There have been many great batting collapse incidents in the past years of the cricketing history. However, what happened yesterday to the Delhi Capitals (DC) in Mohali was just unreal. The home team, Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) batted first and the hosts somehow managed to reach a fighting total of 166 runs. In the chase, Delhi batters initially portrayed to be cruising home with an easy win. But then the match took a complete u-turn as the IPL witnessed its one of the most monumental collapses.
From such a strong position when they required just 23 runs from 20 balls with 7 wickets still in hand, first Rishabh Pant and then the rest of the team crumbled like a pack of cards. The visitors lost their last 7 wickets for just 8 runs, before eventually ending up losing the game out of nowhere. KXIP's newest recruit Sam Curran proved to be the chief wrecker for his team, picking up a phenomenal hat-trick to finish off Delhi's batting proceedings and in turn he also became the youngest player to bag a hat-trick in IPL.
This is not going to benefit us
For the second consecutive time in this season, it looked like Delhi Capitals tried to gift wrap the match and give it to the opposition as bait. They weren't successful when they met Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in the last game, where DC managed to emerge victorious after the dramatic super over ending. But it seems like they fulfilled their dream yesterday. After the terrible loss, DC skipper Shreyas Iyer mentioned that he is absolutely 'speechless' due to the monumental collapse.
“I am really speechless. It is a crucial match and losing such matches is not going to benefit us,” said Shreyas Iyer during the post-match presentation ceremony.
It is really disappointing
Iyer revealed that it feels very much disappointing to witness something like that. He reckoned that the visiting team gave away the match when it was in its pocket. Iyer also admitted that KXIP outplayed them in all the three departments.
“Really disappointing. With the way we were going, we came to run-a-ball and to lose from there, really disappointing. We didn’t play smart cricket and Punjab outplayed us in all the departments. They were really cool and calm in that situation. Our batsmen did not taking initiative to win the game,” the skipper added.