Punjab Kings ended on the wrong side of the result on Tuesday in the 2021 VIVO Indian Premier League, as champions Mumbai Indians claimed a six-wicket victory over them in the penultimate over of the match. The defeat now leaves KL Rahul’s side needing wins in all their three league matches to qualify further in the competition. 

Despite the defeat, there were plenty of memorable moments for the Punjab Kings faithful in this game, as their bowlers produced a stellar fightback despite a sub par total on the board. One such moment came in the fourth over, when Ravi Bishnoi completely bamboozled Suryakumar Yadav with his googly in his very first over. 

Pitching well outside off-stump, the batsman played for the turn but the ball nipped back sharply, exposing a gap between bat and pad to crash into the stumps behind. Elated by that dismissal, Ravi Bishnoi spoke about the same in the post match press conference. 

“The delivery that I bowled to Surya (Suryakumar Yadav), the plan was just to test the new batsman with the googly straight away. As a new batsman, it can sometimes be difficult to play the googly as your first ball, if he picks it then well and good, if not then the plan was that the ball ends on the stumps and I get a wicket,” explained Bishnoi in his post match interview. 

“I have been practicing really hard on my googlies. Earlier, my googlies used to slide down the legs but I have been working on it with my coaches in Jodhpur to ensure I keep them on the stumps. Really glad to see those efforts pay off today where I managed to deceive the batsman through my bowling,” added Bishnoi. 

“The plan for both these games was to bowl wicket-to-wicket, and ensure all my deliveries end on the stumps and try to concede as few runs as possible. We still have three games to play, the goal will be to win all of them, let’s see how things pan out,” added the promising leg spinner.