Mohali: Left speechless after Delhi Capitals’ (DC) collapse, skipper Shreyas Iyer said his team simply ‘panicked’ and ‘miscalculated’ the target in their 14-run loss to Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) in an IPL encounter here.
Delhi were going strong at 144/3 in the 17th over, chasing 167 but Sam Curran’s hat-trick and Mohammed Shami’s economical spell of two overs saw the visitors being bowled out for 152 in 19.2 overs.
“I am really speechless. It is a crucial match and losing such matches is not going to benefit us,” Iyer said at the post-match presentation ceremony.
“Really disappointing. With the way we were going, we came to run-a-ball and to lose from there. We miscalculated the target. I think it was just a panic in between. Our batsmen did not taking initiative to win the game,” the skipper added
Delhi had won against Kolkata Knight Riders in their earlier match in a Super Over despite looking good at one stage to overhaul the target. Iyer said his team needs to learn from their mistakes.
“I couldn’t figure it out what happened today. It happened in the previous match as well, we were going really good and suddenly ball-to-ball…. these are key factors we have to work on,” he said.
Iyer also admitted that they didn’t bowl well. “Also we didn’t bowl that great to be honest, we got a bad start but we controlled in between and that is something we need to take forward,” the Delhi skipper said.
However, Iyer asserted that they have enough time to work on their shortcoming since it happened early in the tournament. “In a way, it is good that it happened at the start of the tournament, there will lot of learning out of this and we will look to come back strong,” he said.