The 15-run loss to Delhi Capitals effectively destroyed PBKS’ chances in this edition of the competition, as the former India stand-in captain blamed the setback to some questionable decisions he made, particularly the decision to employ left-arm spinner Harpeet Brar in the 20th over.
Shikhar Dhawan, captain of the Punjab Kings, was left “frustrated” when the Delhi Capitals gave a body blow to their aspirations of making the IPL 2023 play-offs in Dharamsala on Wednesday.
The 15-run loss to Delhi Capitals has effectively destroyed PBKS’ chances in this edition of the competition, and the former India stand-in captain blamed the loss on several poor decisions he made, particularly the decision to employ left-arm spinner Harpeet Brar in the 20th over.
Despite a superhuman effort by PBKS’ England batsman Liam Livingstone, who hammered a 48-ball 94 and was out on the penultimate ball, Delhi Capitals produced an above-par 213/2 and subsequently limited PBKS to 198/8.
The first six overs were difficult, but I don’t believe we bowled effectively. Given how the ball was flowing, we ought to have got some wickets, according to Dhawan, whose bowlers enabled Shikhar Dhawan, who was out of form, and David Warner, the captain of the Delhi Capitals, to put together a 94-run partnership.
Shikhar said that his choice to give left-arm spinner Brar the final over backfired since he ultimately gave up 23 runs, including two wides.
Even my choice to bowl a spinner (Brar) in the final over failed. Additionally, before to that, during the powerplay, the fast bowlers did not pitch the ball high. Although it was the plan, we didn’t carry it out. It is causing us harm.
He also said that one key contributing element to the team’s likely unsuccessful season was his bowlers’ failure to stop the runs during powerplays.
Every powerplay, he said, “we give 50–60 runs without taking wickets.”
The captain of Delhi Capitals also said he was dissatisfied with the almost half-dozen catches his fielders missed, which allowed PBKS to battle back and had him on edge till the very last over.
“The team didn’t play well, but we’ll take the victory anyhow. Although we won the toss, our batter was fluid. Your home venue should be consistent, the Australian stated.