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Cricket news - Really hurts to not close off the game: Mayank

Kings XI Punjab needed one run off three balls but Mayank's ill-timed dismissal set the ball rolling for Delhi Capitals

Kings XI Punjab needed one run off three balls but Mayank's ill-timed dismissal set the ball rolling for Delhi Capitals

Kings XI Punjab needed just one run off three balls against Delhi Capitals with set batsman Mayank Agarwal at the crease. The equation came down to one off two balls when Mayank sliced a full toss to the fielder positioned at backward point. Chris Jordan then flicked Marcus Stoinis straight to the man at short square-leg, with the game ending in a pulsating tie. Eventually, DC went on to clinch the thriller in the Super-Over.

It turned out to be a bittersweet day for Mayank. Despite KXIP suffering a collapse, Mayank had held the innings together and also upped the ante at the right time. However, with KXIP at the doorstep of victory, he found the lone fielder positioned square of the wicket on the off-side.

"I think we had a tough day," Mayank was quoted as saying by KXIP TV. "There are a lot of positives to take out. The way we came back was fantastic, the way we bowled with the new ball was terrific. It really hurts to not close off the game from the situation we were in... feels terrible. This is just the first game... we can get things rolling again, let's see how we will go in the coming games. I think to play a game like that first up was fantastic. Everyone was up for it, guys really put in the effort.

"Definitely, we should have finished the game when we needed one run," he added.

Meanwhile, Marcus Stoinis turned out to be the star performer for DC. He didn't just power DC from a precariously-placed 96 for 6 to a competitive total, but also bowled the final over of the innings, picking up the wickets of Agarwal and Jordan. One of the key turning points of the game came in the last over of DC's innings when Stoinis smacked Jordan for two sixes and three boundaries, as the side collected 30 runs in a single over.

Speaking to iplt20.com, Stoinis noted that the plan was to get to the last two overs and then to press the accelerator pedal. "Actually, spoke to you (Stoinis told Alex Carey) a little bit when you were running the gloves out. We lost a couple of wickets... the plan was with Ricky (Ponting) maybe we thought of targeting 130. Get a total on the board that we can defend... get to the last two overs and see what happens."

With Ravi Ashwin laid low by a shoulder problem, Stoinis had to also bowl the crucial last over. The all-rounder observed that the initial plan was to get Mayank off strike. "I was counting down the bowling. I sort of did the Maths and I knew I had to bowl the last over. So I had to come out with a plan (for) what I had to bowl. The first ball didn't go to plan. So the initial plan was to get Mayank off strike. That went for six and then the plan had to change quickly. But that was obviously a pretty funny last over. It worked out for us. Obviously KG bowled so well and we only had to chase the three runs (in the Super-Over)."

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