IPL 2022: Punjab Kings pacer Kagiso Rabada was elated after starring in his team’s 8-wicket win over Gujarat Titans in Mumbai on Tuesday.
Kagiso Rabada (left) picked up a 4-wicket haul in Punjab Kings’ win over Gujarat Titans (Courtesy of BCCI/PTI)
- Kagiso Rabada picked a four-wicket haul in PBKS’ win over Gujarat
- Punjab Kings ended their five-match losing streak with a comprehensive win on Tuesday
- Rabada lauded fellow pacer Arshdeep for consistent good performance in death overs
Punjab Kings star pacer Kagiso Rabada was relieved to contribute in his team’s 8-wicket win over Gujarat Titans in the 48th match of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 in Mumbai on Tuesday.
Rabada put on an exceptional performance with the ball for Punjab Kings and finished with excellent figures of 4/33 to restrict Gujarat Titans to a modest total of 143.
Shikhar Dhawan (62 not out off 53 balls) then scored his third half-century of the season and got good support from Sri Lankan Bhanuka Rajapaksa (40 off 28), who entertained with five fours and a six.
Liam Livingstone (30 not out off 10) displayed some brutal hitting towards the end of the chase and smashed premier India pacer Mohammad Shami for four sixes including a monstrous 117m hit over deep square leg. The 16th over going for 30 runs also gave a big boost to PBKS’ net run rate.
Rabada dismissed Wriddhiman Saha to put a break to Gujarat Titans’ innings in the powerplay. The star pacer then returned to dismiss Rahul Tewatia and Rashid Khan on consecutive deliveries to break the back of GT’s batting.
Rabada also removed Lockie Ferguson at the back end of the innings. Rabada’s 4 wicket haul took him to the 3rd spot in the purple cap list. He now has 17 wickets from 9 games.
RABADA PRAISES ARSHDEEP
Rabada was full of praises for teammate Arshdeep Singh, who may not have the wickets to show his name but he has been amongst the best death bowlers in the season so far.
“He’s got a lot of nerve, he has shown that, especially in the death overs. He reads the game well, he’s able to execute his skill and he’s done it game in game out. He knows what he wants to work on, I am not saying too much to him”, Rabada said.
On his own performance he said, “As a bowler, you have to bowl in all stages of the game. It’s about figuring out how to be the most effective in each stage of the game.”
Punjab won their first game after a string of losses and Rabada on that said, “Finally we got the win. After being a bit inconsistent, we just wanted to string a couple of wins under our belt. We bowled well to restrict them. Our batters did the job. As a team, we had a good outing.”
PBKS are now 5th on the points table with 10 points.