Punjab Kings (PBKS) Mayank Agarwal rued the batting collapse his team suffered while chasing a competitive total against the Delhi Capitals (DC) at the DY Patil Stadium on Monday.
Set a target of 160 on a tricky surface, Punjab was going well having put up 53/1 inside the powerplay. Unfortunately, they suffered a collapse of fatal proportions and slipped to 67/6 in double-quick time.
Despite the late fightback from Jitesh Sharma and Rahul Chahar, it was a mountain too steep to climb for Punjab and they ended up losing by 17 runs. With that defeat, they no longer have their fate in their own hands.
“We didn’t bat well. Between overs 5 and 10, we lost too many wickets and that’s where we lost the game. I thought it was definitely chaseable for the batting we have and the wicket wasn’t as bad as it seemed.”
“We just lost too many wickets between the 5th and 10th over and lost the game there. [Hope for final match] It’s still a match to be played and a match to be won. Two points are crucial for us. We want to go out there and play the best cricket,” Agarwal said at the post-match presentation.
“We haven’t yet played our best cricket yet” – Mayank Agarwal
Agarwal was also distraught with the overall performance of the team in the season and insisted they could have done better. Their final game is against the Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) where they need a win to stay alive in the tournament.
“I think we haven’t yet played our best cricket yet and we look forward to doing that in the last game. We need to speak about the way we went about things with the bat, but that’s about it. It’s a game to forget,” he further added.