I am speechless, we panicked and miscalculated: Delhi captain Shreyas Iyer

WION Web Team
New Delhi, Delhi, India Published: Apr 02, 2019, 12.51 PM(IST)

Shreyas Iyer. Photograph:( PTI )

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At a point, Delhi were going strong at 144 for 3 in the 17th over, chasing 167 but Sam Curran's hat-trick saw the visitors being bowled out for 152 in 19.2 overs. 

Delhi's captain Shreyas Iyer was left speechless after his side's fourteen-run loss to Ravichandran Ashwin-led Punjab in an Indian Premier League fixture on Monday. 

Shreyas said that his team simply "panicked" and "miscalculated" the target that caused the avoidable loss at Punjab's home turf. 

At a point, Delhi were going strong at 144 for 3 in the 17th over, chasing 167 but Sam Curran's hat-trick saw the visitors being bowled out for 152 in 19.2 overs. 

During the post-match presentation, Shreyas Iyer said, "I am really speechless. It is a crucial match and losing such matches is not going to benefit us."

"Really disappointing. With the way we were going, we came to run-a-ball and to lose from there. We didn't play smart cricket and Punjab outplayed us in all the departments. 

"We miscalculated the target. I think It was just a panic in between. They got two wickets in succession, (Chris) Morris and (Rishabh) Pant and there we lost the match. Our batsmen did not taking initiative to win the game," the skipper said. 

Delhi visited Punjab to with high confidence after defeating Kolkata in a Super Over in their previous match. 

"I couldn't figure it out what happened today. It happened in the previous match as well, we were going really good and suddenly ball-to-ball.... These are key factors we have to work on," he said.  

"Our batting has been really dominant right from the start but we need to learn from this small things." 

Iyer was also critical of their bowling. 

"Also we didn't bowl that great to be honest, we got a bad start but we controlled in between and that is something we need to take forward," the Delhi skipper said. 

"Looking at the quality we have, I think we shouldn't be losing such matches." 

Iyer said Delhi will have enough time to work on their shortcoming since it happened early in the tournament. 

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