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Harsh Kalan in Bengaluru 14 May 2013 - 10:53pm IST

We just have to keep winning: Awana

KXIP pacer talks about his team’s uncertain Playoffs road

After the Royal Challengers Bangalore posted a mammoth 174 at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium, not many expected them to lose to the same opposition in an identical manner in IPL 2013. However, Kings XI Punjab charted out another big, successful run-chase led by a left-hander – only this time it was Adam Gilchrist instead of David Miller.

While this win will boost KXIP’s morale in the last week of the regular season, the men from Punjab still have to bank on other league results to make the Playoffs. KXIP pacer, Parvinder Awana, highlighted this fact during his exclusive post-game chat with IPLT20.com.

“Now all we can do is keep on winning and take it one game at a time, since we have a chance to make it. But it depends on other results going in our favour as well,” said Awana, as he contemplated the ambiguous road to the post-season.

Meanwhile, Awana was all praises for the KXIP batters, who pulled off a clinical chase against the RCB bowlers.

“The wicket was good today and they made 170-odd. So, while chasing, our batsmen did well to play out the first 10 overs and then accelerate, which is how it panned out in the end,” Awana said. However, he played down talks of KXIP making a habit of chasing down big scores against RCB.

But on the day, even Awana proved to be a handful for the RCB batters as he took three wickets for 39 runs. He said that focusing on bowling Yorkers held him in good stead during this all-important game.

“I was working real hard going into this game. One delivery that worked for me was the Yorker – both with Gayle and other batters,” said Awana, who along with Azhar Mahmood did well to restrict RCB in the first 10 overs.

“Our plan was to give as few runs as possible by taking wickets. Since it was a good track, only taking wickets could curb the scoring rate initially,” Awana said.

The pacer also mentioned how the KXIP bowlers had planned to bowl to Gayle’s body, thereby not giving him any room to free his arms and lash out. “Basically, that was the plan and it worked for the first 10 overs when they were 55-odd. However, Gayle accelerated later on and we were unable to stop him until he got out in the end,” Awana said.

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