'Dropped catches cost us the game...' laments Shikhar Dhawan After PBKS' Loss to RR
Punjab Kings players celebrating Buttler's wicket against RR (AP Photo)
In a crucial match against the Rajasthan Royals (RR) at the HPCA Stadium in Dharamshala, the Punjab Kings (PBKS) once again faltered as their bowlers struggled to defend a target of 188 runs.
The team's poor performance in the Powerplay overs and their lackluster fielding were the key factors contributing to their defeat. Even skipper Shikhar Dhawan acknowledged the shortcomings, expressing that his side could have performed better in all aspects of the game.
After losing the toss, PBKS were put into bat first. Unfortunately, they got off to a disastrous start, losing four wickets with just 50 runs on the board in a mere 6.3 overs. However, Jitesh Sharma and Sam Curran came together to stabilize the innings, forming a valuable partnership of 64 runs off 44 balls. Following Jitesh Sharma's dismissal, Sam Curran and Shahrukh Khan displayed a remarkable batting masterclass.
Despite setting a challenging target, the Rajasthan Royals had noteworthy contributions from Yashasvi Jaiswal, Devdutt Padikkal, Shimron Hetmyer, Riyan Parag, and Dhruv Jurel. Their collective efforts led them to a thrilling victory, clinching the match by four wickets in the final over.
Overall, it was a disappointing outing for the Punjab Kings, as they failed to capitalize on their opportunities. The Rajasthan Royals capitalized on their opponents' weaknesses, securing a hard-fought victory in an enthralling contest.
“We lost too many wickets in the Powerplay and that put us on the backfoot, but Curran, Jitesh and Shahrukh got us back in the game, the bowling was good (in patches), but the fielding wasn't great, the dropped catches cost us the game. I feel 200 should have been a good total on this pitch. We could have done better in all the areas I think. Sometimes the batting was clicking, and sometimes the bowling was clicking, we couldn't put up those performances together,” said Shikhar Dhawan in the post-match presentation.
The Rajasthan Royals have managed to keep their slim hopes alive with a four-wicket victory over the Punjab Kings, subsequently eliminating them from the tournament.