A dejected Delhi Capitals skipper Shreyas Iyer was at loss of words while trying to describe his team's 14-run defeat to Kings XI Punjab in Mohali on Monday (April 1).
Chasing 167, the Capitals lost Prithvi Shaw for a first-ball duck but soon took command of the proceedings. Shikhar Dhawan and Shreyas Iyer then set the tone by sharing a 61-run stand before Rishabh Pant and Colin Ingram put the visitors in the driver's seat with another fifty-plus stand.
From 144/3, needing just 23 off 21 balls, the Capitals suffered the worst possible collapse, losing their last seven wickets for just eight runs, to succumb to their second loss in the tournament.
"I am really speechless. It is a crucial match and losing such matches is not going to benefit us," Iyer said during the post-match presentation.
"Really disappointing. With the way we were going, we came to run-a-ball and to lose from there, really disappointing. We didn't play smart cricket and Punjab outplayed us in all the departments.
"They were really cool and calm in that situation. Our batsmen did not take the initiative to win the game.”
Kings XI Punjab captain Ravi Ashwin, on the other hand, lauded Mohammed Shami and Sam Curran for the win. Shami triggered the collapse by dismissing Pant before Curran picked up four wickets, including the first hattrick of the season.
"Not many times, you defend. When Rishabh hit the six, we just needed to hang in there. Credit to Shami and Curran. We were probably 25 runs short. We backed ourselves to defend with three spinners,” said Ashwin.
Kings XI Punjab will next face Chennai Super Kings at the MA Chidambaram Stadium on April 6 (Saturday), while Delhi Capitals will be up against Sunrisers Hyderabad at the Feroz Shah Kotla on Thursday (April 4).
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