After his team’s six-wicket defeat at the hands of Rajasthan Royals (RR), Punjab Kings (PBKS) skipper Mayank Agarwal lauded pacer Arshdeep Singh for his performance in the clash.
Chasing 190 to win, RR rode on opener Yashasvi Jaiswal’s 41-ball 68 to overhaul the target with two deliveries to spare at the Wankhede Stadium on Saturday (May 7).
Amid the onslaught, Arshdeep returned with impressive figures of 2 for 29 in his four overs, which included the prized scalp of Jaiswal.
Arshdeep scalped two wickets where he dismissed Jaiswal and Devdutt Padikkal to give Rajasthan a strong fight.
"I thought we got a very good score. In the middle overs we didn't stick to our bowling plans. They kept coming hard at us and kept scoring boundaries. Going through and through for 20 overs, they had the momentum on their side. Arshdeep has been nothing short of brilliant," said Mayank Agarwal in a post-match presentation.
"He puts his hand up when the team needs it. He has been a leader in the team and it has been fantastic for us. We have to make the best use of our resources. Jonny came out and batted exceptionally," he added.
After Jaiswal’s dismissal in the 15th over, Shimron Hetmyer rose to the occasion for the Royals, smashing 31 not out off 16 balls to take his team home.
Earlier, batting first, fifty from Jonny Bairstow (56*) and cameos from Jitesh Sharma (38*) and Liam Livingstone (22*) propelled Punjab Kings to a massive 189/5 in 20 overs.
(With ANI inputs)