Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) conceded a heartening three-wicket loss at the hands of hosts Mumbai Indians (MI) at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Wednesday. The home team’s stand-in skipper Kieron Pollard smacked a stupendous knock to steer his team to an unbelievable victory. After the disappointing loss, KXIP skipper Ravichandran Ashwin reckoned that the visitors needed to be a little bit steelier and smarter with their plans, which might have forced the result in their favour.
Pollard took the game away from us
The home team lost some quick wickets at the start of the run-chase, but the stand-in skipper, Kieron Pollard kept his side in the game with his power-packed six-hitting show. He smacked a scintillating knock of 83 runs off just 31 balls which included 10 monstrous sixes, to take the matters till the final over. KXIP fast bowler Ankit Rajpoot tried to spoil the party, dismissing Pollard with four runs still needed to win the game. However, in the end, Alzarri Joseph held his nerves brilliantly well to guide Mumbai to an emphatic victory.
In the first innings, KL Rahul composed a magnificent hundred and Chris Gayle also scored on a blistering rate during his 36-ball 63. “At the end of the day Pollard batted beautifully and took the game away from us. Quite a lot of positives. We showed a lot of composure with the bat. Rahul batted through and closed out the innings. We could have been a little steelier and smarter with our plans. He (Gayle) said he twisted his back. We have to go check and how he is,” quoted Ravichandran Ashwin.
It was a defendable total
At the back of Gayle’s outrageous onslaught and Rahul’s terrific hundred, KXIP posted a massive first innings total of 197 runs. Ashwin also noted that it was a defendable total and had they been a little sharper in the field, they would have ended up on the winning side. Ashwin also shed light on the fact that KXIP’s innings with the bat lost a little bit of momentum with the fall of quick wickets during the middle-overs stage.
“We were a bit up and down with our fielding and catching. Probably if we would have been sharper, we would have ended up on the right side. I think it was a defendable total. It was just about par. It is a hard defending ground. We were about 10s for 10-12 overs and then we lost a little momentum while batting which I feel was crucial for us,” the KXIP skipper added.