IPL 2021: Narrow losses becoming a pattern for Punjab Kings, says Anil Kumble

RR vs PBKS, IPL 2021: Punjab Kings head coach Anil Kumble says narrow losses were regular enough to start to look like a pattern for his team.

Punjab Kings head coach Anil Kumble speaks at the post-match press conference on Tuesday. - BCCI/IPL

Punjab Kings head coach Anil Kumble said narrow losses were regular enough to start to look like a pattern for his team after the Kings fell to a two-run defeat on Tuesday.

"It’s sort of become a bit of a pattern for us, especially as soon as we get to Dubai, it seems. There was a clear message saying we need to finish this game in 19 overs, and that was the approach," Kumble said at the post-match press conference.

"Unfortunately, we let it till the end, and in the last couple of balls it becomes a lottery (with) a new batsman going in, it is a bit of lottery."

Kumble praised Kartik Tyagi for the way he bowled the final over.

"But credit to how Tyagi bowled the last over, it was pretty obvious that he’s going to bowl wide outside the off stump, but somehow our batters didn’t take the right options.

"Yes, it’s become a pattern, that’s something that we need to discuss and sort out. We have five more games, but again, we don’t want to get bogged down by this defeat. It’s certainly a difficult pill to swallow," Kumble said.

'Good wicket'

While Kumble praised the bowling effort of his team, he lamented that the batsmen could not finish the game.

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"It was a very good wicket. In fact, we really came back in the last four overs. I think we gave just about 20 runs and picked up six wickets. Arshdeep (Singh) bowled brilliantly, (Mohammed) Shami bowled brilliantly, (Harpreet) Brar bowled really well on a tough pitch.

 

"And remember one side of the ground, the boundaries were short, the other was longer. At one stage, Rajasthan were looking to score almost 200-210, so to really squeeze the last four overs and pick up six wickets, I thought the bowling effort was really good," Kumble said.

"I think the batting showed till the 17th over that we were cruising. Unfortunately, the 18th [and the] 19th [over] sort of pulled us back after that six (Aiden) Markram hit. After that, we just got singles and then lost wickets and took it to the last over, which unfortunately we couldn’t finish," he added.

"As batsmen, they certainly know what their scoring shots are, it’s not about just the scoop. It also boils down to that particular batsman. When you have eight runs in 12 balls, I don’t think we needed a scoop, all it needed was a bit of hitting, and even if someone got out, the next batsman would at least get five or six balls to get those runs. When it goes to the last couple of balls, it becomes really hard."

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