Kings XI Punjab's Mayank Agarwal: 'Hurts to not close off the game'

Crestfallen subsequent to losing their IPL opener, Kings XI Punjab batsman Mayank Agarwal said it feels horrible to not cut off the game in the wake of making a marvelous rebound against Delhi Capitals.

Pursuing 158 to win, Kings XI were battling at 55 for 5, until Agarwal turned it around with a fine counter-assault after a moderate beginning. He made his IPL best of 89 and fell with Kings XI requiring one run off the last ball. At that point, Marcus Stoinis, who had affected an electrifying turnaround with the bat for Delhi Capitals, constrained the match into a Super Over by excusing Chris Jordan off the last ball.

“We had a tough day,” Agarwal disclosed to KXIP TV. “There are a ton of positives to take out. The manner in which we returned was fabulous, the manner in which we bowled with the new ball was staggering. It truly damages to not cut off the game from the circumstance we were in, feels awful.

“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. The guys really put in the effort. Definitely, we should have finished the game when we needed one run.”

Agarwal likewise watched the objective – yet 20- 25 more than what Kings XI resembled pursuing – was as yet gettable. “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,” Agarwal said. “We batted extremely well to reach there. I don’t know what to say (about the final moments).”

Agarwal likewise applauded Stoinis for his 21- ball 53 that helped Capitals crush 57 off the last three overs. Stoinis was especially unforgiving on Chris Jordan, who was hit for two sixes and three four of every an over that went for 30 runs. “Stoinis batted extremely well,” Agarwal said. “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.”

Axar Patel, the Capitals left-arm spinner, was similarly profuse in his applause Stoinis. Patel himself had an astounding excursion, keeping a top on the scoring with his loopy varieties – something he’s just grew as of late – after R Ashwin needed to go off the field with a harmed shoulder. Patel got done with noteworthy figures of 1 for 14 off his four overs.

“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,” Patel said. “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.”