The visiting Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) suffered a disappointing 5-wicket defeat at the hands of Delhi Capitals (DC) on Saturday at the Feroz Shah Kotla stadium in New Delhi. With this drubbing, the Ravichandran Ashwin-led team slumped to its fifth loss this season and slipped to the fourth position on the points table. However, in spite of the loss, KXIP head coach Mike Hesson is very much proud of way his team fought in the challenging conditions.
We played good cricket
After the game, Mike Hesson addressed the media reporters in the post-match press conference and mentioned that the team has played some very good cricket thus far in the season. Hesson reckoned that barring the game against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) where they were surely below-par, KXIP have done really well.
“We played good cricket and there was probably only one game, in which we were a bit disappointing, and that was against RCB when we were below our own standards, but outside of that we have actually played very well, I think,” quoted Mike Hesson.
The destiny is in our own hands
The former Kiwi coach noted that ‘the destiny is always in our own hands’ on making it to the playoffs stage. He mentioned that his team played really well in this game, but failed to finish on the right side of the barrel. “The destiny is in our own hands and, when we come to the back end of the tournament, that’s what you want. And you know that if you play well you give yourself good chance of winning. We gave ourselves a decent chance tonight. And I am very proud in terms of the way we played in conditions that were challenging, the way we hung in there, was a good effort,” Hesson inferred.
Hesson mentioned that after batting first and putting up 163 runs on the board was a decent effort as the ball was holding a bit. Wickets kept tumbling at one end, while KXIP opener Chris Gayle continued with his natural aggressive onslaught from the other side. He absolutely felt no pressure and racked up a brilliant half-century off just 25 balls.
“It was a good score batting first, the ball was holding a bit, so I think the fact that we looked to attack early on because we knew it was going to get harder as the ball got older, 163, on this surface, was a decent score,” the KXIP head coach further added.