IPL: PBKS skipper Dhawan left frustrated after defeat to DC

The 15-run defeat to Delhi Capitals has all but ended PBKS' play-off hopes

pbks-shikhar-ap Punjab Kings' Kagiso Rabada (left) with captain Shikhar Dhawan during the IPL match against Delhi Capitals in Dharamshala | AP

Punjab Kings skipper Shikhar Dhawan was left "frustrated" after Delhi Capitals dealt a body blow to their chances of making the IPL 2023 play-offs on Wednesday.

The 15-run defeat to Delhi Capitals has all but ended PBKS' hopes in this edition of the tournament and the former India stand-in skipper attributed the defeat to some poor decisions taken by him, including the decision to use left-arm spinner Harpeet Brar in the 20th over.

Delhi Capitals scored an above-par 213/2 and then restricted PBKS to 198/8 despite a herculean effort from PBKS' England batter Liam Livingstone, who smashed a 48-ball 94 and was out last ball.

"It was frustrating, but I don't think we bowled well in the first six overs. We should have taken some wickets the way the ball was moving around," said Dhawan, whose bowlers allowed the out-of-form Prithvi Shaw and Delhi Capitals skipper David Warner to stitch together a 94-run partnership.

Shikhar said his decision to give the last over to left-arm spinner Brar too backfired as he ended up conceding 23 runs, including two wides.

"Even my decision to bowl a spinner (Brar) last over back-fired. And before that the fast bowlers didn't pitch the ball up in the powerplay. That was the plan but we didn't execute. It is hurting us.”

He also indicated that his bowlers' inability to stop the runs in powerplays could be a major factor in the team's likely failed campaign this season.

"Every powerplay we are giving 50-60 runs and not taking wickets," he added.

Meanwhile, DC skipper Warner indicated he was not happy with the nearly half-a-dozen catches his fielders dropped, allowing PBKS to fight back and leaving him on tenterhooks till the very last over.

"It was a bad performance on the field but we will take the win. We lost the toss but batted with fluidity. You want consistency from your home venue," said the Australian.


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