Kings XI Punjab skipper David Hussey has dismissed the notion that his side lacks firepower to pull off matches. The Punjab side suffered a humiliating loss to Delhi Daredevils despite being in command early in the game.
Batting first, Kings XI Punjab piled up 136 runs, thanks to Hussey’s crucial 40 runs. In reply, the Daredevils got off to a poor start, as they lost a few quick wickets early on.
The home side had lost four wickets for 37, when Mahela Jayawardene took responsibility on his shoulders. He scored a magnificent knock of 56 runs, guiding his side to a comfortable five-wicket win at Mohali on Tuesday.
The Punjab bowlers lost their rhythm after a fantastic work early on. Hussey defended his side and insisted that his team is no short of firepower.
"I don’t think so that we are short of firepower. We fought the game out really well. Full credit to Irfan [Pathan] and Mahela [Jayawardene]. He [Mahela] ran the show beautifully," Hussey said after the five-wicket loss.
Although it has become mighty difficult for the Punjab side to make it to the playoffs, Hussey is still hopeful. "Delhi is a very talented team. But we have shown the fans that we fight till the end and can still chase the finals," Hussey said.
On the other hand, Delhi skipper Virender Sehwag was delighted with the way his bowlers performed. He described that his bowlers utilised the conditions very well and did not let the opposition go for a big total.
"There was a little movement for the fast bowlers. Varun [Aaron] and Umesh [Yadav] bowled beautifully. They took early wickets and had put the pressure on Kings XI [Punjab]. They [KXIP] struggled in the middle overs, so good job by the fast bowlers," the
"We were expecting that Mahela could play till the end and finish the game. It is difficult to go in and play your shots. He took his time," he added.
On his wonderful bowling effort, Delhi speedstar Varun Aaron stated, "Normally,
Viru pa gives us the ball and tells us to bowl according to ourselves. It is the shortest format. You keep going for fours and sixes even off good balls. I was getting some swing."