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After a slow start, Mayank Agarwal finally looked to have got into his groove but before he could inflict any bigger damage on Rajasthan Royals, Dhawal Kulkarni pulled off a stunner to send him back. Agarwal had joined Chris Gayle in the middle very early after KL Rahul departed with just 5 runs on the board. With the team in precarious situation, Agarwal took his time early on.
He was batting on 16 off 20 balls before opened his arm by hitting Jaydev Unadkat for a big six at long on. He then tried to clear the boundary once again in the very next over bowled by K Gowtham but before the ball could cross the boundary rope, Kulkarni plucked a blinder. It was not the typical catches that players take nowadays near the ropes while being airborne but it was definitely a brilliant one.
Agarwal would have thought he had done enough when he cleared his front leg and lofted Gowtham over mid-off. But the connection was perhaps not that good as the ball went very high but could not cover a long distance. The ball was still looking set to clear the ropes but Dhawal Kulkarni judged the catch perfectly and held the ball brilliantly right at the edge of the rope. He then balanced himself superbly to make sure Agarwal goes back to the pavilion.
Here is a clip of that stunner:
— KhurShah (@ShahKhur) March 25, 2019
Kings XI Punjab, meanwhile, will be hoping that Chris Gayle once again deliver for them as they seek a winning start to the campaign. The stats are firmly against them as they have never beaten Rajasthan Royals in Jaipur.