The Punjab Kings head coach said their batsmen should have chased the target in 19 overs.
Punjab Kings coach Anil Kumble was at a loss of words to explain another defeat from a win-win situation. The Kings failed to score eight runs in the last two overs and lost to Rajasthan Royals by just two runs. This made it even harder for him to qualify. Now the sixth loss in nine matches means the Kings have to win every match to control their fate.
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“It has become a pattern for us, especially when we go to Dubai,” Kumble said. “The outlook was clear, we had to finish it in 19 overs. That was the method, didn’t let it go to the end. But unfortunately, when you throw the last few balls, it turns into a lottery. Credit [Karthik] Tyagi for the way he bowled. ”
The defeat was similar to their game against the Kolkata Knight Riders in Abu Dhabi last year. Then, with nine wickets in hand off 18 balls, they lost by just 22 runs. On that occasion, he turned a cruise into a complete wreck by throwing his bat around and then with the best of Sunil Narine. Here, he could not reach the ball with the bat.
Kumble was particularly upset that his batsmen could not read Tayagi’s plan in the end.
“It was very clear that he was going to bowl wide outside and somehow our batsmen didn’t make the right choice,” he added. “We have to discuss and resolve it. We have five more matches, we don’t want to be disappointed in this defeat but it’s definitely a bitter pill to swallow.”
If he thinks he has a lot left to chase for the Royals, Kumble felt that the bowlers did what they wanted him to do “on good wickets”. And it was just a matter of failing to chase the batsmen. Arshdeep Singh took five wickets in his first T20, while Mohammad Shamir’s late strike meant the Royals had a score of more than 200 that they wanted to achieve. In fact, they lost 6 for 19.
“I think it was a very good wicket, and we really came back in the last four overs where we gave up just 20 runs and took six wickets. Arshdeep bowled great like Shami. [Harpreet] Brar bowled really well. The field where the boundary On the one hand was small, at one point the Royals looked good to score 200-210.
“Even with the bat, we showed it until the 17th over. We were running but we fell behind after hitting sixes [Aiden] Markram in the 18th and 19th overs. As batsmen, they know what their score shots are. The next batsman had five balls to score. When the last two are said, it becomes difficult. Not today. “