punjab kings: IPL: Changing the ball in dewy conditions would be fair to the team bowling second, says KL Rahul | Cricket News – Times of India


MUMBAI: Punjab Kings‘ skipper KL Rahul wants a provision for the ball to be changed at the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) as it becomes difficult for the bowlers to grip it because of dew during the second half of the match.
Mayank Agarwal and Rahul on Sunday played brilliant knocks to help Punjab set a 196-run target for the Delhi Capitals. However, Shikhar Dhawan‘s ferocious innings took the game away as Delhi registered an easy six-wicket win at the Wankhede Stadium.
“Dew did sway things. Bowling second is always a challenge at the Wankhede. We always try to prepare for such conditions but it does get difficult in the situation,” Rahul told host broadcaster Star Sports at the post-match presentation.

“I think it [changing the ball] would be fair, and I’m not just saying that because I’m on the losing side. I did ask the umpires to change the ball a couple of times but that’s not in the rules,” he added.
Agarwal’s 69 from 36 balls and a final-over cameo by Shahrukh Khan helped Punjab post an impressive 195/4 in their allotted 20 overs. In response, Dhawan’s 92 and Marcus Stoinis’ unbeaten 27 off 13 helped Delhi get over the line with 10 balls to spare.
Rahul, who celebrated his 29th birthday on Sunday, was disappointed with the loss and admitted that Punjab Kings were 10-15 runs short of the par score.

“A victory would’ve been sweet on my birthday. Slightly disappointing but we’ve still got a lot of games left. In the end, when you look at it, it does look 10-15 [runs] short,” said Rahul.
“But I felt after batting in the middle, 196 was really good. In the first half, Mayank and I were saying the same, that we’d be good if we got 180-190. But obviously at Wankhede there’s dew and credit to Dhawan for the way he batted,” he added.

Agarwal toed his skipper’s line.
“I thought it was a good total [as] it was not as easy in the first innings…Credit to Delhi bowlers for how they executed after the 12th-over mark,” said Agarwal.
“Dew played a factor in the second innings. As I said, it was not that easy…I thought Delhi Capitals batted exceedingly well,” he added.
Punjab Kings will next take on Sunrisers Hyderabad at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai on Wednesday.

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