IPL 2019: Kings XI Punjab skipper Ravichandran Ashwin and his team were jubilant following their 12-run victory in the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the IS Bindra Stadium on Tuesday in Mohali. He led his team to the win which sealed their tenth point of the season, aided by yet another brilliant display by KL Rahul, who knocked his fourth half-century. Also Read - 3rd Test: After Taking 6/38 on Day 1, Axar Patel Reveals Secret Behind His Success
It was the visitors who got off to a commendable start with Jos Buttler and his new partner Rahul Tripathi. Debutant Arshdeep Singh also made an impressive outing as he removed the dangerous Englishman for 23. It was a downfall for them from that point on as Tripathi and Sanju Samson added 59 only to be halted by Ashwin with the latter’s wicket as the hosts took advantage. Also Read - England B or Pitch? Twitteratti Ask Michael Vaughan, Kevin Pietersen After Ravichandran Ashwin, Axar Patel Ensure Batting Collapse at Motera in 3rd Test
After the match, the Kings XI Punjab players were seen grooving to bhangra – the traditional music of the state. Watch here: Also Read - India vs England: Ravichandran Ashwin on Verge of Becoming Second Fastest Bowler to Pick 400 Wickets, England Captain Joe Root Calls India Spinner 'World-Class Bowler'
“It was very important to get that 10-point mark and I guess it’s the right time in the tournament to do that,” said Ashwin after KXIP restricted RR to 170 for 7 while chasing 182 for six.
“Its very tough to defend here, the wicket generally gets better in the second half. We probably thought we were 10-15 runs short on this pitch.”
“I thought Arshdeep bowled really well in the first few overs. We had some plans for Jos and he really executed well,” Ashwin said.
“He (Arshdeep) can actually swing the ball both ways and for a left-hander to swing both ways is a massive advantage in the first six as we have seen with Deepak Chahar in the CSK.
“We are looking forward to Arshdeep doing some great things in the tournament.”
Talking about his game, Ashwin said: “For me, it’s about getting various lengths with different speeds and trying to get the batsman with undercutter and reverse carrom. I worked on a lot of things despite people actually calling me for trying too many things, I kept on going.”
Kings XI Punjab will now be up against Delhi Capitals on Saturday at the Ferzon Shah Kotla Stadium.