Vijay Rath of Kings XI Punjab was banned by Rajasthan Royals on Friday and defeated him by 7 wickets in IPL-13. After this defeat, Punjab captain Lokesh Rahul said that it was disappointing to lose the toss as the latter lost a lot of dew and it became easy to bat.
The Punjab team scored 185 for 4 wickets thanks to a brilliant innings by Chris Gayle (99). Gayle took the advantage of two lives and shared a 120-run partnership for the second wicket with Lokesh Rahul (46) in addition to scoring 99 runs off 63 balls with eight sixes and six fours. After this, Rajasthan scored 186 for three in 17.3 overs thanks to the innings of Ben Stokes (50), Sanju Samson (48), Captain Steve Smith (31 not out) and Robin Uthappa (30). Jose Butler also remained unbeaten after scoring 22 off 11 balls.
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Captain Rahul said after the match, “It was very disappointing to lose the toss because a lot of dew fell later. Later it became very easy to bat. Wrist spinners want the ball to be dry and the ball grips from the surface, but due to dew it becomes quite difficult. However, when we were batting, it was not a bad score.
Rahul said that his bowlers did not bowl poorly. He said, ‘We did not bowl poorly but we have to learn to bowl better with a wet ball. Dew cannot be predicted. We spoke with the field workers and they said that there was no dew in the last match. You cannot prepare for it. You just have to adjust. ‘