Mohali: A much-needed win over Delhi Daredevils on Saturday kept Kings XI Punjab hopes alive in the Indian Premier League, and paceman Sandeep Sharma said they need to build on the momentum created. Despite the nine-run win, Kings XI are languishing at the bottom of the eight-team table with just six points from nine games. And they will need to produce consistent performances in the remainder of the tournament to keep the team in the hunt. Murali Vijay's side will play Virat Kohli's Royal Challengers Bangalore at home on Monday.
"T20 is all about momentum. When you have that you keep winning on a trot. We played good cricket in Kolkata. Prior to that we defeated Gujarat. I feel that the momentum is back with us and our combination is right, our batsmen are making runs," Sandeep said at the post-match press conference. "We have played good cricket. Some matches were close, but we ended up on the losing side. But I feel we have found the right combination. Captain (Murali Vijay) knows how to use his bowlers and the batting has also clicked now. (Glenn) Maxwell and (David) Miller were not in their prime form (at the start of the tournament), but now they are also making runs. So that is a positive sign," he added.
Sandeep was full of praise for his bowling colleagues for eking out the win with exceptional death bowling. "It is a team game. We have been bowling well as a unit. I have bowled well, Mohit Sharma also has bowled very well. There is consistency in our bowling and hopefully that will continue in the rest of the tournament," he said. "When we scored 180 plus runs, we were confident that we can defend the total because our bowling attack has been good, especially the death bowling. When I came to bowl towards the end, there were a lot of runs which the opposition had to make and there was no problem."
He also praised Marcus Stoinis for his all-round show. The Australian scored 52 off 44 balls and then took three wickets with the ball. "Stoinis is a unique player and he has adapted to Indian conditions well. He batted and bowled very well and he is an asset for us," Sandeep said.
He added that KXIP are taking one game at a time without thinking much about the points table. "Actually, we are not thinking about the tournament, whether we have to qualify or where we stand in the points table. The most important thing is that we approach every single match and take it further from there. If we play good cricket, then naturally we will go up in the points table. The important thing is to focus on the next game," Sandeep said.
Asked about the prospect of bowling to RCB skipper Virat Kohli, who is in supreme form, Sandeep said, "We all admire him. We watched the match (RCB vs Rising Pune Supergiants) on the ground (on the giant screen) when he was batting. He is a legendary cricketer. Seeing him play in front of you and bowling to him is a pleasure. There is no pressure as such regarding bowling to him. We will do what we have been doing."
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Updated Date: May 08, 2016 14:29:45 IST