IPL 2019: Krunal Pandya had the opportunity to Mankad Kings XI Punjab batsman Mayank Agarwal in Mohali on Saturday. However, Krunal chose not to. Mayank smashed a 21-ball 43 and KXIP beat Mumbai Indians by 8 wickets.
IPL 2019: Krunal Pandya chose not to Mankad Mayank Agarwal during KXIP’s 8-wicket win over MI (@mipaltan Photo)
- Krunal Pandya did not Mankad Mayank Agarwal of KXIP who beat MI by 8 wickets
- Mayank scored a quick 43 to help KXIP gun down 177 against MI on Saturday
- KXIP skipper R Ashwin had sparked a controversy when he Mankaded Jos Buttler in Jaipur
Krunal Pandya won plaudits from the cricket fraternity after he did not Mankad Mayank Agarwal when he had the opportunity to do just that in the 10th over of Kings XI Punjab’s 177-run chase against Mumbai Indians in Mohali on Saturday.
Earlier this week, R Ashwin had sparked a controversy when he Mankaded Jos Buttler who was leading the charge for Rajasthan Royals in Jaipur. After R Ashwin controversially ran out Buttler, the Royals suffered a collapse and a lost a high-scoring game by 14 runs. | KXIP vs MI – Report | Highlights |
Ashwin was criticised severely by the likes of Eoin Morgan, Jason Roy, Shane Warne and Kevin Pietersen while several others felt he was well within his rights to Mankad a batsman who was trying to gain extra advantage at the non-striker’s end. The MCC also changed its stance and said Ashwin’s Mankading act wasn’t within the spirit of the game.
On Saturday, Krunal Pandya had the chance to Mankad Mayank Agarwal but he let it go.
Agarwal smashed 43 off 21 balls and starred in an 8-wicket win for Kings XI Punjab in their first home game of the 2019 IPL.
Former England captain Michael Vaughan lauded Krunal Pandya on Twitter. Several followers of the gave welcome Krunal Pandya for his action on social media.
Krunal could have been an opportunist to mankad Mayank Agarwal. It could have changed the complexion of the game. But he chose not to. That’s how it’s supposed to be. Hope you get it Mr. Ashwin. #KXIPvMI #IPL #IPL2019 #DCvKKR
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In their game at the Eden Gardens against Kolkata Knight Riders, KXIP’s Mayank Agarwal was spotted taking an extra step outside the crease at the non-striker’s end when Andre Russell was bowling.