Kings XI Punjab skipper Ravichandran Ashwin blamed his batsmen for not putting enough runs on the board after they went down against Mumbai Indians at the Holkar Stadium in Indore on Friday.
Put in to bat, Kings XI Punjab failed to capitalise on a good batting track and barring Chris Gayle’s 40-ball fifty no other top-order batsmen stood up.
However, Marcus Stoinis’ (29 not out off 15 balls) last-over blitz carried Kings XI Punjab to 174/6 from their 20 overs.
In reply, Mumbai Indians rode on man-of-the-match Suryakumar Yadav’s 57 off 42 balls before Krunal Pandya and Rohit Sharma’s fireworks to cross the line with six balls to spare.
“I thought the wicket was a bit sticky, said the same during the toss. We played pretty well, but didn’t get enough runs in the end. If not for Stoinis, we wouldn’t have got 174,” Ashwin said after the match.
Ashwin further praised his bowlers and wants his side to continue playing the brand of cricket they have played so far.
“We fought well, if a few things had gone our way, we might have ended as winners. We bowled pretty well, but this wasn’t our night. Not really (if the week’s break cost them the momentum), it’s just a perception, the week off didn’t hurt us. This tournament isn’t all that easy, it’s not easy to knock off 16 points, if we play like this for the next 3-4 games, we should be good enough to qualify for the knockouts. Captaincy brings a lot of responsibility, so far so good. 6 games to go, it’s not about getting 3 wins, if we play the brand of cricket that we are playing, we should do good,” Ashwin said.
Kings XI Punjab next take on Rajasthan Royals on Sunday at the Holkar Cricket Stadium in Indore.