The Ravichandran Ashwin-led Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) succumbed to a convincing 5-wicket defeat against Delhi Capitals (DC) at the Feroz Shah Kotla stadium on Saturday. The first innings of the match was divided into two halves. In the first half, KXIP big-hitting opener Chris Gayle dominated the matters with a brilliant half-century knock, while on the other side, the DC bowling trio of Sandeep Lamichhane, Axar Patel and Kagiso Rabada displayed sensational combined efforts to restrict the opposition within a chaseable first innings total.
In the second innings, the duo comprising of Shikhar Dhawan and skipper Shreyas Iyer stitched a brilliant 92-run partnership to put their team into a solid position in the run-chase. The DC skipper, Iyer stood tall towards the end, composing a fine unbeaten knock of 58 runs to steer his team to a splendid win.
The tournament is all about stringing wins together
After the game, KXIP skipper Ravichandran Ashwin revealed that his team now need to catch the momentum. He mentioned that a tournament such as the IPL is all about stringing wins together. “This tournament is all about stringing wins together and we need to catch the momentum now,” said Ravichandran Ashwin.
It was hard to grip the ball
Ashwin stated that it was very difficult to grip the ball for the spinners. Gayle played an explosive innings 69 runs off just 37 balls which consisted of 6 fours and 5 sixes and in turn propelled his team to a fighting first innings total of 163 runs. Wickets kept tumbling from one end, while Gayle continued his assault from the other side.
“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,” he added.
Ashwin further revealed that they failed to put forward enough runs on the board which did hurt their chances. He also admitted the fact that they gave away too many soft boundaries. “Unfortunately we didn’t have enough runs on the board today. 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,” Ashwin concluded.