Kings XI Punjab weren’t outplayed in many matches in IPL 2019: R Ashwin

first_imgR Ashwin reflected on Kings XI Punjab’s Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019 campaign, saying the team missed out on a playoffs spot due to their inability to close out matches.Captain Ashwin pointed out that IPL 2019 wasn’t easy for KXIP but maintained they weren’t outplayed in many games. The skipper’s comments came after KL Rahul helped the team clinch a consolation win over Chennai Super Kings in their last match of the season in Mohali on Sunday.Kings XI Punjab had a disastrous season in Ashwin’s first year as captain of the franchise in 2018. KXIP had won 5 of their last 5 but lost 6 in the second half to lose out on playoffs spot.In 2019, KXIP had a similar start, winning 3 out of their first 4 matches but managed just 12 points in 14 matches to miss out on playoffs berth once again. KXIP, as Ashwin pointed out failed to hold on to their nerves in crunch games. They were also woeful on the road, managing just 1 win from 7 away matches.”It was not easy for us, but we haven’t been outplayed much in many games, except against SRH. We just haven’t been able to close out the close humdingers. We played some good cricket, and building on this is very important,” Ashwin said.He added: “There are a few reasons, we didn’t close out games, particularly in the powerplay and our middle overs. I feel that when teams plan and come back to us, we need to respond properly. That’s where some teams tick the box – they have played together for a long time.”advertisementWe have to build a core group: KXIP captain AshwinMeanwhile, Ashwin also stressed the need for Kings XI Punjab to build a core and work around it in the upcoming seasons. Ashwin quoted the examples of Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians’ success story and their reliance on core groups over the years in IPL.”We haven’t qualified but we have to build a core group to keep going for the next few seasons. CSK has a fulcrum of how they go about things, same with MI, SRH does it differently. We have to look at that in the future. We have to post a score that you can defend and some of the best teams do that very consistently. Varun was a massive idea in the auction so that we didn’t have to play a foreign spinner. Auctions are very unpredictable,” Ashwin said.”Many teams have done well because they have retained about 5 players,” he added.”I would like to bring forward the vision for a franchise going forward. Mike Hesson has done a fantastic job, to be honest and I aim to bring a good work ethic coming into the leadership role.”Also Read | KL Rahul batted really well, need to give credit to KXP, says MS DhoniAlso Read | Faf du Plessis hits career-best 96 as CSK batsmen peak at the right timeAlso See:last_img read more

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SALVATION ARMY RED KETTLE VOLUNTEERS BEGIN RINGING BELLS

first_imgThe Salvation Army of Siouxland didn’t let Friday’s winter storm stop them from starting their annual bell ringing campaign.Development Director Allison Liska says most of the volunteers made it to their locations:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/BELLS.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC…bells ringing. ;09Liska says more than 500 volunteers will ring bells over the course of the Red Kettle season which will end on Christmas Eve:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/BELLS2.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC…….. and toys. :16Liska says they can always use more volunteers to ring bells on the two hour shifts:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/BELLS3.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……..15 locations. :12Those locations include the local Wal-Marts, Fareway Food Stores, Hy-Vees, J.C. Penney’s, Sam’s Club and Hobby Lobby.last_img read more

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