IPL 2019, DC vs KXIP: Kings XI Punjab coach Mike Hesson says 'destiny is in our own hands' after team's loss against Delhi

The loss to Delhi Capitals notwithstanding, Kings XI Punjab coach Mike Hesson reckons that destiny is in team's hands as far as making the IPL playoffs is concerned.

Press Trust of India, Apr 21, 2019 11:50:35 IST

New Delhi: The loss to Delhi Capitals notwithstanding, Kings XI Punjab coach Mike Hesson reckons that "destiny is in our own hands" as far as making the IPL playoffs is concerned.

Kings Xi Punjab coach Mike Hesson speaks during a press conference. Sportzpics

Kings Xi Punjab coach Mike Hesson speaks during a press conference. Sportzpics

The visiting Kings XI Punjab suffered a five-wicket defeat at the hands of Delhi Capitals in the return leg match. The mid-table team now has five wins and as many reverses from 10 outings in the ongoing 12th edition of the league.

"We played good cricket and there was probably only one game, in which we were a bit disappointing, and that was against RCB when we were below our own standards, but outside of that we have actually played very well, I think," Hesson said at the post-match press conference on Saturday night.

The former New Zealand coach added, "The destiny is in our own hands and, when we come to the back end of the tournament, that's what you want.

"And you know that if you play well you give yourself good chance of winning. We gave ourselves a decent chance tonight. And I am very proud in terms of the way we played in conditions that were challenging, the way we hung in there, was a good effort."

Batting first, KXIP scored 163 for seven in their stipulated 20 overs, before DC completed their chase with two balls to spare.

"It was a good score batting first, the ball was holding a bit, so I think the fact that we looked to attack early on because we knew it was going to get harder as the ball got older, 163, on this surface, was a decent score.

"But, obviously, dew was always going to be a main factor and that was something that was considered at the toss by both sides. We certainly didn't get the hold in the wicket that we were hoping for. And I thought the way Shikhar (Dhawan) and Shreyas (Iyer) batted, they played low risk cricket and they played well.

Both Dhawan and Iyer stroked fluent fifties to guide DC to their sixth win of the season.

The story could have been different though, had Chris Gayle stayed on for some more time. The big-hitting Jamaican smashed 69 off 37 balls with the help of five towering sixes and six fours.

"Chris is very unique in terms of the power that he has got, he was the one guy to take the game away from the opposition. Obviously, we also kept losing wickets, which made it difficult to push on. That's why I thought the last partnership in the end, between Ashwin and Harpreet Brar, was very important for us," Hesson said.

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Updated Date: Apr 21, 2019 11:50:35 IST


IPL 2019 POINTS TABLE

Pos. Team P W L D Pts.
1
Mumbai
14 9 5 0 18
2
Chennai
14 9 5 0 18
3
Delhi
14 9 5 0 18
4
Hyderabad
14 6 8 0 12
5
Kolkata
14 6 8 0 12
6
Punjab
14 6 8 0 12
7
Rajasthan
14 5 8 0 11
8
Bangalore
14 5 8 0 11
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
6 Sri Lanka 3462 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 5372 125
2 India 5669 121
3 South Africa 4488 115
4 New Zealand 3729 113
5 Australia 4342 109
6 Pakistan 3846 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
6 New Zealand 4056 254