On match number no 53 of the VIVO Indian Premier League, between Chennai Super Kings and Punjab Kings, it was KL Rahul who won the toss in a game which is necessary for Punjab to win if they want to stand any chance of making it to the playoffs this year as the race to the last spot still remains in a very tight position. He send MS Dhoni’s troops to bat in a pitch that was likely favouring the batting side in a crucial match for both teams. Openers Ruturaj Gaikwad and Faf du Plessis got to a slow start surprisingly in the initial opening overs. Later Punjab struck by getting Ruturaj Gaikwad cheaply sending him back to the pavilion.
The plan for Chennai Super Kings really didn’t work well even after the presence of Moeen Ali, as he also got out cheaply by Arshdeep Singh. The game really changed then for Punjab Kings when they got the middle-order batting unit out for a very few runs. Ambati Rayudu, captain MS Dhoni and Robin Uthappa were sent back early into the dressing room. Ravi Bishnoi took the CSK captain’s wicket as the former Indian skipper once again got caught in the web of spin.
In the end, he scored a much-needed and brilliant 76 runs off 55 runs as they went on to put up a score of 134-6 in their innings. With this score, Faf du Plessis took over the lead of the Orange Cap with a big score of 546 runs and is ahead of Ruturaj Gaikwad and KL Rahul in the race. He also scored his fifth half-century of this season.
So the Orange cap went from KL Rahul to Ruturaj Gaikwad to Faf du Plessis and back to Rahul this game 🙃 🔃 pic.twitter.com/tin4DsPVoV
— ESPNcricinfo (@ESPNcricinfo) October 7, 2021
As soon as the second half started it was Punjab Kings skipper KL Rahul who started off with a bang. He kept on hitting boundaries to keep the scoreboard ticking and also to increase PBKS net run rate which will help them to qualify for the playoffs of the 2021 season. Scoring 37 off just 17 balls inside the powerplay makes him the new orange cap holder as he grabs it from the current South African opener Faf du Plessis.
— Punjab Kings (@PunjabKingsIPL) October 7, 2021