Punjab Kings failed to beat Delhi Capitals who had not prepared properly when they got into the match. The Covid outbreak in Delhi forced them into quarantine prior to the match, where the players and staff were unable to leave their respective rooms.
Mayank Agarwal loses his wicket against DC. (Courtesy of: PTI)
- Punjab Kings have dropped to eighth position in the points table
- Punjab Kings long batting formation has failed for most of the season
- King’s will have to bounce back soon or it will be an early goodbye for them in IPl 2022
Punjab Kings dropped to eighth position in the Indian Premier League points list after suffering a heavy defeat to Covid-ravaged Delhi Capitals on Wednesday.
Capitals who couldn’t get a good prep into the game bowled Mayank Agarwal’s team for just 115 runs before chasing it down in just 10.3 overs, thanks to a powerful knock from Australian David Warner.
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Kings have a ballistic lineup but have lost four of their seven games and are now slowly disappearing from the playoffs. At the post-match press conference, Punjab batsman Jitesh Sharma addressed the team’s batting problem and admitted that things weren’t going well with the lineup.
“We’ve only taken one approach for this tournament, which is to play attacking cricket. We probably haven’t been able to apply it based on the situation we’re in,” said Sharma.
Sharma delving into the issues with the current method said their system is not working and they will change it from the next game. “We just had a meeting about it. The player sat down and talked about the matter in hand. As you can see, everyone in the lineup is a match winner, and we wait for one or two people to click into a game. †
“We have decided that we will give ourselves some time to get used to the game and play long innings and regain the confidence that we have lost,” Sharma revealed.
Punjab Kings have one of the strongest possible batting formations in the Indian Premier League, but were bundled to just 115 in their last match. Players like Liam Livingstone and Shahrukh Khan failed in the game to be ultra-aggressive against the Delhi bowlers .
Punjab has some tough games ahead of them, with table toppers Gujarat Titans and Lucknow Super Giants in two of their next three games.