S. Sriram: Kings XI Punjab capitalised on the new ball

S. Sriram gave credit to Delhi Daredevils’ (DD) bowling attack.

Mayank Agarwal of Kings XI Punjab praised K.L. Rahul (above) and Karun Nair.   -  PTI

Delhi Daredevils (DD) acknowledged the fact that Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) played a more intense game to win the IPL contest here. Daredevils assistant coach S. Sriram conceded, “They capitalised on the new ball. It was coming on to the bat easily. It was not an easy pitch to bat on. When we batted it was a bit slow and that’s the reason why we planned to have an Indian middle order to tackle the bowlers.”

He gave credit to his attack. “We have a very balanced bowling. We have fine seamers in Morris and Boult. Amit Mishra has tremendous experience of IPL. If not for the 24-run over (conceded by Mishra), it would have been different. Such things happen.”

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Sriram did not find fault with Rishabh Pant getting out at a critical stage. “That’s the way he bats. But we know he will get better. It is good to give him the freedom to go out and express himself.”

On Mujib ur Rahman’s excellent show, Sriram said, “He’s got a bag of tricks, but he will be watched closely from now. That’s the challenge for him.”

Mayank Agarwal of Kings XI Punjab praised K.L. Rahul and Karun Nair. “Rahul was tremendous and played some good cricketing strokes. Karun anchored the innings with his calculative knock.”