.
KL Rahul has struggled at this iconic venue even while playing for Team India. In the recently-concluded T20I series between the Men In Blue and England, the 29-year-old scored just 15 runs in four innings and was dropped for the final game.
With the likes of Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli doing well at the top of the order so far for their respective IPL teams, KL Rahul's inability to get off to a flyer might add serious question marks over his place in the Indian team for the upcoming T20 World Cup.
Twitter trolls KL Rahul for his poor form in Ahmedabad
Fans trolled KL Rahul for once again failing at the Narendra Modi Stadium. They believe his slow batting puts immense pressure on Mayank Agarwal and the other PBKS batsmen to score quickly. Some also feel the 29-year-old doesn't deserve to be in the Indian team for the showpiece event later this year.
Here's how Twitter reacted to KL Rahul's repeated failures and poor strike-rate:
KL Rahul's wicket certainly came at the wrong time for PBKS as the powerplay restrictions ended after the sixth over. Universe Boss Chris Gayle had to walk out to bat with no momentum to the PBKS innings. Young Shivam Mavi got the big Jamaican caught behind quickly and put PBKS in a spot of bother.
At the time of writing, PBKS are struggling to give their innings any sort of impetus. They will be hoping that the likes of Nicholas Pooran and others will be able to get them to a competitive score.