In the 22nd game of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019 expedition, Kings XI Punjab recorded a brilliant 6-wicket victory over the Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) at the PCA Stadium in Mohali. The wicket was seriously not an easy one to bat on throughout the duration of the match. After the match, KXIP fast bowler Ankit Rajpoot opened up on his plans about how to restrict the SRH opener, David Warner’s scoring areas.
Warner played a very uncharacteristic innings of 72 runs last night to ensure his team ends up with a competitive first innings total of 150 runs. While in the run-chase, KXIP batting duo comprising of KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal compiled a remarkable 114-run partnership to advance their team towards a splendid victory.
I did not give him opportunity
Warner registered his slowest fifty ever in the history of the IPL off 49 balls. Rajpoot mentioned that his plan was to block Warner’s major run-scoring areas by bowling tight lines. He noted that he did not want to give the SRH opener any opportunity to play in accordance to his strength. “The plan was to block his runs by bowling a tight line. I did not give him opportunity to play to his strength,” said Ankit Rajpoot during the post-match press conference.
I was given the responsibility to exploit the conditions
Rajpoot was included in the playing XI in the game against Hyderabad in place of Murugan Ashwin and this was just his second match of the season. He revealed that he was given the huge responsibility to exploit the conditions with the new ball. He stated that the conditions in the previous few matches were not suitable for him as the wickets were pretty slow and flat. Thus, Rajpoot was given the opportunity last night as it was a green wicket.
“As my ball swings, I was given the responsibility to exploit the conditions. In other matches, we had flat or slow-turner wicket, so it was not that helpful. Here the wicket was green, and I was given the opportunity,” he added.
Rajpoot also noted that the coaches as well as his captain have supported him really well. “The combination was not there. However, in this match the combination worked as we played Mujeeb Ur Rahman and an Indian bowler had to fit in, therefore, I played. But there was no pressure as I was ready to play every match, I had the support of my captain and coaches,” Rajpoot concluded.