IPL 2020: KXIP Will Rectify After Losing 1st Match Vs DC - Anil Kumble
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IPL 2020: KXIP Will Rectify After Losing 1st Match Vs DC – Anil Kumble

Anil Kumble
Anil Kumble

Anil Kumble, the head coach of KXIP said after losing the first match of the 13th edition of Indian Premier League (IPL), his team will rectify and make amends in the next game. Kings XI Punjab squandered an opportunity of winning at an advantageous position when Mayank Agarwal single-handedly almost took the game away from opposition Delhi Capitals by scoring 89 off only 60 balls. He was out on the penultimate ball when the scores were level.

Delhi Capitals defeated KXIP in the Super Over in IPL on Sunday. Both teams had scored 157 runs in the allotted 20 overs which took the match into the Super Over.

Delhi Capitals had lost pacer Ishant Sharma due to injury before the start of the match and spinner Ravichandran Ashwin was injured after bowling only one over but came out as eventual winners after the match went into super over.

Mayank Agarwal, KXIP, IPL
Mayank Agarwal. Image Credit: Getty Images.

Anil Kumble: Mayank Agarwal Batted Brilliantly

KXIP were well down and almost lost the game when they were reeling at 55/5 in the 10th over needing 103 runs from 10 overs to win, but Mayank Agarwal played a gem of an innings studded with seven boundaries and four sixes but still ended up on the losing side.

Anil Kumble
Anil Kumble. Image Credit: Getty Images.

“Really proud of the way we played today. The game was taken away in the last three overs when we bowled, but having said that once we were five down on 55/5 to sort of win the game. Mayank batted brilliantly,” Kumble said in a video posted by KXIP Twitter handle.

“Really disappointed towards the end. Maybe we should have won the game, unfortunately, it went to a Super Over and when you go to a Super Over, you at least need 10-12 runs that didn’t happen,” he added.

In the super over, KL Rahul and Nicholas Pooran were out within the first three balls and when KXIP had scored only two runs on board. Kagiso Rabada of DC bowled exceptionally well and kept a calm head in the super over.

It was extremely difficult for KXIP’s Mohammad Shami to defend two runs. Even Anil Kumble acknowledged the fact that KXIP needed to score at least 10-12 runs in super over which did not happen.

Anil Kumble: Delhi Capitals Played Well And Was Let Off The Hook

Delhi Capitals had not even crossed 100 run mark after 16 overs but Marcus Stoinis hit a whirlwind inning to lift them to 157/8. The last three overs saw 57 runs coming as Marcius Stoinis scored 53 off 21 balls.

Anil Kumble who had played for RCB in 2008-2010 in IPL admitted that Delhi Capitals played well and KXIP needs to improve upon the defects in the next game against RCB at Dubai on 24th September.

“Delhi played well as we left them off the hook a little bit, but having said that for the first game of the tournament, really satisfied with the way things have gone. It was a good start and I am sure we will be able to correct whatever little things we need to do on the field in the next game,” he concluded.

Marcus Stoinis And Kagiso Rabada
Marcus Stoinis And Kagiso Rabada.Image credits: First post

In the final over, KXIP needed 13 runs to win. Mayank Agarwal scored 12 runs off the first three balls but Marcus Stoinis made a stunning comeback as he bowled a dot ball before taking two wickets off the final two deliveries, taking the match into the Super Over. Mayank Agarwal was finally dismissed after scoring 89 runs off 60 balls.

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