IPL 2021: ‘It was tough to adapt’ – KL Rahul rues poor batting as Punjab Kings concede second loss on the trot

KL Rahul admits that his side is in a tricky position in the league and it is not something new for the boys in red.

KL Rahul
KL Rahul

Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) have finally managed to snap out of the streak of defeats as they notched up their first win in Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021. A dominant bowling performance saw SRH hand Punjab Kings (PBKS) a loss by six wickets. KL Rahul’s Kings failed to adapt to the slow Chennai wickets as they were skittled out for just 120.

Skipper Rahul admits that his side struggled to adapt to the conditions and it cost them. The Karnataka opener feels that batsmen throwing away their wickets after getting good starts is what cost them. Rahul adds that his side will learn from the nine wicket humbling and look to implement the same in the upcoming games.

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It was tough to adapt but we knew, having watched the games, what to expect. We tried to get used to the conditions as quickly as we could but we were 10-15 runs short. A few batsmen got set and couldn’t get those 30s-40s that could get us through. Hopefully we learn from this mistake, we have a game in a few days, hopefully we come and win,” Rahul said in the post-match presentation.

“Now looking back that could have been different,” KL Rahul

Punjab Kings
Punjab Kings

While defending a small total, it was surprising to see the Kings not coming out all guns blazing in the second innings. Rahul explains that the plan was to scalp a wicket early and then attack. He admits that his side is in a tricky position in the league and it is not something new for the boys in red.

We knew that Jonny and David are their key batters, you know they’re going to come hard. It’s a little tricky to have attacking fields. Was hoping to get one of them and then attack, that was my thinking. Now looking back that could have been different. Every game from now is important for us and we’ve always been in that situation, where we get in a place where we have to win every game. Not a bad place to be, to be honest,” he signs off.

Khaleel Ahmed starred with the ball for SRH. The left-arm quick scalped three wickets to send the PBKS middle-order packing. Young all-rounder Abhishek Sharma was impressive too as he finished with figures of 2 for 24 in his quota of four overs. With the bat in hand, openers David Warner and Jonny Bairstow were the top scorers with the latter slamming a half-century.

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