Bowling Has Been a Major Issue for Kings XI Punjab, Says Mandeep
Mandeep said that it would be tough for KXIP to win 7 out of the remaining 9 games, but they have the team to do it.
Kings XI Punjab batsman Mandeep Singh said that it will be difficult to come back for their team, but they need to sort out their issues in their bowling department, after his side’s loss to the Chennai Super Kings on Sunday, in Dubai.
He said it is going to be tough from here (since they need to win 7 out of 9 games) but they have the team to make a comeback.
Playing his first game of the season, Mandeep came into bat with positive intent and scored 27 runs off just 16 balls but got out after that. Speaking about his game, Mandeep said that initially he took time as he was playing after 8-9 months, but started playing his shots when the ball was in his arc. However, he rued the fact that he couldn’t continue for long and none of him, Nicholas Pooran or KL Rahul was at the end, which was the difference between the score they got and 190-200.
Both Pooran and Rahul got out in the 18th over, which hampered the Kings XI’s scoring pace with two new batsmen at the crease.
When asked about what went wrong during the bowling innings considering that CSK players haven’t been at their best in the tournament, Mandeep said that their strength has been getting wickets in the Powerplay, but they didn’t get any on Sunday and both du Plessis and Watson got set after that.
Lastly, Mandeep said that they have to keep the fighting spirit going, that's what Punjabis are known for and take one game at a time and not get too far ahead of themselves, when asked about one key thing KXIP need to change this around.
Kings XI Punjab will next face the Sunrisers Hyderabad on Thursday, 8 October, in Dubai.
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