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‘Khali pace se kuch nahi hota bhai’ – Fan react to Irfan Pathan’s statement of SRH being unable to manage Umran Malik well

Umran Malik warmed the benches for SRH as LSG stole a straight-forward win by 7 wickets

Irfan Pathan and Umran Malik

The action returned in the sixteenth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) with a doubleheader on Saturday. The day’s first game saw Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) beat Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) by 7 wickets in a dominant batting performance. The second game featured the Delhi Capitals hosting the Punjab Kings in the Arun Jaitley Stadium.

Regarding the first game, SRH decided to sit out their fastest bowler, Umran Malik. Following the decision, Irfan Pathan chose to weigh in with his opinion. Irfan Pathan was the coach of Jammu and Kashmir when Umran Malik first appeared on the IPL stage. Irfan is disappointed that SRH hasn’t used the quick bowler in recent games because he knew him very well. The former Indian pacer said on Twitter, “League’s fastest bowler sitting out baffles me. Umran Malik wasn’t handled well by his team.”

LSG defeated SRH by 7 wickets in IPL 2023

Talking of the game, SRH won the toss and decided to bat first. They posted a competitive 182/6 within their 20 overs, riding on handy contributions from Heinrich Klaasen (47 off 29), Abdul Samad (37 off 25) and Anmolpreet Singh (36 off 27). For LSG, skipper Krunal Pandya returned with the best bowling figures of 2/24 in his four overs, while four of their bowlers scalped one wicket apiece.

In reply, LSG chased the target down with four balls to spare. Prerak Mankad remained not out at 64 off 45 while Nicholas Pooran played one of his signature knocks, slamming 44* off 13 to take their team over the finish line by 7 wickets. For SRH, Glenn Phillips, Mayank Markande and Abhishek Sharma returned with one wicket each.

Next, in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023, fans will be treated to another doubleheader on Sunday. The first game will see Rajasthan Royals (RR) host Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in a must-win match at Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur. The second game post a similar situation for the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), who’ll be hosted by the Chennai Super Kings (CSK).

Here’s how fans reacted to Irfan Khan’s statements:  

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