Shreyas Iyer-led Delhi Capitals were chasing 144 for 3 in the 17th over, chasing 167 and were subsequently bowled out for 152 in 19.2 overs against Kings XI Punjab. @PTI

A gutted Delhi Capitals captain Shreyas Iyer said that he was “speechless” after his team lost seven wickets for eight runs in their 14-run defeat to Kings XI Punjab in an IPL encounter here Monday.

DC were chasing 144 for 3 in the 17th over, chasing 167 and were subsequently bowled out for 152 in 19.2 overs. (ALSO READ: IPL 2019, KXIP vs DC: Delhi brain fade hands Punjab third win)

“I am really speechless. It is a crucial match and losing such matches is not going to benefit us,” Iyer said at the post-match presentation ceremony.

“Really disappointing. With the way we were going, we came to run-a-ball and to lose from there, really disappointing. We didn’t play smart cricket and Punjab outplayed us in all the departments. They were really cool and calm in that situation. Our batsmen did not taking initiative to win the game,” the skipper said. (ALSO READ: IPL 2019: How Delhi Capitals capitulated against Kings XI Punjab)

A delighted KXIP skipper Ravichandran Ashwin said that they were waiting for Rishabh Pant to make a mistake and cash in from thereon. (VIDEO: Sam Curran hat-trick seals sensational win for Kings XI Punjab)

“Not may times, you defend. When Rishabh hit the six, we just needed to hang in there. Credit to (Mohammed) Shami and (Sam) Curran. We were probably 25 runs short. We backed ourselves to defend with three spinners.”