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Kings XI Punjab batsman says his team knew they could win if they got basics right
By Akshay Manwani
Kolkata 15 April 2012
After overcoming the Pune Warriors India in their last game, Kings XI Punjab defeated the Kolkata Knight Riders in a keenly contested game to win two back-to-back outings. Having scored a paltry 134 runs while batting first, KXIP were headed for a certain defeat when KKR had knocked off 73 runs from the first 11 overs for the loss of two wickets. However, Piyush Chawla’s double strike in the 13th over turned the game decisively in favour of the visitors. They ultimately managed to restrict the hosts to 132 for seven – two runs shy of KXIP’s total.
David Hussey (32 off 31 balls), who was one of the few batsmen on the evening to come to terms with the Eden Gardens wicket, spoke on the dramatic comeback made by his team in an exclusive interview with iplt20.com. What was the talk in the changing room at the halfway point?
We always said we have enough runs. If we bowled and fielded well and did the basics better than them, we thought we had enough runs. The Indian batsmen in the line-up haven’t really been performing, but the Indian bowlers won you the match today. Does that put greater pressure on the Indian batsmen in your team now that their counterparts are doing well?
There is expectation from all the batters not just Indian batters. There was fantastic bowling tonight by Praveen Kumar up front. Piyush Chawla changed the game and what a last over by Harmeet [Singh]. It was fantastic.
What about Bhargav Bhatt? This was his first game and he bowled exceptionally well?
He is playing nicely. He got a few runs and hopefully he continues his form. Was Harmeet Singh the automatic choice for the last over?
Harmeet was the automatic choice. He does this for us week in and week out. He has bowled fantastically in this tournament, and hopefully, it continues for him. Now you return home for two games at Mohali. Is it difficult to adjust so quickly to different conditions?
Every ground is different, but we play at our home ground very, very well. That’s our fortress. It’s good to come here and win, having such difficult conditions. Hopefully, we go back home, play some decent cricket, and put in a great show for our home crowd.
4,333 Runs scored by David Hussey in Twenty20s – most by any batsman in this format. He moved ahead of Brad Hodge’s tally of 4,303 runs.
175 Number of Twenty20 matches played by David Hussey – most by any player. South African Albie Morkel is in second place with 174 Twenty20 appearances. 60 Piyush Chawla took his 60th wicket in his IPL career when he bowled Manvinder Bisla. He became the sixth bowler to reach the 60-wicket mark after Lasith Malinga, Munaf Patel, RP Singh, Pragyan Ojha and Amit Mishra. Chawla now has a tally of 62 wickets in 59 IPL matches.
6 Number of ducks recorded by Praveen Kumar in the IPL. He became the sixth player after Amit Mishra, Shane Warne, Parthiv Patel, Mithun Manhas and Adam Gilchrist to score six or more ducks in the IPL. Amit Mishra and Shane Warne jointly lead the dubious list with seven ducks each. 5 Sunil Narine returned the career best figures of five for 19. His previous best was four for nine for Trinidad & Tobago against Leeward Islands at North Sound on January 11, 2012. He also became the third bowler after Ravindra Jadeja (five for 16) and Dimitry Mascarenhas (five for 25) to take five wickets in a match in IPL 2012.
3 Number of dismissals effected by Manvinder Bisla. He became only the second wicketkeeper after Robin Uthappa to effect three or more dismissals in IPL 2012. 2 The two-run win by Kings XI Punjab is the sixth occasion in the IPL when a team has won by two runs or less. Interestingly, three of them have been recorded by Kings XI Punjab – they beat the Mumbai Indians (in 2008) and Deccan Chargers (in 2009) by one run.