The journey of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 has been difficult for Punjab kings so far. The team has played a total of eight matches, winning only three of them, but has lost five. The Delhi Kings easily defeated the Punjab Kings by seven wickets on Sunday. After the defeat, the captain in charge, Mayank Agarwal, had the team score less than 10 runs, causing them to lose. He also gave a refresh to Punjab Kings captain KL Rahul.
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Rahul was hospitalized following the pain of the appendix and was replaced by Mayank Agarwal as the leader. After the defeat against the Delhi Capitals, he said, “It would have been nice if we had got two points in this game, but we scored less than 10 runs and then lost the way they batted in the powerplay.” Regarding his batting, he said, ‘Any batsman has to stick to the end and that’s my plan. Today was my day and I took on this responsibility. Unfortunately we were unable to score much runs in the middle overs. We need to focus on doing better in the next game.
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Commenting on Rahul, Agarwal said, “KL Rahul has gone into surgery and he is hoping to return.” Speaking of the match, Punjab Kings started playing without their usual heroes. Mayank Agarwal took the captaincy instead of KL Rahul and played an amazing innings of 99 off 58 balls. However, they did not get much support from the other end and the entire team could only score 166 for six in 20 overs. In reply, the Delhi Capitals set the target by losing three wickets in 17.4 overs and won the match by seven wickets. Shikhar Dhawan scored 69 not out.