KL Rahul: If we can handle the pressure, we will be among the top teams, says Captain KL Rahul of the Punjab Kings | Cricket news

DUBAI: Punjab Kings (pbks) skipper KL Rahul says his team can consistently reach the Indian Premier League (IPL) playoffs if they learn to better deal with pressure and not lose games from leading positions.
Punjab Kings, who tend to tear defeat from the mouth of victory, defeated the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) here on Friday to keep their playoff hopes alive.
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“I’ll take the two points,” Rahul said at the post-game presentation when asked if his team was part of another tense finish.

KKR made 165 for seven and Punjab came home with three balls.
“We played it smart, realized that it was a decent wicket and couldn’t experiment too much. We went slightly defensive with the ball. There wasn’t much spin and we wanted to hit the clubs on the bigger side.
“With the racket, too, we gave the players clear roles. Of course we want to end games. The win will give us confidence and hopefully we’ll build on that,” said Rahul, who scored 67 in a match.
Rahul had to skip the weirdo Harpreet Brar who did well for the team.
“Those are things that kill me as a captain. I don’t want to leave the Indians out. It was with a heavy heart that Harpreet had to get out. Had to see what our best XI would be if Chris (Gayle) leaves the bladder.”

He also praised Shahrukh Khan for finishing the game for Punjab.
“Shahrukh has done brilliantly in the nets. In the first phase he saw how strong he is. He asks a lot of questions and wants to end games. Today he played decent shots of cricket, set some limits and we all know that he can meet. ” the ball far. He can finish games, did it for Tamil Nadu. ”
When asked about the playoff changes, he added: “We often put too much pressure on ourselves. Everyone knows we are a much better team. Putting too much pressure on ourselves doesn’t help. We fought every game to the end . ”
“If we can handle the pressure we will be among the top teams,” he added.

KKR skipper Eoin Morgan said the field let her down.
“At first we didn’t play that well, we made catches, me and others. It cost us. If the game got so close towards the end, a few extra wickets would have helped us. I also thought we had fought.” hard, hit very well and probably had a par score. ”
Regarding Rahul Tripathi’s catch of the Punjab skipper in the 19th, who was not judged flawless by the third referee, Morgan said: “I thought in real time it was out.”
“When you slow things down and analyze it it’s obvious that the third referee thought differently and his decision has been made, that’s final and we have to get on with it.
“But it would have been nice if we had that wicket. I think everyone who was out there found it difficult to get rolling at first, it wasn’t an easy wicket to start with. But after a strong 13- We made it 14 overs. ” Do not use this platform. ”

Opener Venkatesh Iyer was among the runs again and is the season finder for KKR.
“He’s a real find for us, he’s been with us all season and we’ve seen him in action. His attitude in particular is fantastic for a guy who plays fearlessly like him with the racket,” said Morgan.
“He takes on a lot of responsibility with the ball, Dre Russ leaves a huge gap for us in the all-rounder position, but having someone to come in and contribute is really great.
“We played great cricket in the second half and we have some positive aspects to take with us tonight. Two more games are ahead of us, we will fight hard and hopefully get some good results and be in the play-offs.” he added.