Mohali: Kings XI Punjab skipper David Hussey was optimistic about his team's chances of qualifying for the playoffs after their stunning win over Deccan Chargers in an Indian Premier League match on Sunday.
"We got three big games, you never know, we could sneak into the finals [playoffs]," Hussey said after he led his side to a four-wicket win with an unbeaten 35-ball 65 at the PCA stadium. Hussey was full of praise for young Gurkeerat Singh who made a statement of sorts by slamming 29 off a mere 12 balls, a crucial effort considering the tricky situation. "He [Gurkeerat] is a real player for the future for us. He made it look real easy. We showed our fighting qualities today," the Aussie said.
Deccan skipper Kumar Sangakkara said they bowled badly towards the end. "We were poor with the ball at the back end and Huss [Hussey] and the young boy [Gurkeerat] made us pay," the Sri Lankan said. Sangakkara was of the view that the dew did not play a role. "Not really, we were in control for most of the game but you need to hit your yorkers."
The Sri Lankan also said giving the ball to Dale Steyn in the 19th over was a well-thought of plan. "You always bowl your best bowler in the penultimate bowler and get the run-rate high enough for the final over."