KL Rahulexplosive opening stand with Mayank Agarwal went in vain as the Punjab Kings suffered a 6-weekend defeat to last year’s runner-up Delhi Capitals on Sunday. Agarwal, who was more aggressive than the two Karnataka boys, smashed 69 of 36 deliveries, while Rahul scored 51-ball 61.
The two managed to get PBKS to 59 tracks in powerplay, helping the Punjab crew to post a frightening 195/4 on board. However, Dhawan’s 92s overshadowed the stand of the century as Delhi drove the total with 10 spare deliveries.
PBKS skipper Rahul described the loss as “slightly disappointing and hoped his side would bounce back.” He also congratulated Delhi as he praised Davan’s winning match.
“The victory (on his birthday) would have been sweet, so it’s a little disappointing. But we have a lot of games, so we hope to come back stronger and win a few games.
“At the moment it seems that 10-15 runs are short, but I think the 190s looked good. Mayank and I thought 180-190 would be great for this leash. Shihar was fighting well, so congratulations to them. the second bowling is always a challenge, “Rahul said in the presentation after the match.
Rahul also repeated Simon Doull’s offer and said he had asked the referees to change the ball several times while it was wet. However, there is no provision for it.
“We are preparing for such conditions. It is difficult against these quality fighters. I do not say this because I am on the losing side. The bowlers try to play with the wet ball, but it is always difficult to do so. I asked the referees to change the ball several times (so as it was wet), but the regulations do not allow this, “he added.
Rishabh Pant also praised Dhawan, saying the left-handed opener was doing a commendable job for the franchise. In their previous match against Rajasthan Royals, Delhi suffered a three-goal defeat. Now they have climbed to second place in the points table after winning two of their first three games this season.
“Coming from a loss, winning the next game was important. We were already starting to enjoy the captaincy. But in the beginning we were under pressure, the weekend didn’t do much. The bowlers did a good job, keeping them up to 190. What is he (Dhawan) giving? The team is commendable. You want to keep the light on so that people can enjoy their cricket, “said the winning captain.