Mayank Yadav picked up 3 wickets against PBKS© BCCI/Sportzpics

Making his Indian Premier League debut, 2 years since being signed by Lucknow Super Giants in the auction, Mayank Yadav delivered a match-winning performance with the ball as his franchise defeated Punjab Kings on Saturday. Mayank ripped through Punjab’s batting unit, bagging three important wickets. As Mayank made waves for the Super Giants on his maiden IPL outing, his IPL salary also became a big talking point on social media. Going by his performance, it’s fair to say that Mayank isn’t actually earning in accordance to what he offers.

The young pacer was signed for a paltry fee of INR 20 lakh in the IPL 2022 auction. He didn’t feature in even a single match that season and was ruled out of the 2023 campaign due to an injury. Expect the young pacer from Delhi to fetch a bumper contract in the IPL 2025 auction.

As for the match, in reply to LSG’s 199 runs, PBKS openers Shikhar Dhawan and Jonny Naistow started off the chase with a possitive and aggressive approach. Both batters put on a 50-run partnership in the 5.1 overs Dhawan slammed a boundary on the bowling of left-arm seamer Mohsin Khan.

Dhawan completed his fifty as he slammed a six on the bowling of right-arm leg spinner Ravi Bishnoi on the fourth ball of the eighth over.

Both the openers completed their 100-run partnership as Dhawan pushed the ball for the double on the second ball of the 11th over bowled by Bishnoi.

Mayank took his maiden wicket of his IPL career as he dismissed Bairstow on the fourth ball of the 12th over. The right-hand batter was sent back to the pavilion after scoring 42 runs off just 29 balls, which were laced with three fours and three sixes each in the innings. He built an outstanding partnership of 102 runs with Dhawan.

In the same over in which he dismissed Bairstow, the 21-year-old speedster bowled a fiery delivery to the PBKS skipper, which was 155.08 kms/hr.

Soon after the first wicket, the momentum shifted towards the LSG side. The young Indian bowler grabbed the wickets of Prabhsimran Singh and wicketkeeper-batter Jitesh Sharma in the 14th and 16th over respectively.

Young right arm pacer finished his first spell of IPL with a figures of 4-0-27-3.

With ANI inputs

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