Kings XI Punjab’s losing streak continues as they went down against defending champions Mumbai Indians at the Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi. Chasing 192 runs, Kings XI managed to score only 143 runs, falling short of 48 runs. Speaking after back-to-back losses, KL Rahul hinted at possible changes ahead of the next game.
Kings XI Punjab had a rare off-day in the business with the bat. Mayank Agarwal and KL Rahul didn’t get off to a good start which exposed their middle-order. Nicholas Pooran tried hard to close in with 44 runs from 27 deliveries but lacked support.
Kings XI Punjab’s losing streak continues
The Kings XI Punjab batting looked completely out of socks against a quality Mumbai Indians bowling attack. They will have a lot of work to do ahead of their next game against Chennai Super Kings. Punjab will have to pull things back quick after three defeats in four games before they leave it till the very end
Batting first, Mumbai Indians posted 191 runs banking on a late impetus from Kieron Pollard and Hardik Pandya. Pollard remained unbeaten for 47 off 20 deliveries while Hardik chipped in with 30 off 11 as Kings XI Punjab’s death bowling was once again left exposed.
Meanwhile, Mumbai skipper Rohit Sharma gave a good start despite losing his partners from the other end. He scored a fine half-century and in the process, became the third batsman to score 5000 IPL runs. However, it was the partnership between Pollard and Hadik which separated both the teams.
Disappointing to lose games – KL Rahul
KL Rahul-led Kings XI Punjab will have a lot to do in the next two days and come all guns blazing. Speaking a the post-match presentation ceremony, Rahul said that it is disappointing to lose close games. KL Rahul also hinted that they might tinker with their playing XI ahead of their next game.
“Obviously disappointing. Looking back, we could’ve been three wins out of four,” KL Rahul said at the end of the game. “This game, we made some mistakes. Important we come back stronger. Another bowling option would be nice – an all-rounder option who can bat and bowl well.
Will be sitting with the coaches to decide if we want to play an extra bowler. Until and unless that orange cap stays with Kings XI I’m happy,” he added.