Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) recorded its fourth win of IPL 2019 by defeating Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) by a convincing 6-wicket margin at the PCA Stadium in Mohali. The KXIP batting duo comprising of KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal smashed amazing half-centuries each in the second innings to guide their team towards an emphatic win. However, even after a brilliant victory, KXIP skipper Ravichandran Ashwin feels that there is still some room for improvement.
Too close to comfort
During the post-match presentation ceremony, Ashwin mentioned that his team’s efforts were too close to comfort as the recent games they have played have gone down really close. He revealed that the biggest positive is that there is still scope for improvement. Ashwin also admitted to the fact that the KXIP bowlers leaked too many runs in the last 10 overs.
“Too close to comfort. We have had really close games, the biggest positive for me is there is scope for improvement. It will be really harsh to say that we conceded 100 runs in the last 10 overs. The plans were held very well upon. There is enough ability to work on it,” quoted Ravichandran Ashwin.
Mujeeb knows Mohali really well
The home team made two changes to their playing XI from the previous game, including the likes of Mujeeb Ur Rahman and Ankit Rajpoot in place of Murugan Ashwin and Andrew Tye respectively. Mujeeb bowled really well both with the new as well as with the old ball to contain the opposition batsmen and also picked up the prized scalp of the dangerous Jonny Bairstow.
“Mujeeb knows Mohali very well and as a spinner you need to know the lengths and speeds to bowl at. Sometimes the figures don’t do justice, but I think Mujeeb bowled well today,” Ashwin added.
The KXIP skipper further mentioned that spinners are used to bowling with the new ball and reckoned that Mujeeb has performed that job amazingly well for his national team. “You do use spinners with the new ball and Mujeeb has done it all his life for Afghanistan. And it was a good match-up between (Jonny) Bairstow and Mujeeb,” the KXIP skipper concluded.