Anil Kumble, Kings XI Punjab ‘Director of Cricket’, has opened up about his sides’ heartbreaking defeat to Delhi Capitals in their opening game of the 13th season of the Indian Premier League.
Chasing 158 to win, Kings XI Punjab were in a huge spot of bother after their top-order was blown away by the Capitals. Reeling at 5-55, Mayank Agarwal orchestrated a comeback for the ages for his side courtesy a brilliantly paced 60-ball 89. With 1 run needed of the last two balls, Agarwal went for the glory shot but was caught in the deep, and his inability to finish the game paved way for a Super-Over after Marcus Stoinis dismissed Chris Jordan on the last delivery.
Anil Kumble lauded the way his side staged a fightback from such a tricky situation during their run-chase but the former leg-spinner reckoned that the game was taken away from his side during the last 3 overs of their bowling, where they conceded 57 runs against a rampaging Marcus Stoinis.
”Really proud of the way we played today. The game was taken away in the last three overs when we bowled, but having said that once we were five down or 55 to sort of win the game. Mayank batted brilliantly,” Anil Kumble said in a video posted by KXIP Twitter handle.
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”Really disappointed towards the end”- Anil Kumble on KXIP’s super-over defeat
Anil Kumble expressed his disappointment with the way the game ended. The former leggie also lamented the fact that KXIP let Delhi off the hook in the closing stages and that they should have scored more runs in the super-over than they eventually did.
Kumble, however, added that there are a lot of positives to take out from the opening game and he is now looking forward to correcting whatever errors that the side made on Sunday.
”Really disappointed towards the end. Maybe we should have won the game, unfortunately, it went to a Super Over and when you go to a Super Over, you at least need 10-12 runs that didn’t happen. Delhi played well as we left them off the hook a little bit, but having said that for the first game of the tournament, really satisfied with the way things have gone. It was a good start and I am sure we will be able to correct whatever little things we need to do on the field in the next game,” Anil Kumble added.