Wasim Jaffer, Punjab Kings batting coach was relieved as his side pulled off a tense win against the Kolkata Knight Riders on Friday in Dubai. Wasim Jaffer opened up on the victory in a video uploaded by Punjab Kings’ official Twitter handle.
Punjab Kings were facing a potential loss from a winning position once again as the middle-order crumbled after a strong start. Things remained tense even as Punjab Kings needed only five runs off the final over. But Shahrukh Khan smashed a six off the third ball to gun down 166 with five wickets to spare.
Wasim Jaffer was pleased with PBKS’ efforts after they prevailed over the Kolkata Knight Riders. However, he admitted that Punjab Kings has made a habit of giving nervous moments.
“It was very tense as usual. We never make it easy for ourselves, so similar, but glad we came out on the right side of the game. So, very happy we pulled this one off.”
KL Rahul and his opening partner Mayank Agarwal set the platform for the run-chase with a 70-run stand. KL Rahul earned the man of the match award as he scored 67 off 55 deliveries. His run-tally rose to 489 in IPL 2021, earning him the orange cap. KL Rahul is the highest run-scorer in IPL 2021 so far amassing 489 runs in 11 matches averaging 54.33 with 5 fifties. He was the highest run-scorer in IPL 2020 too with 670 runs in 14 appearances averaging 55.83 with 1 ton and 5 fifties.
Wasim Jaffer: Shahrukh Khan Is An Exciting Talent
Wasim Jaffer also hailed middle-order batsman Shahrukh Khan for his invaluable cameo of 22 from nine balls that proved to be the vital difference in the end. The 43-year old was glad to see his hard work rewarded and hopes the franchise wins their last two matches.
“He is an exciting talent and he performed against Shahrukh’s team, which is a very unique thing. But I’m happy for him. He worked really hard coming into this game. But really happy that we went over the line finally, so hopefully fingers crossed for the next two games.”
Shahrukh Khan was one of the brightest young stars in the first half of IPL 2021. He contributed with vital cameos lower down the order for the team. In all, he scored 107 runs in 8 matches at an average of 21.40. He now has 129 runs from 9 matches in his debut IPL season averaging 25.8. Shahrukh Khan was part of the victorious Tamil Nadu team which won the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy 2021.
With five victories, the Punjab Kings surged to the fifth position in the points table. They still have an outside chance of reaching the playoffs but need to win handsomely against Chennai Super Kings and Royal Challengers Bangalore. PBKS though will not have the services of dashing batsman Chris Gayle who has decided to leave the IPL’s bio-secure environment due to bio-bubble fatigue.
Brief Scores: Punjab Kings 168/5 (KL Rahul 67, Mayank Agarwal 40; Varun Chakravarthy 2/24) beat Kolkata Knight Riders 165/7 (Venkatesh Iyer 67, Rahul Tripathi 34; Arshdeep Singh 3/32) by 5 wickets.