Despite a loss vs SRH, Shikhar Dhawan achieves special feat in IPL history with his 99-run Knock
PBKS won both of their opening games. Punjab beat KKR and RR in their first two games, while SRH lost to RR and LSG and was searching for their first win. Aiden Markram won the toss and decided to bowl first.
PBKS had a horrible start, losing in-form Prabhsimran Singh on the very first ball of the game. Marco Jansen then dismissed Matthew Short (1) and Jitesh Sharma (4) in his next two overs. Sam Curran (22 off 15) looked good for a while and added 41 runs with Shikhar Dhawan.
But once that partnership got broken, PBKS lost quick wickets. They lost their nine wickets for just 88 runs in 14.6 overs and looked like they might get dismissed below 100 runs. But then, PBKS skipper added an unbeaten 55-run tenth wicket stand with Mohit Rathee (1*) who played only two balls in a 30-ball partnership.
Dhawan played a brilliant inning and remained unbeaten on 99 off 66 with 12 fours and five sixes to take Punjab to a respectable total of 143/9 in the first inning. The southpaw missed a well-deserved century by just one run.
With his inning, Dhawan became only the second batter in IPL history to bat with all his teammates in a single inning. Earlier, it was only Parthiv Patel who did it in 2019 for the Chennai Super Kings. For SRH, Mayank Markande took four wickets and ended up with a figure of 4/15.
Jansen and Umran Malik also took two wickets each. Chasing the target, Harry Brook (13) and Mayank Agarwal (21) couldn't score big, but the unbeaten third-wicket partnership of 100 runs between Rahul Tripathi (74*) off 48 and Markram (37* off 21) sealed the deal for Sunrisers, and they collected two important points on the table.