Saturday, October 23, 2021

IPL 2020 | KL Rahul hails “phenomenal” Mohammed Shami after much-needed win against MI

Kings XI won a nail biting match beating  Mumbai Indians in the super over. After Kings XI tied with MI scoring 176 runs in 20 overs which is what MI had scored in the super over, all that Kings XI could score was 6 runs in 6 deadly overs by Jasprit Bumrah. But what followed was pure magic. Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) skipper KL Rahul had words of praise for pace-bowler Mohammed Shami who made his presence felt in this nail-biting clincher against defending champions MI.

Shami was handed the responsibility of defending just six runs against star batsmen Rohit Sharma and Quinton de Kock during the first Super Over, which he executed to perfection restricting MI to just five. The Indian cricketer’s brilliance helped KXIP make a fresh surge for supremacy in a historic second Super Over, which they took full advantage of. Chris Gayle and Mayank Agarwal combined to help the Punjab-based franchise get across the line, after being handed a target of 12 runs. The win has now taken KXIP to sith position on the points table, which seemed like a difficult prospect at one stage.

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“Shami was certain he wanted to go for six yorkers and he has been phenomenal for us. It is important senior guys put their hands up for us,” said Rahul in the post-match conference while discussing the performance of his star bowler.

The KXIP skipper further expressed his happiness following the win which added two points to his side’s tally. However, Rahul refused to read too much into the triumph, emphasizing that the players would look to “focus on the process and stay calm”.

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