IPL 2020, MI vs KXIP: Mohammad Shami’s brilliant performance played a key role in the victory of Kings XI Punjab.© BCCI / IPL
Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) KL Rahul praised fast bowler Mohammad Shami A historic victory against defending champions Mumbai Indians (MI). Shami was given the responsibility of defending just six runs against star batsmen Rohit Sharma and Quinton de Kock during the first super over, which he executed to perfection while restricting MI to just five. The talent of the Indian cricketer helped KXIP create a new upsurge for supremacy in the historic second super over, which he took full advantage of. Chris Gayle and Mayank Agarwal together gave the Punjab franchise a target of 12 runs. The win now puts KXIP in sixth place in the points table, Which at one stage seemed like a difficult prospect.
Shami, discussing his star bowler’s performance, said, “Shami was certain that he wanted to go for the six yorkers and he was unprecedented for us. It is important that the senior guys raised their hands for us.”
The KXIP captain expressed his happiness after the victory which added two points in his favor. However, Rahul refused to read too much into the win, insisting that the players “pay attention to the process and remain calm”.
“It’s not the first time, I’m getting used to it, but we come but we’ll take two points. We still want to take it one game at a time and when you haven’t won too much in the first seven, Every win is lovely. The talk in the dressing room is to focus on the process and stay calm, “he said.
Earlier, KXIP finished with a total of 176/6 with Rahul (77), after being given a target of 177 runs. Mi Captain Rohit Sharma won the toss and scored 176 runs at the loss of six wickets to bat first.
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