Delhi Capitals (DC) finally managed to crack the Kotla puzzle as they beat Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) by five wickets at the Feroz Shah Kotla in Delhi. Meanwhile, this is Delhi’s first win against Punjab in the last five games. Following their loss, Punjab skipper Ravichandran Ashwin said that there were not enough runs on the board to defend with the dew coming in.
Meanwhile, Shreyas Iyer and Shikhar Dhawan shared a match-winning stand to chase down the target of 163 runs set by Kings XI Punjab banking on Chris Gayle’s quickfire 69. However, the runs dried up with the departure of the big Jamaican hitter. Once Gayle got out in the 12th over, Punjab could manage only 58 runs in the last overs. Ravichandran Ashwin they didn’t have enough runs and the dew made it tough for the bowlers to grip the ball.
Ashwin also added that the absence of Mujeeb-ur-Rahman has made a huge difference in the team combination. But, Ravichandran Ashwin also added that they have the talent to back his absence; however, they didn’t had the runs on the board.
“I thought it was just below par because of the dew. It was quite hard to grip the ball for the spinners. We lost too many wickets in the middle despite Gayle playing a brilliant knock. Someone like Mujeeb is a very important player for us. It happened last year as well, he got a soft tissue injury. It was quite disappointing from that angle. But having said we have enough talent to back him up but unfortunately we didn’t have enough runs on the board today,” Ashwin said at the end of the game.
Shreyas batted very well
Furthermore, Ravichandran Ashwin credited Shreyas Iyer for playing a match-winning knock. The Punjab skipper said they gave away easy boundaries which took the game away from them. However, Ashwin is still upbeat about thier chances and said that they need to catch the momentum from tomorrow.
“We were giving away one or two soft boundaries and we need to be tight there. If we had 12-13 in the last over, we would have fancied ourselves. Credit to Shreyas. He held his nerve and batted through. He (Harpreet) has come a long way in a year or so. He has picked a lot of wickets in junior cricket. We have played quite well in the 10 games, won a few and lost a few. This tournament is all about stringing wins together and we need to catch the momentum now,” he concluded.