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Mayank doing better, ready to be back: Shikhar Dhawan

Agarwal injured his toe in training and in his absence, Dhawan led the side against SRH, which they lost by seven wickets.

By: PTI |
Updated: April 17, 2022 10:16:12 pm
Shikhar Dhawan ipl 2022, Bhuvneshwar Kumar ipl 2022, ipl 2022, sports news, indian expressAgarwal injured his toe in training and in his absence, Dhawan led the side against SRH, which they lost by seven wickets. (File)

Punjab Kings skipper Mayank Agarwal, who missed their IPL match against Sunrisers Hyderabad on Sunday with a toe injury, is doing better and should be back soon, the team’s opener Shikhar Dhawan said.

Agarwal injured his toe in training and in his absence, Dhawan led the side against SRH, which they lost by seven wickets. “Mayank is better and he should be ready to be back,” Dhawan told the host broadcasters in the post-match ceremony.

Liam Livingstone struck a brisk fifty after an early collapse but Sunrisers Hyderabad lost four wickets in the final over to be bundled out for a below-par 151. “We were 30-40 runs short and lost too many early wickets which put us behind the game. The early wickets meant we had to hold wickets and that’s where we had to mould our game. There was a middle order recovery but the early wickets cost us,” Dhawan said.

Rising pacer Umran Malik produced a rare four-wicket maiden en route to his match-winning 4/28 and their South African batter Aiden Markram was all praise for the young bowler. “He’s been on fire, it’s great to have in our armoury. Thankfully, I don’t have to face him in the middle,” Markram said.

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“He’s growing from game to game. Credit to his attitude, the work that he’s doing with Dale Steyn, he gives his 125 per cent, also asks very good questions. I’ve got no doubt he will do well going forward.” Punjab Kings take on Delhi Capitals in their next match on April 20.

Watching Umran bowl fast and get wickets is a joy: Bhuvneshwar

Sunrisers Hyderabad’s seasoned seamer Bhuvneshwar Kumar on Sunday praised his younger pace colleague Umran Malik, saying watching him bowl fast “is a joy”. Bhuvneshwar (3/22) and Umran (4/28) combined to bundle out Punjab Kings for 151 in their IPL game here, paving the way for their team’s seven-wicket victory.

Asked about Umran, India seamer Bhuvneshwar said in a lighter vein, “More than (Umran) helping me, it means I am a target as batters think I’m slower. “But watching him bowl fast and get wickets is a joy. Hope the others going after me leads to wickets and not boundaries (smiles).”

Bhuvneshwar gave SRH a perfect start as he dismissed seasoned opener, Shikhar Dhawan, in the third over. “There was no swing so I looked to hit back of a length. That was my plan against Shikhar as I knew he would step out and look for the boundary. I looked to hit a hard length and find the top edge and luckily that’s what happened, I looked to play with my field as well.

“I try to bowl to the batter’s weakness or to the ground’s dimensions. The wicket and my skills are what I look at,” Bhuvneshwar said. Leading the team in the absence of regular skipper Mayank Agarwal, who missed the game due to a toe injury, Dhawan said losing early wickets hurt them.

“Mayank is better and he should be ready to be back. We were 30-40 runs short and lost too many early wickets which put us behind the game. The early wickets meant we had to hold wickets and that’s where we had to mould our game,” Dhawan said.

“There was a middle order recovery but the early wickets cost us. The wicket had extra-bounce to which we were late to adjust. The discussion with the batting will be to save wickets till the 13th-14th over, the bowlers are doing well.

“We need to put up complete performances and hopefully a 3-4 game turnaround which can change a season will come in,” Dhawan said.

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