Cricketer-turned-commentator Aakash Chopra believes that Mayank Agarwal-led Punjab Kings (PBKS) will be untoppable in chasing any score in the IPL 2022. Punjab Kings outsmarted Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in their opening game as they chased 206 with one over to spare in a topsy-turvy game.
West Indies all-rounder Odean Smith provided the finishing touches to Punjab Kings in their fabulous paced chase of 206 with a blitz 8-ball 25. Smith was supported by Tamil Nadu batter Shahrukh Khan who landed a six and a boundary to Harshal Patel in the penultimate over to take his side past the finishing line.
Earlier in the innings, Mayank and opener Shikhar Dhawan (43) stitched an alliance of 71 runs for the opening wicket before the former departed to Wanindu Hasaranga in the eighth over. Sri Lanka wicketkeeper-batter Bhanuka Rajapaksa continued the flowing of runs and added 47 runs with Dhawan for the second wicket.
There is a lot of explosive power in PBKS’ batting: Aakash Chopra
Chopra is of the opinion that if Punjab opts to field first they will chase any enormous target with the depth of batting order they have at their disposal.
“There is a lot of explosive power in their batting. They can constantly smash the bowlers and can play a different brand of cricket.
“If the Punjab Kings win the toss, it will be almost impossible to stop them. Because while chasing, they could be the most explosive team in the tournament itself,” Chopra said on his YouTube channel.
KKR vs PBKS: I don’t think Shikhar Dhawan will score a fifty: Aakash Chopra
Chopra also feels that Dhawan won’t score a 50-plus score against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in their next game. The former Indian player said KKR pacer Umesh Yadav, who has been phenomenal with the new ball in the last two games, will pose threat to Dhawan in their battle.
“I don’t think Shikhar Dhawan will score a fifty. Umesh Yadav has that ability (to swing the ball). If Shikhar bats in the second innings then the chances of him getting out early increases. So according to my opinion, he won’t score a fifty,” he said.
PBKS will play against KKR on Friday (April 1) at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.