Shaun Marsh’s perseverance saw Kings XI Punjab shock Mumbai Indians at the Wankhede Stadium in an Indian Premier League-V (IPL-V) engagement yesterday. The Aussie batsman scored an unbeaten 40-ball 68, laced with five hits to the fence and three towering sixes. Doing well against Mumbai Indians would certainly boost Kings XI Punjab’s morale — their third win in seven games.
Stand-in skipper David Hussey believed his team is capable of shocking any team. “We are sitting probably sixth or seventh in the points table. If we just keep collecting wins, we can make it to the finals. If we stick to good, basic cricket, we can shock a few teams,” said Hussey in the post-match
“It was very satisfying... to put a performance like that in front of the Indian public and world was just fantastic. The boys are not going to celebrate tonight knowing that a return game is due in a few days’ time (on April 25 at Mohali),” added Hussey, who scored 21 and added 58 with Marsh for the third wicket.
Needing 20 off 12 balls, Marsh and David Miller (5 not out) brought it down to nine from the last over. After a lot of thought, Mumbai Indians skipper Harbhajan Singh handed the responsibility to Sri Lankan Thisara Perera to bowl the final over.
A determined Marsh hit the Sri Lankan pacer into the stands over deep point off the very first ball. Marsh then settled for a single and Miller hit the winning runs in style.
Hussey hoped his compatriot continues the good work in the tournament. “The way Shaun batted today, hopefully he goes from strength to strength and we continue being very consistent. We would like to keep winning,” he said. The match had its share of controversy but Hussey downplayed the incident between Munaf Patel and Kings XI openers Nitin Saini and Mandeep Singh. “I asked the batsmen what happened and he said he could not understand it. So, nothing really happened. He just concentrated on his batting,” Hussey concluded. Kings XI skipper Adam Gilchrist did not play due to a hamstring injury.