‘Didn’t start well, didn’t finish…’: Punjab Kings’ Sam Curran after another ‘close loss’ | Cricket News


New Delhi: Punjab Kings all-rounder Sam CurranThe man leading the side in the absence of injured captain Shikhar Dhawan blamed the team's batsmen for yet another 'close defeat' in the IPL, and expressed his disappointment at their inability to finish out games.
Shimron Hetmyer continued his dominance and scored an unbeaten 27 off 10 balls as Rajasthan Royals maintained their top position in the points table by defeating Punjab Kings by three wickets in a low-scoring thriller. After restricting Punjab to 147/8 in 20 overs, the Royals were ahead. Later, Hetmyer's arrival caused trouble Riyan ParagThere was a collapse and Dhruv Jurel was also seen out. Amid mounting pressure, Hetmyer, who barely got batting time in the season, hit a four and three sixes, including the winning shot, as Royals won with a ball to spare.
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Despite the competitive performance, Punjab have struggled to convert chances into wins, highlighting the need for better execution at crucial moments.
“The wicket was a bit slow, but we didn't start well with the bat and didn't finish well in the end. It was a good effort from the lower order, getting close to 150 was great, the bowling was good, we kept them in check, unfortunately one more Close defeat,” Curran said in the post-match conversation.
“We stuck to our plans, bowled and fielded well, but I'm confident we'll bounce back in the next game. Three games is a tough way to fully acclimatise to the conditions (at the new venue), but we did well. Adapted, we won the first match and lost two matches by close margins (by 2 runs and 3 wickets), which is tough to take, but how well we have played in the last few matches will give the boys a boost,” added Curran.

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