Kings XI Punjab went by one more unlucky loss within the 24th match of the Indian Premier League (IPL) towards Kolkata Knight Riders at Abu Dhabi on Saturday. Chasing a 165-run goal, skipper KL Rahul and Myanak Agarwal went off to an excellent begin. They stitched a 100-plus opening stand and nearly took away the sport from the fingers of KKR.
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But shortly there was main twist within the play. The Dinesh Karthik-led aspect had the satan’s personal luck as Sunil Narine and Prasidh Krishna collectively scalped four wickets and took the sport residence by 2 runs.
This heart-wrenching defeat left KXIP captain dejected. He actually had no phrases to clarify the explanation of the loss, which arrive after toiling onerous. Rahul had ‘no answers’ to present.
“We started well, we got close, but honestly I have no answers. Just have to keep coming hard in the next seven and win a few,” KL Rahul stated on the post-match presentation.
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The skipper heaped praises on the bowling unit for bouncing back and proscribing KKR to 164/5. They executed the plans very properly and succeeded in selecting up early wickets.
“We bowled well, it’s the first game on this new strip, but the bowlers adapted well by swinging the ball early and getting wickets in the powerplay, which is the only way to keep them below 180. Even in the death they did well to mix it up, trying to bowl bouncers and bluff the batsmen with wide yorkers. That’s what we asked of them and they executed well,” he added.
Rahul agreed that loosing wickets in fast successions brought on their failure within the loss of life overs. They ultimately fell wanting the goal and misplaced the sport by a whisker.
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“We weren’t satisfied at any stage during the run-chase, you’re only satisfied when you win. Me and Mayank started off well, but if you lose wickets in clusters at the end, it’s hard to get over the line,” Rahul stated.
After dropping four matches on a row, they may face Virat Kohli-led Royal Challengers Bangalore subsequent on October 15, on the Sharjah Cricket Ground.