IPL 2020, MI v KXIP: Mohammed Shami’s outstanding performance played a key role in Kings XI Punjab’s victory.BCCI / IPL
Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) captain KL Rahul lauded fast bowler Mohammad Shami. He scored a historic victory against defending champions Mumbai Indians (MI). Against Rohit Sharma and Quinton de Kock in the first super over, the star batsmen had only handed over the responsibility of defending runs to Shami. He completed the MI with a limit of only five. The ingenuity of the Indian cricketer helped KXIP to dominate the historic second super over, which they took full advantage of. Chris Gayle and Mayank Agarwal combined to give the Punjab franchise a 12-run lead. The win has now pushed KXIP to sixth place in the points table, which looks like a difficult prospect at one stage.
“Shamila was sure he wanted to go for six york and they are unprecedented for us. It’s important that the seniors put their hands up for you,” Rahul said while discussing his star bowler’s performance.
The KXIP captain expressed happiness after this victory. So he added two points to his side. However, Rahul declined to read much on the victory, noting that the players should “stay calm by focusing on the process”.
“It’s not the first time, I’m used to it but we’ll take the two points that came up. We still have to take this one game at a time and when we can’t win much in the first seven, every win is sweet. The discussion process in the dressing room Focus and stay calm, “he added.
Earlier, Rahul (77) was ahead after KXIP hit a target of 177/6. After captain Rohit Sharma won the toss and elected to bat, wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock’s 53. MI scored a total of 166 runs for the loss of six wickets.