IPL 2020, CSK vs KXIP: Will Hurt For Some Time, says KL Rahul After KXIP Out Of IPL 2020

Kings XI Punjab’s chances for qualifying IPL 2020 ended on November 01 after CSK defeated the KL Rahul-led team by nine wickets. Here’s what KL Rahul said after KXIP got knocked out of IPL 2020.

After stumbling to a nine-wicket loss against MS Dhoni’s Chennai Super Kings (CSK), Kings XI Punjab skipper KL Rahul on Sunday (November 1, 2020) revealed that it does hurt to not qualify for the playoffs in IPL 2020. He also added that there is a lot to be proud of, as well. Ruturaj Gaikwad and Faf du Plessis played knocks of 62 and 48 respectively and CSK defeated Kings XI Punjab KXIP by nine wickets at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi. Here’s what the KXIP captain said.

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With this loss, the team KXIP has been knocked out of IPL. Until now, the KL Rahul-led side had to settle with 12 points from 14 matches, while CSK also has the same number of points from as many matches. KL Rahul, during the post-match press conference, said, “Every youngster has been putting in a lot of work, they have been working with the coaches, youngsters have played games against high-quality opposition, they have handled the pressure really well, we will keep an eye on the boys and we will try to work for them, there is a lot for them to grow”.

On losing the game and opting out of IPL, the captain of KXIP further said, “It does hurt, we did really well to give us a chance to qualify for the playoffs, there is a lot for us to be proud of this season, it would have been great if we had got one more victory to qualify for the playoffs, this will hurt for a little while, we need to take the learnings and come back stronger next season (sic)”,  he added.

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During the match, Deepak Hooda played an unbeaten knock of 62 runs as KXIP posted a total of 153/6 in twenty overs. For the unversed, he managed to hit some big shots in the final overs, and as a result, the team managed to score a total of more than the 150-run mark. In the next inning, Lungi Ngidi from CSK took three wickets. Talking about the same, Rahul further added that, “It was a good wicket, we could not really get partnerships going, with us getting 50 in the first six overs, we should have capitalized on that, maybe 180-190 would have been a good score, Deepak gave us a fighting chance in the match. Don’t think the batting order went wrong, as batsmen, we all knew that we had to post a big score on the board, it was an important game, we did not soak up the pressure well, a couple of partnerships would have helped us, we needed one from the top four to get a 70-80, unfortunately, it could not happen,” (sic).

In the end, he also added, “We needed to win this game, we felt we also needed to win this game with a decent margin that is why we went with a batting heavy side. Deepak batted really well, he gave us an opportunity to defend the score, he gave us hope, I am really happy that guys who are working very hard are seeing success, (sic)”. (ANI)

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