Really speechless: Iyer fumes after Delhi lose 7 wickets for 8 runs vs Kings XI Punjab

first_imgDelhi Capitals captain Shreyas Iyer cut a disappointed figure as he walked up to do his post-match duties after their 14-run defeat to Kings XI Punjab in Mohali.Delhi Capitals were cruising when they were 144 for 3 in 16.3 overs in chase of 167 at the Punjab Cricket Association Stadium. Colin Ingram and Rishabh Pant stitched a 50-plus partnership for the fourth wicket and it seemed the duo would take the Capitals past the finish line with ease. KXIP vs DC – REPORT | HIGHLIGHTSHowever, Mohammed Shami triggered a collapse when he removed Rishabh Pant in the fourth ball of the 17th over. Shami was a hit for a six before he hit the timber.Following the wicket of Rishabh Pant, Delhi Capitals lost the plot as they lost their last seven wickets for just 8 runs. It only needed 17 balls for one of the most shambolic collapses in the history of IPL cricket.England all-rounder Sam Curran sealed the deal for Kings XI Punjab with a hat-trick as he removed Kagiso Rabada and Sandeep Lamichhane in the first two balls of the 20th over when Delhi needed 15. Curran had removed Harshal Patel off the final ball of the 18th over. The youngster finished with figures of 4 for 11 in only his second IPL match.Head coach Ricky Ponting’s face in the dugout told the story of Delhi Capitals’ horror night in Mohali. On the other hand, the Kings XI Punjab owners were jumping in joy, witnessing R Ashwin’s men script a remarkable comeback.”Really disappointing. With the way we were going, we came ball to ball and to lose from there, really disappointing. We didn’t play smart cricket and Punjab outplayed us in all the departments. They were really cool and calm in that situation. I am really speechless. It is a crucial match and losing such matches is not going to benefit us. The way Ingram was going, with ball to ball, it is really difficult to see us losing wickets like that from outside and the batsmen not taking initiative to win the game,” a disappointed Shreyas Iyer said.advertisementDelhi Capitals had head into Monday’s match in Mohali on the back of a tense finish in Feroz Shah Kotla against Kolkata Knight Riders on Saturday. KKR forced Super Over as DC suffered a late collapse in their pursuit of 186. Iyer’s men though emerged victorious the other night.Stressing on the need to remain positive after two tight games, Iyer said: “It is really going to be important for us to stay motivated. These are the small factors we have to work hard on. Mentally we have trained ourselves on how to finish the games. We are getting good starts but need to focus on winning the games.”Having lost two of their four games, Delhi Capitals will take on Sunrisers Hyderabad in their next IPL 2019 match at home on Thursday.Also Read | IPL 2019: Sam Curran does the Bhangra with Preity Zinta after taking hat-trickAlso Read | Sam Curran did not realise he had taken a hat-trick: Couldn’t hear myself thinkAlso See:last_img read more