For the second consecutive time, things did not go as planned for Kings XI Punjab captain KL Rahul. After failing to defend 223 against Rajasthan Royals in Sharjah, Kings XI Punjab fell way short in pursuit of 192 against Mumbai Indians in Abu Dhabi. Following their third loss, KL Rahul has commented on the area they might need to consider a change moving forward.
KL Rahul, who slammed a century and half-century in the last two matches, could not work his magic this time around. The KXIP skipper was the third wicket to fall in a steep chase against a quality bowling attack, getting dismissed for 17 to Rahul Chahar. Their innings was never the same as Nicholas Pooran could not find any support from the other end to keep the runs and the timely boundaries coming.
Kings XI Punjab’s chief point of concern was their death bowling. Mumbai Indians began slowly as KXIP bowlers removed the likes of Rahul Chahar and Suryakumar Yadav cheaply. Rohit Sharma gradually raised the tempo, striking 70 off 45 deliveries. The highlight of their innings was undoubtedly the final flourish provided by Hardik Pandya and Kieron Pollard, having shared an unbeaten stand of 67 off only 23 deliveries.
“I won’t say it is frustrating but obviously it is disappointing” : KL Rahul
KL Rahul rued the mistakes that Kings XI Punjab made in the last couple of games that prevented them from making three wins out of three. The 28-year old lamented the bowlers’ death bowling and conceded that they have to come back stronger. The right-handed batsman also felt that an extra bowling option might be handy and that the camp will sit together and discuss its prospect.
“I won’t say it is frustrating but obviously it is disappointing. We could have easily been three wins out of four. This game, we didn’t bowl well at the back end. Got to learn from the mistakes and come back stronger. Another bowling option would be nice. An allrounder would be great. But we will sit with the coaches and decide whether we need to play an extra bowler or the same team,” KL Rahul said in the post-match presentation.