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"When Mayank Agarwal plays, Punjab Kings look a different team" - Aakash Chopra on the PBKS skipper's enterprising knock against MI

Mayank Agarwal scored a belligerent half-century during the Punjab Kings' innings [P/C: iplt20.com]
Mayank Agarwal scored a belligerent half-century during the Punjab Kings' innings [P/C: iplt20.com]
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Aakash Chopra has lauded Mayank Agarwal for playing a captain's knock for the Punjab Kings (PBKS) in last night's IPL 2022 encounter against the Mumbai Indians (MI).

Agarwal smashed 52 runs off just 32 balls and stitched together a 97-run opening wicket partnership with Shikhar Dhawan in less than 10 overs. PBKS went on to post a massive 198/5 on the board and eventually won the match by 12 runs.

In a video shared on his YouTube channel, Chopra reflected on the Punjab Kings' batting performance. While lauding Dhawan's game-defining knock, he said the following about Agarwal:

"The captain played a captain's knock. Mayank came and shone, fours and sixes galore. He is that kind of a player, team before self. When Mayank Agarwal plays, Punjab Kings look a different team, whether it is Rahul or Shikhar Dhawan along with him."
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The former India cricketer pointed out that Jonny Bairstow and Liam Livingstone's quick dismissals after Agarwal's departure had set PBKS slightly back. He elaborated:

"When he got out, Jonny Bairstow came but he couldn't play for long. After that, Liam Livingstone - what a yorker it was, there is no one like Jasprit Bumrah. When he bowls a yorker like that, he makes the batter go astray."

Bairstow inside-edged a Jaydev Unadkat delivery onto his stumps after having scored 12 runs. Livingstone was beaten all ends up by a Jasprit Bumrah yorker that knocked back his stumps.

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"What a find" - Aakash Chopra on Jitesh Sharma's explosive knock for the Punjab Kings

Jitesh Sharma provided the late flourish to the PBKS innings [P/C: iplt20.com]
Jitesh Sharma provided the late flourish to the PBKS innings [P/C: iplt20.com]

Aakash Chopra lauded Jitesh Sharma for playing a blazing knock. He also highlighted that the wicketkeeper-batter was even promoted ahead of Shahrukh Khan, Punjab Kings' big-ticket buy at the IPL 2022 Auction.

Chopra observed:

"But after that, comes Jitesh Sharma, what a find. In fact, Shahrukh Khan was the big investment but you are sending Jitesh Sharma first. He batted amazingly well, once again the game-changing innings."

The reputed commentator concluded by pointing out that Sharma's knock and a couple of big hits from Khan took PBKS to a more formidable score. He stated:

"What is looking like 170 or 180, you reached 198. Shahrukh Khan also hit two or three sixes towards the end."
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Sharma and Khan's efforts helped PBKS score 47 runs in the last three overs of their innings. The duo's contributions turned out to be the telling difference in the encounter.


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Edited by Rachel Syiemlieh
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