Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) captain Yuvraj Singh admitted that Sreesanth has been getting on his nerves. “I am getting angry with him on the field but I am happy to have the points today,” Yuvraj said after his team’s last win.
Sreesanth has had a seesaw ride in the IPL. On Friday Sreesanth had a tidy two for 20 in four overs, after having been carted for 21 runs in his only over three nights ago. “He is getting better day by day. He bowled at his best today but he is coming from injury and has had his ups and downs,” said Yuvraj.
On Friday, Sreesanth did not face Yuvraj’s ire because his team collected two important points to stay alive in the competition.
Yuvraj took the bold decision to bowl, unsure of how the pitch would behave. His bowlers contained the Daredevils to a run a ball after removing their dangerous four --- Gautam Gambhir, Virender Sehwag, Tillekaratne Dilshan and A.B. de Villiers --- inside the first 10 overs.
During their run chase, they kept their cool. “We needed a partnership and there was not too many to chase. Sangakkara took his time to settle down, I took my time. We needed to play big shots in the end and thankfully Irfan played those shots,” Yuvraj said.
The arrival Brett Lee has made a huge difference. “With his arrival, our bowling has become better, he brings with him a lot of enthusiasm, pace and has been of immense help to Irfan (Pathan) and Sreesanth.”
Kings XI, last year’s losing semifinalists, will have sleepless nights in the coming four days. They are up against the Deccan Chargers (DC) in Wanderers on Sunday followed by the game against Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in Durban on Wednesday.
The Chargers and Super Kings too have not yet booked their semifinal berths. So packed is the table that KXIP, after their win, are sixth with 12 points. There are six teams in the 11-13 point bracket as on Friday night and it is anybody’s game from here on.