IPL 2022: Punjab lagged behind Delhi, due to this the match got out of hand, what will Mayank Agarwal’s team do now?

Delhi Capitals defeated Punjab Kings both times in this season.

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Punjab Kings bowled well in this match and restricted Delhi Capitals to just 159 runs, but despite this the team could not reach this score.

There were high expectations from Punjab Kings in the IPL 2022 season. The way the team was prepared in the mega auction, it seemed that the wait for the title would be over this time. But the team seems to be missing out on living up to those expectations due to lack of consistency in performance. Delhi Capitals After suffering a 17-run defeat against Delhi Capitals, the path of the team has become very difficult. Team captain Mayank Agarwal has attributed the loss to that part of the match, where Delhi snatched the match from him. Punjab, however, is still in contention and the captain feels that the strategy needs a rethink.

On Monday 16 May, Punjab and Delhi clashed at the DY Patil Stadium in Navi Mumbai. Punjab won the toss and elected to bowl first. Delhi scored 159 runs for the loss of seven wickets, which was not looking difficult considering Punjab’s strong batting. But the team’s batting disappointed badly and in 20 overs, the entire team could score only 142 runs for the loss of nine wickets.

Those five overs were heavy for Punjab

After this disappointing performance of the team, Captain Mayank said that the team had to bear the brunt of losing many wickets from the fifth to the 10th over. Chasing the target, Punjab lost six wickets between the fifth and the 10th over. After the match, Mayank said, “We didn’t bat well today. The team lost several wickets between five and 10 overs and that was the reason for our defeat. This wicket was not that bad and we should have achieved this target.

Need to rethink strategy

After this defeat, Punjab has only 12 points left in 13 matches and its path to playoff is very difficult. They need to win their last match and at the same time depend on the results of other teams. Regarding this, Mayank said, “We have yet to play one more match. We would like to get two points by playing good cricket. We need to rethink our strategy.”

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Rishabh Pant happy with this change

At the same time, Delhi got 2 important points from this victory and now it has reached the fourth place in the points table with 14 points. Captain Rishabh Pant described this victory of the team as special and that he was successful in the change he was hoping for. Pant said, “During this entire season, we were winning one match and losing one match. We wanted to change that and were able to do so.”