In a game where bowlers were tonked around the park, Mohit Sharma kept his cool in the last over to restrict marauding Kieron Pollard and keep Kings XI Punjab’s playoff hopes alive with a narrow seven-run win over table-toppers Mumbai Indians in the 2017 IPL at the Wanhkede Stadium on Thursday. (HIGHLIGHTS)
Pollard had hit Mohit for a huge six off the second ball to bring the equation to nine runs in four ball which in T20 parlance should have been a cakewalk for someone like Pollard, who till that moment didn’t put a foot wrong. But ,Mohit bowled the best four balls of his cricketing career to keep the Trinidadian all-round at bay. (SCORECARD)
Wriddhiman Saha, who was adjudged the Man-of-the-Match for his 55-ball 93, hailed Mohit’s effort.
“I didn’t come to the bowler (Mohit) as skipper (Glenn Maxwell) was the only one speaking to him. Pollard was playing well but he was tired in the end and he could bowl some good yorkers were bowled, it will be tough for Pollard to hit. When we were batting they bowled some good yorkers as well to restrict our scoring and we were tired a bit as well. Initially, Mohit tried a slower ball -- the knuckle ball -- which is his strength but Pollard hit it for a six but he then moved to the team plan and bowled good yorkers,” said Saha, who opened the innings for the first time this season.
Kings XI Punjab had to win their remaining three matches to keep their chances of qualifying for the playoffs alive and they have managed to win two of them so far, toppling top-two in the table -- Mumbai Indians and Kolkata Knight Riders.
Their last game is against Rising Pune Supergiant, currently third in the standings, on Sunday and they will have to win that as well to keep themselves in hunt and hope that teams ahead of them drop points for them to qualify.
Saha said that team approached the remaining games with ‘nothing to lose’ attitude and its helping them.
“In the last couple of matches we are going in with an attitude of nothing to lose. And with an attitude to execute our plans in all departments and stick to your natural game and we will see what happens. In two matches we beat Kolkata Knight Riders and Mumbai Indians and the last match is against Pune. So the target will be to play it the same way as we did today and then lets see what happens,” said Saha.