Akshar Patel hit 23 in 9 balls while David Miller hit a 34-ball 46 to help KXIP edge past Barbados Tridents © IANS (File Photo)
Akshar Patel hit 23 in 9 balls while David Miller hit a 34-ball 46 to help KXIP edge past Barbados Tridents © IANS (File Photo)

Sep 21, 2014

It was yet another stunning display of batting from Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) as they pulled off one more run-chase against Barbados Tridnets in the Champions League T20 2014 (CLT20). It wouldn’t have been so easy in the end if young Akshar Patel hadn’t smashed 20 off the penultimate over from Ravi Rampaul. After the match, Akshar revealed that it was David Miller who boosted his confidence in the middle. Miller, who was going after the bowling as well had asked Akshar to just focus and stay positive. KXIP needed 25 runs in the last two overs before the left-hander changed the complexion of the game.

“When I went in to bat he (David Miller) told me to hold on to my wicket and not think too much. The focus was to play positively, take a single and give him the strike so he could finish the job at hand. That boosted my confidence and when I thought I could hit the ball, I did,” Akshar was quoted as saying by the official website of Champions League T20 2014.

The young left-arm orthodox spinner had already impressed in the past being miserly with the ball, but in this match he once again reaffirmed his batting credentials after the onslaught he had produced at Feroz Shah Kotla during Indian Premier League 2014.

“Being an all-rounder, if one hasn’t been able to contribute with the ball, then you would like to make a difference with the bat. I see myself as a batting all-rounder. But there weren’t too many opportunities to show that. On a couple of occasions, I had missed the chance to make a difference with the bat and on another occasion I had helped win with the bat. And this was yet another chance to take the team across with the bat. Obviously I am feeling good that I have been able to contribute with the bat in a winning cause,” he said.

Despite the second win in the tournament, he admitted that death overs bowling has been a concern for the team. “We will work more on bowling in the death overs and the first six overs (powerplay). The batting has been doing well. The starts have been okay and we have been finishing well. So bowling is an area that we will be working on.”

KXIP next play Northern Knights on September 26.

Complete coverage of Champions League T20 (CLT20) 2014 here