The highest profitable run chase on the Dubai International Stadium in Indian Premier League (IPL) historical past is 181 (by Chennai Super Kings towards Punjab Kings) in 2020. Statistically, the goal of 186 appeared far-fetched for Punjab Kings, however a strong 120-run opening stand, courtesy a flurry of sloppy fielding show by Royals, made the chase seem like a stroll within the park. But unexpectedly, in an area of simply 12 deliveries, Punjab noticed their hopes crashing, dropping by simply two runs regardless of having six wickets in hand.
KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal stitched their report fifth hundred-run partnership within the IPL, en path to a 71-ball 120 earlier than the captain, who was granted three lives contained in the powerplay, was dismissed on 49. Mayank by then had reached his ninth half-century, lacing seven boundaries and two sixes in his 67-run knock.
With 9 wickets in hand, and 49 extra deliveries to go, Punjab wanted solely 67 runs to finish the victory. The spectacular opening partnership was sufficient to cut back Punjab’s workload from a required price of 9.3 runs per over to eight.2.
Mayank departed six deliveries later, but Punjab remained in sight of victory. Aiden Markram, Punjab’s newest joinee who was roped in by advantage of his efficiency within the Sri Lanka T20I sequence, was joined by Nicholas Pooran, who is without doubt one of the greatest strikers of the ball, and the pair carried the momentum by, including 42 runs extra within the subsequent 4 overs.
The pair started the 18th over with a six into the highest tier towards Chris Morris, earlier than finishing their fifty-run partnership.
The equation additional lowered to eight off 12. Enter Mustafizur Rahman. On a pitch with a touch of grip, Mustafizur’s slower variations aren’t the batsman’s greatest good friend. He banged in a brief ball, then dished out a flurry of extensive yorkers whereas various his tempo, conceeding simply 4 singles within the penultimate over.
4 off 6 then. With two good boundary hitters within the center and Kartik Tyagi, who conceded 28 runs in his first three overs and has a demise over economic system price of 10.42, pacing in from one finish, the equation nonetheless appeared innocuous.
After mistiming the opening ball, Markram squeezed in a single off the second ball. But Punjab dugout was jolted within the very subsequent supply as Pooran was caught-behind off a yorker from Tyagi adopted by Deepak Hooda, who as nicely edged one behind. Tyagi went extensive once more together with his yorker and Fabian Allen could not do a lot as Royals pulled off the Houdini act whereas Punjab choked but once more.
This wasn’t the primary time Punjab have let slip the match from a profitable place. Back in 2020, at Sharjah, Rahul Tewatia’s inspirational knock 31-ball 53 noticed the Royals pulled off the best profitable chase in IPL historical past of 226 runs.
In the second half of the identical season, Punjab Kings collapsed from 115 for no loss in 14.2 overs to 162 for 5 in 20 overs to lose to Kolkata Knight Riders by simply two runs in Abu Dhabi.