Like before,after a sluggish start in the IPL,Kings XI Punjab roared to an impressive seven-wicket win over Pune Warriors in Mohali night riding on David Miller and Mandeep Singh’s brisk half centuries.
Speaking after the match,this is what 41-year-old Gilchrist said,”I am definitely under scrutiny,I have not scored runs… the drop catch was a really bad let off and it could have cost us the game. Not good enough for me. When we sit down at the selection table,we will have to look at that and see what’s right. Fortunately,the young guys have really lifted the team today to a great result. Gilchrist’s poor run of form continued,with the Aussie spilling a catch off Aaron Finch,who went on to score a fifty,besides getting out early.
Gilchrist’s countryman Shaun Marsh joined the squad two days ago,and his availability has opened up options for the opening slot. “Yeah,we have got some thinking to do,with David playing so well and Shaun’s back. We will have to assess how ready he (Shaun) is and when he is able to get back into the team. There are plenty of options. There is definitely some areas of weakness,I haven’t scored the runs.”
On the availability of their star batsman Shaun Marsh,who has joined the team after undergoing a knee surgery,KXIP coach Darren Lehmann said,”He won’t be available yet. He is here with the squad but he is just coming back from a surgery. We don’t want to take any risks with the players who’re not fit to the level we want them to.”
Adding more,Lehmann said,”He is still 3-4 days away from that. In a tournament like the IPL you can’t risk that. So once he is fully fit and gets into the fielding drills and running between the wickets he will be available.”
“It was such difficult ground to defend and hence the reason to bowl first and chase the total. Knowing the power of David’s game and the touch of Mandeep,I thought it was a good blend out there.” Gilchrist also appreciated Mandeep’s common sense,saying the batsman kept his nerve at crucial moments and used his cricketing brain to the best.
Miller,who accompanied Gilchrist,said Mandeep did an “unbelievable job to bat all the way through”. He said the team was initially under pressure having lost two quick wickets,”but Mandy batted well and with about 10 plus runs needed,Mandy kept telling me that we just need a boundary an over. I really believe we were in the game whole time,to be honest”.
He,however,said that the team will take out “some real positives out of this game”. He also praised the way Yuvraj Singh and Luke Wright batted. Asked if giving Wright the last over was a correct decision,Finch said,”it’s a funny one,when you win the game,you look like a hero and when you lose,you look like a bit of an idiot. The way Ashok (Dinda) bowled the 19th over was outstanding. “In that circumstances,it was unbelievable. The guy (Miller) was in phenomenal form,he was on song from the start. He had a great partnership with Mandeep. I don’t think we did too much wrong to be honest.”
High on confidence
High on confidence after registering a morale-boosting win over Pune Warriors on Sunday night,Kings XI Punjab would be hoping to continue the winning momentum against Delhi Daredevils on Tuesday. Lehmann said they need to dish out similar performances in their upcoming matches. Chasing an imposing 186 for win,David Miller (80 not out off 41) and Mandeep (77 not out off 58) starred with the bat to guide Kings XI to a seven-wicket win over Pune last night. “It’s been only one game. We need to back ourselves and try to do it again and again. Once we start doing that and get some consistency in our game,then we can be in a good position. We need to keep performing like that,” Lehmann said. Lehmann also had words of appreciation for his young Indian players,but felt the foreign recruits need to step up and set examples for the youngsters to follow.