Kings XI Punjab went through another unfortunate defeat in the 24th match of the Indian Premier League (IPL) against Kolkata Knight Riders in Abu Dhabi on Saturday. Chasing a target of 165 runs, captain KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal got off to a great start. He stitches on the 100-plus opening stand and almost snatches the game out of KKR’s hands.
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But soon the play took a big turn. The Devils had their own fortunes as Sunil Narine led by Dinesh Karthik and Prasad Krishna collectively took 4 wickets to win the game by 2 runs.
This heartbreaking defeat ejected the captain of KXIP. He certainly had no words to explain the cause of the loss, which came after hard work. Rahul had ‘no answer’ to give.
“We started well, we came close, but honestly I have no answer. KL Rahul said in the post-match presentation, “Keep working hard in the next seven and win some.”
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On the bowling unit, the captain bounced back and stopped KKR at 164/5. He executed the plans very well and was successful in taking the early wickets.
He said, “We bowled well, this is the first game on this new strip, but the bowlers did well by swinging the ball early and getting wickets in the powerplay, which is the only way to keep them below 180. Even That he did well in the death. Mix it up, try to bowl the bouncers and feed the batsmen with a wide yorker. We asked him and he did well.
Rahul agreed that taking successive wickets quickly resulted in his failure in the death overs. They eventually fell short of goal and lost the game with a mustache.
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“We were not satisfied at any stage during the run-chase, you are only satisfied when you win. Me and Mayank started well, but if you lose wickets in the cluster at the end, it is difficult to get to the line, ”said Rahul.
After losing 4 matches in a row, they will take on Virat Kohli-led Royal Challengers Bangalore at the Sharjah Cricket Ground on 15 October.
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