Kings XI Punjab opener Hashim Amla said that Mumbai Indians’ performance in the powerplay overs turned out to be the crucial factor, which costs them at the Holkar Stadium in Indore on Thursday.
Mumbai’s Jos Buttler and Parthiv Patel played outstandingly in the first six overs and gathered runs, which are the best power play score for Mumbai in IPL history, prove a solid start to MI against KXIP.
Speaking at the post-match press conference, Amla said, “Mumbai (Indians) played exceptionally well today and they were able to score a lot of runs in the powerplays which turned out to the crucial factor in the game.”
The 34-year old right-hander played a fantastic cricket for Punjab as he smashed his maiden IPL century off just 58 balls, but he couldn't give victory to his team because Mumbai Indians’ Jos Buttler and Nitish Rana played extraordinary innings and guided their team to win the IPL match by 8 wickets.
On being asked about his innings, Amla said, “I am really glad to get some runs. It was a good wicket for batting and I am really happy that I could take advantage of the situation. Hopefully, this will be the start of something great and we will be able to get a victory in the next match.”
Amla also had his say on the wicket saying that it was batting friendly as opposed to the last game where there was even help for batsmen and bowlers.
Amla said, “The wicket today was different from the first two matches. In the previous games, it provided some assistance to the bowlers but today was completely a batter’s day.”
The KXIP opener heaped praise on Mumbai Indians batsmen for their superb performance. Hashim Amla further stated, “It was a great batting performance by Mumbai Indians today and our bowlers had no answer to their attack. This sort of thing happens and we need to move on from this defeat.”
Currently, the Kings XI Punjab at the fifth place in the IPL points table with just four points. But, Amla believes that they still have a realistic chance to reach the IPL 2017 playoffs.
Amla further added with a smile, “We will get together after this game and will discuss our strategy going forward. We need to win almost all of the remaining games and we would like to do that while playing attacking cricket. It’s just halfway through the tournament and I believe everyone has a chance to make the playoffs right now.”