Kings XI Punjab skipper R. Ashwin made it clear that MI’s stand-in skipper Kieron Pollard played a blinder and took the game away from Kings XI Punjab despite putting on 197 on the board.
Speaking after the game, while Ashwin applauded Pollard, he also added that there were quite a few positives for his team as well with K.L. Rahul hitting a brilliant century and Chris Gayle showing good form.
“At the end of the day Pollard batted beautifully and took the game away from us. Quite a lot of positives. We showed a lot of composure with the bat. Rahul batted through and closed out the innings. We could have been a little more steelier and smarter with our plans. He (Gayle) said he twisted his back. We have to go check and how he is,” he said.
Asked if the bowling left a little to be desired, Ashwin said: “He (Ankit Rajpoot) injured his finger in the first over. It was a big bonus that we got three overs from him in the powerplay.
“We were a bit up and down with our fielding and catching. Probably if we would have been sharper, we would have ended up on the right side. I think it was a defendable total. It was just about par.
“It is a hard defending ground. We were about 10s for 10-12 overs and then we lost a little momentum while batting which I feel was crucial for us,” he said.