KL Rahul rues dew factor at Wankhede after defeat

Author : Arti Sharma | Published On : 28 Apr 2021

After a six-wicket defeat to Delhi Capitals, Punjab Kings captain KL Rahul has said that their bowlers struggled with the wet ball in the second innings at the Wankhede stadium in Mumbai as Delhi Capitals reached the 196-run target with ease.

“I’m not saying that because I’m on the losing side. Bowlers try to bowl with the wet ball, but it’s always difficult to do that. I asked the umpires to change the ball a couple of times, but the rule book doesn’t allow that,” Rahul said at the post match presentation.

Rahul, himself scored well and wished his birthday was better as he turned 29 on that day.

“Victory on birthday would have been sweet, so it’s slightly disappointing. But we have a lot of games, so hopefully we come back stronger and win few games. Right now it looks 10-15 runs short, but I think 190-odd looked good. Me and Mayank thought 180-190 would have been great on this wicket. Shikhar batted well, so congratulations to the Delhi Capitals batsmen. When we come to Wankhede, bowling second is always a challenge. We prepare for such conditions. It does get difficult against these quality batters,” he again shared.

On the other hand, Delhi Capitals captain Rishabh Pant was happy after his second win. Their openers Shikhar Dhawan and Prithvi Shaw have been providing flying start in almost all the games and helpingthe side to register convincing wins as well.

“Coming from a loss, winning the next match always feels good. I have already started enjoying captaincy. But we were under pressure at the start, the wicket was not doing much. Bowlers did a good job keeping them to 190. Dhawan has a lot of experience. You can to talk to him about anything, how we can set the field, there are many stuff you can talk about. End of the day, what he’s giving to the team is commendable. I like to keep the environment light so people can be themselves and enjoy their cricket,” he concluded.

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