Mohali: In Manpreet Gony, Kings XI Punjab found the match winner they were looking for on Tuesday, with his all-round show sealing the much-needed win against the defending champions Kolkata Knight Riders. And the Man of the Match issued a warning: "Stretch the boundaries however much you like, I'll still keep hitting sixes."
Gony arrived at the crease on Tuesday when KKR's Sunil Narine completed the first hat-trick of IPL 6 to reduce the hosts to 99 for 6 in 15 overs. But his 42 off 18 balls, laced with four boundaries and three huge sixes, took the score to a competitive 157 in 20 overs.
"The wicket was to my liking, I was enjoying my batting, I was looking to hit straight ... Stretch the boundaries however much you like, I'll still keep hitting sixes," he said, following his batting exploits with an economical spell of 1 for 18 in four overs that earned him the MoM award.
This was Gony's first appearance in this edition of the IPL, and he made it count, lifting Punjab to the fifth position on the leaderboard with two wins and two losses from four matches.
Gony, who made his IPL debut with Chennai Super Kings and also earned an ODI call up following a good first season in 2008, says he would want to build on his good show against KKR. "I want to perform in every game, however many games I get to play," he said.