‘I would rather get all out as a team than…’: DC skipper Rishabh Pant says after a disappointing loss to KKR | Cricket News

NEW DELHI: Delhi Capitals skipper Rishabh Pant put up a brave face despite getting a 106-run thrashing at the hands of Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in their Indian Premier League (IPL) match in Visakhapatnam on Wednesday.
This was DC’s third loss in four games after beating Chennai Super Kings in their previous encounter, while KKR, who moved to the top of the standings, registered their third successive win on the trot.
Sunil Narine exhibited his batting prowess by smashing a scintillating 85 runs, while teenage sensation Angkrish Raghuvanshi impressed with a fluent half-century on his IPL batting debut as KKR posted an imposing total of 272/7. Despite falling five runs short of the highest total in the tournament’s history, KKR’s batting onslaught set a daunting target for their opponents.
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DC struggled throughout the match, failing to assert themselves with either the ball or the bat. The pressure of KKR’s mammoth target caused them to falter.
Pant continued his good form with the bat, scoring his second consecutive half-century, while Tristan Stubbs also contributed with a fifty. However, their efforts went in vain, as DC succumbed to a defeat, folding for 166 runs in 17.2 overs.
Strong-willed Pant graciously accepted the defeat while reflecting on his team’s below-par performance, stating that it was one of those days.
“Our bowlers were all over the place. We just didn’t turn up on the day. Today was one of those days. As a batting unit, we only wanted to keep going hard as a team. I would rather get all out as a team than not go for the target. (Some reviews not taken) I think it was quite loud here,” Pant said at the post-match interaction.
“At the same time, I couldn’t see the timer on the screen. There was some problem on the screen. But there are some things you can control, some things you can’t. (Use of Axar, only one over) See the thought process was that we didn’t want to use spinners, but our fast bowlers were going through the motions.
“I think it is time for reflection as an individual. We need to learn from these mistakes and come positive in the next match. (Pant’s own body) Doing fine. Getting out there. Enjoying every day but cricket has its own ups and downs,” Pant concluded.


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