Aiden Markram’s six off Sunil Narine in the 16th over of Punjab’s innings, according to Sanjay Manjrekar, was the game’s turning point last night. On Friday night, it happened during their run chase against the Kolkata Knight Riders.
Captain Eoin Morgan decided to bring in his ace spinner Narine to bowl the 16th over because he needed another 45 runs off the last 30 balls to win. While the West Indians were successful in dismissing Markram, it was after the batsman had smoked him for a six over midwicket.
On the next delivery, Markram attempted an encore by slapping a wide, short delivery to deep extra-cover, but he proceeded to find the fielder to perfection.
Speaking to ESPNCricinfo, Manjrekar said Markram’s six changed the game’s balance in Punjab’s favor.
“There were several pivotal moments in the game, including umpiring decisions on Tripathi’s catch and Venkatesh Iyer’s boundary catch. But it was when Sunil Narine bowled his fourth over that things changed for me. That over was crucial because Narine has the ability to bowl for only 4-5 runs and take a wicket. Aiden Markram did not play a particularly impressive innings, but his six off Narine came at a crucial time for Punjab,” Manjrekar said. KL Rahul holed out in the deep in the last over of the innings, putting the Punjab Kings under pressure once more. Punjab were ultimately victorious thanks to Shah Rukh Khan’s whirlwind unbeaten 9-ball 22.
Sanjay Manjrekar: ‘Varun Chakravarthy has a role similar to Deepak Chahar or Trent Boult.’
Captain Morgan introduced mystery spinner Varun Chakravarthy in the powerplay and bowled him out in the 11th over of the innings.
At the cost of just 24 runs, the leg-spinner claimed the scalps of Mayank Agarwal and Nicholas Pooran. “Varun Chakravarthy has a similar role to Deepak Chahar or Trent Boult: pick wickets in the powerplаy,” Mаnjrekаr sаid when аsked аbout Morgаn’s thought process in bowling Chаkrаvаrthy out so eаrly in the innings. Morgаn used him up front becаuse Vаrun mаy not be аt eаse bowling in the bаckend. Although Mаyаnk Agаrwаl is а greаt spinner, Chаkrаvаrthy did а good job by tаking two wickets. Punjаb hаve kept their hopes of quаlifying for the plаyoffs аlive with а scrаppy five-wicket win. They will now fаce Virаt Kohli’s Royаl Chаllengers Bаngаlore in Shаrjаh on Sundаy. Q. Do you аgree with Sаnjаy Mаnjrekаr’s point of view?