Sam Curran blames this player openly after Punjab's last over loss to Rajasthan Royals

Updated - 14 Apr 2024, 12:21 PM

Sam Curran with Sanju Samson
Sam Curran with Sanju Samson (Credits: X)

Punjab Kings captain Sam Curran rued his team's poor start with the bat after the loss against Rajasthan Royals on Saturday (April 13). With captain Shikhar Dhawan out due to a niggle, the allrounder led the Punjab-based outfit.

However, he could not guide them to a much-needed win. Asked to bat first, PBKS disastrously started their innings and were reeling at 70 for 5 at one stage.

Jitesh Sharma (29) and Liam Livingstone (21) took the score past the 100-run mark before a 16-ball 31-run cameo from Ashutosh Sharma helped them finish on a respectable total of 147/8.

PBKS could not finish their innings on a strong note as well. In the final over, they could collect only six runs and it eventually came back to haunt them as RR chased down the total with just one ball remaining.

RR needed 10 runs from the final over and Shimron Hetmyer hit Arshdeep Singh for two sixes to get his team home.

Speaking at the end of the game, Sam Curran pointed out his team's poor start with the bat as well as the failure to finish the innings well. At the same time, he also lauded the lower order for taking the team to close to 150.

"The wicket was slightly slow, but we didn't start well with the bat and didn't finish well in the end. It was a good effort from the lower order, getting to 150 was excellent, the bowling was good, we kept them down, unfortunately, another close loss," said Sam Curran.

Sam Curran is confident of bouncing back:

Speaking further, Sam Curran said that he is confident of his team bouncing back in the upcoming game. He also spoke about playing at the new venue and admitted that it is tough to understand the conditions well after just three games. The England star also said that the close losses in the last two games will give confidence to the players.

"We stuck to our plans, bowled and fielded well, but I'm confident we'll bounce back in the next game.

"Three games is a hard way to fully work out the conditions (at the new venue), but we've adapted well, we won the first match and lost two matches by close margins (by 2 runs and 3 wickets), hard to take, but the boys will be lifted by how well we've played in the last couple of games," said Sam Curran.

PBKS will be in action next on Thursday (April 18) when they take on Mumbai Indians.

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