The difference between the average player and the special one is the ability to fightback during the most adverse of conditions. Mahela Jayawardena was under incredible pressure to perform today and he did.
Jayawardena’s 52 runs earned him the man of the match award. Most importantly he, along with Pathan, saw his franchise through to an important victory which put them at the top of the IPL points table.
The unnecessary risk taking was still evident in his stroke play. By which I mean the late cut for just one run. Why take a a risk cutting to third man to a ball pitched on middle for just one run?
Nevertheless, it was a fine innings by a classy batsman who needed to deliver.
Mahela attributed his return to form to the change in the batting order. He batted higher for Punjab this time at number four.