KKR were seemingly down and out when KXIP needed 22 from the final three overs of their IPL 2020 match but Sunil Narine tilted the match.
Kolkata Knight Riders spinner Sunil Narine said he was feeling the pressure but managed to keep his calm while bowling a successful final over that earned his team a narrow two-run win against Kings XI Punjab in an IPL match in Abu Dhabi on Saturday.
KKR were seemingly down and out when KXIP needed 22 from the final three overs but Narine tilted the match in his side’s favour by dismissing Nicholas Pooran and conceding just two runs in the 18th over.
Narine also bowled the final over of which KXIP needed 14 runs. They needed a six off the final ball to take the match to Super Over but Glenn Maxwell could only score a boundary to hand KKR a two-run win.
“When the last ball went up in the air, I thought I was going to bowl full and wide, I bowled full and wide, but then I thought I had made a mistake,” Narine said at the post-match presentation.
KXIP captain KL Rahul said he has no answers for the loss.
“Don’t think we were satisfied at any stage in the chase. You are satisfied only when you win the game. Towards the end, we kept losing wickets, and couldn’t get us over the line.
“We bowled really really well. This was a fresh strip so we didn’t know what were good lines and lengths. And the bowlers adjusted really well. And they were brave at the death too.
“We just need to keep coming harder in the next seven games.”