The Punjab Kings may have lost their current second Indian Premier League (IPL) game, but skipper KL Rahul wants his team to learn from the mistake they made against Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and bounce back stronger in the tournament. Right-arm stimulator Deepak Chahar picked four wickets before Faf du Plessis and Moeen Ali helped CSK register an easy win over the Punjab Kings here at Wankhede Stadium on Friday night. Chahar had executed the Punjab Kings’ heaviest batting order, dismissing Mayank Agarwal and Nicholas Pooran for ducks, while dismissing Chris Gayle and Deepak Hooda for 10 points each.
“There’s not much to say. If a team loses five wickets in the first seven or eight overs, it’s always going to be caught. They played well, we played bad shots, that’s how the game is going, ”Rahul told the host. Star Sports broadcaster after the game.
“It was (the pitch) a lot more tacky and sticky than it looked like. Thanks to the bowlers at CSK they played in the right channels, Deepak with his knuckle balls had a few wickets, this is not the case. help the team, ”he added.
“Just the way we started, the pitch was still okay, it wasn’t a 100-110 wicket, maybe some kind of 150-160 wicket. But it’s a good learning for us, I hope. that we can learn from those mistakes and come back stronger in the next game, ”added Rahul.
The Punjab Kings had scored over 200 points in their opener, but the team led by Rahul couldn’t even break the 110-point mark against CSK on Friday.
“The last game we had 220, this game we couldn’t even get half of it. It’s important that we learn from our mistakes and that’s the kind of team we want to be. We want to be. always go and play cricket without fear, ”says Rahul.
“This is T20 cricket, more often than not you will score big points, but there will be a game or two in a season where you lose wickets like this. It is important that we take it on the chin and that we move forward and then improve the game, ”he added.
Riley Meredith and Jhye Richardson may have played well against CSK, but both bowlers came at a high price in the Punjab Kings’ opener in the 2021 IPL.
“The first game didn’t go very well for these two (Richardson and Meredith), it was their first game and I’m sure they were a little nervous. It was also the post-game discussion. , that’s how the IPL goes. can be difficult and cruel. Their plans were clear, they executed it pretty well, “said Rahul.
“It was good to see that they came back stronger this game and they gave us some crucial breakthroughs. We would like to see each other again on the key points that we are talking about ahead of the game and if we stick to those plans.” he added.
The Punjab Kings face the Delhi Capitals at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Sunday.
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