It actually hurts to not shut off sport towards Delhi Capitals: Mayank Agarwal

Dubai, September 21

Crestfallen after dropping their IPL opener, Kings XI Punjab batsman Mayank Agarwal stated it felt horrible to not shut off the sport after making a stupendous comeback towards Delhi Capitals right here.

Chasing 158 to win, KXIP have been trying down the barrel at 55 for five however Agarwal’s blistering 89-run knock took them to 157. They wanted one run off the ultimate two balls however Marcus Stoinis’ twin strike took the sport to the Super Over, which they misplaced on Sunday night time.

“We had a tough day. There are a lot of positives to take out. The way we came back was fantastic, the way we bowled with the new ball was terrific. It really hurts to not close off the game from the situation we were in, feels terrible,” Mayank advised KXIP TV.

“This is just the first game. We can get things rolling again, let’s see how we will go in the coming games. I think to play a game like that first up was fantastic. Everyone was up for it, guys really put in the effort. Definitely, we should have finished the game when we needed one run,” he added.

The 29-year-old from Bengaluru stated 158 was a good rating to chase.

“It was a par score and going into the break, we knew that if we can stitch a partnership and not give them wickets with the new ball, we could win the game,” he stated on the post-match press convention.

“We batted extremely well to reach there. I don’t know what to say (about the final moments),” Agarwal added.

Mayank heaped reward on Stoinis, who smashed 53 off 21 balls as Delhi scored 57 within the final three overs to succeed in 157 for 8.

“Stoinis batted extremely well and even if we made a little mistake, he took us apart. So credit to him and he had a great game and he did really did well for them at the death,” he stated.

Delhi’s left-arm spinner Axar Patel stated Stoinis kind would “have a good impact on the team”.

“If the team wants to go with six bowlers then you need an all-rounder and if he can contribute with both bat and ball it’s really good for the team,” Axar stated.

“Stoinis performing like this in the first game itself means we don’t have to change our strategy too much. It’s good we won the Super Over and the morale is high in the dressing room,” Axar added.

Delhi didn’t have a very good begin as they have been decreased to 13 for three in four overs however skipper Shreyas Iyer (39 off 32) and Rishabh Pant (31 off 29) resurrected the innings earlier than Stoinis completed with a flourish.

“We didn’t expect we will lose three wickets in Powerplay. It happens sometimes you can’t read the pitch quickly but the way Shreyas (Iyer) and Rishabh (Pant) contributed with their partnership, it gave us the momentum and in the end Stoinis completely handed us the momentum,” Axar stated. PTI

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