Punjab Kings’ (PBKS) stand-in captain Mayank Agarwal stated the dearth of runs within the middle-overs price his facet in its seven-wicket loss to Delhi Capitals in Ahmedabad on Sunday.
Mayank, who took cost within the absence of an injured KL Rahul, smashed an unbeaten 99 to steer a shaky Punjab to 166 for six. The Capitals’ chase was then led by blistering begins from openers Shikhar Dhawan (68 n.o.) and Prithvi Shaw (39). DC sealed the win in 17.4 overs. Agarwal added that Punjab was brief on runs in opposition to a robust Delhi facet on a batting-friendly wicket.
“Would’ve liked two points but I guess we were about 10 runs short on that wicket. And the kind of powerplay they (Delhi) had, we really had to scrap and fight. One batsman has to bat through, that was my plan. Unfortunately we didn’t get too many in the middle overs, even though we finished well. Would have loved two points more than anything else,” Mayank stated.
The 30-year-old, who was on his IPL captaincy debut, confirmed that Rahul will endure surgical procedure after being identified with acute appendicitis. “KL Rahul is going for a surgery and hopefully he should be back. Managing the ups and downs is what captaincy’s all about. We need to keep at it and click as a team,” he added.
Pant lauds openers Dhawan and Shaw
Speaking after the win that noticed his facet transfer to the highest of the factors desk, Delhi skipper Rishabh Pant stated: “I think Shikhy (Dhawan) bhai and Prithvi (Shaw) gave us a very good start, that’s why the innings looked much better. The first innings it was really gripping. The way they started was commendable. It feels so good when you have a great start each and every match with a mixture of youth and experience. Most things are sorted out but we need to try out a few options for the Kolkata matches. We are trying to make an environment where everyone feels good.”
Delhi will now take pleasure in a five-day break earlier than returning to tackle Kolkata Knight Riders. Meanwhile, the sixth-placed Punjab Kings will meet Royal Challengers Bangalore on Thursday.