DC vs PBKS, 11th match, IPL 2021 – KL Rahul

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The Punjab Kings captain says the team bowling second shouldn’t have such a “huge disadvantage” because of dew

KL Rahul, the Punjab Kings captain, feels there should be a provision to change the ball during the second innings of a T20 game, especially in dewy conditions else the bowling team faces a “huge disadvantage”.

Defending 195 against the Delhi Capitals at the Wankhede Stadium on Sunday, the Kings’ bowlers struggled with the dew, forcing Rahul to even check with the umpires if the ball could be changed. The playing conditions didn’t allow that and the Capitals went on to win the game with ten balls to spare.

“I think that (the ball change) will really be fair to the team bowling second, and I am not just saying that because I am on the losing side,” Rahul told Star Sports at the post-match presentation. “I think that’s only fair that the team bowling second doesn’t have such a huge disadvantage. Our bowlers try and practice their skills with the wet ball, but when you go out in the middle with the pressure it’s always difficult. I did ask the umpires to change the ball a couple of times, but again, it’s not in the rulebook, so that’s how the game goes, we’ve got to take it.”

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