The saga of run-outs continue in the 14th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL). This time it was Punjab Kings who lost their all-rounder Deepak Hooda owing to a terrible mix-up in the middle. Punjab Kings are up against Delhi Capitals (DC) in the first reverse fixture of IPL 2021 at the Narendra Modi Cricket Stadium in Ahmedabad.
Entering the contest, Punjab was dealt with a massive blow as their skipper KL Rahul was hospitalized and is uncertain for upcoming games. Mayank Agarwal walked in the middle as the stand-in skipper for Punjab. The toss went Rishabh Pant’s way and he invited PBKS to put a total on the board.
Batting first, both the opening batters, Prabhsimran Singh and Mayank Agarwal, looked in good touch as the ball was coming on the bat nicely. However, Kagiso Rabada seemed to have regained his form with the ball as he gave the first breakthrough to the Capitals. The speedster picked the wicket of Prabhsimran in the fourth over when he was playing at 12.
The struggle for PBKS continued as Chris Gayle, who came to bat at number three, failed to read a delivery by Rabada and the South African star uprooted the stumps of the explosive power-hitter. It was a big blow for Punjab but Dawid Malan and the newly-appointed skipper Mayank tried to stabilize the innings.
Another failure for Hooda
Both the batters stitched a crucial partnership of 52 runs on the scoreboard. However, Malan left Mayank alone in the middle as he marched back to the pavilion after scoring 26 runs. Malan was soon followed by Deepak Hooda who lost his wicket owing to a disastrous run-out.
The incident took place on the third ball of the 14th over by Axar Patel. Mayank punched the ball towards the fielder Shimron Hetmyer and ran to take a quick single. Hooda, who was standing at the non-striker’s end, also ran to support the skipper but mid-way he decided to take a u-turn as Hetmyer got hold of the ball andthrew it towards Axar Patel.
However, Mayank didn’t stop running and both the batsmen started running towards the bowler’s end. Meanwhile, Axar collected the ball and dismantled the stumps. But as Hooda was ahead of Mayank, he was declared run-out. This brought an end to Deepak Hooda’s innings as he walked back after scoring 1 off 1. Meanwhile, PBKS managed to score 166 runs in their 20 overs on the back of stunning 99* from Mayank Agarwal.