Kings XI Punjab openers Wriddhiman Saha, who smashed an unbeaten 93 off 55 balls against Mumbai Indians, said that his team sides will look to utilize same performance against Rising Pune Supergiants in the Indian Premier League encounter.
Saha’s strike helps his team to win by seven runs against Mumbai Indians and remain unbeaten 93 off 55 balls at the Wankhede Stadium on Thursday. Punjab had scored 230 for 3 but Mumbai Indians could score only 223/6.
After the match win by seven runs, Wriddhiman said to iplt20.com about his performances that “When I came in for the pre-match warm-up, I wasn’t aware of the fact that I would be opening the innings today. After I went into the dressing room, Virendra Sehwag sent across a message to me saying I will be opening the innings today and that is when I got to know.”
Saha added, “I wasn’t expecting it since I have been batting in the middle-order this season, but I went out there, played a few shorts, rotated the strike and fortunately for the runs on the board.”
Wriddhiman further said at the post-match conference that “In the last three games, whatever we were doing, batting/fielding, the target was the attitude should be of nothing to lose… execute in batting, bowling, and fielding, play the natural game, then we will see what happens, we have defeated KKR and MI (and) we will try to play against Pune as we played in these two games.”
Talking about his flurry of boundaries and sixes in his innings, he said: “I was asked to play hard in the first six overs and there was a good partnership with (Martin) Guptill and we continued the momentum, it feels good after performing well.”
Wriddhiman talks about his side’s bowling, “(Before) the last over, I did not come to the bowler (Mohit), they (Mohit, Glenn Maxwell) were discussing that (Kieron) Pollard was hitting well, but he was tired, so if he was bowled a Yorker, it would be tough for him.”
He further added, “Initially, Mohit tried the slower ball, which is his strength, but after being hit for a six, he came to the team (members) to discuss.”