IPL 2012: Adam Gilchrist lavishes praise on Kings XI Punjab fielding

Kings XI Punjab captain Adam Gilchrist said there was not any one match-turning moment but the fielders made the difference AFP

Kolkata: Apr 15, 2012

Kings XI Punjab skipper Adam Gilchrist credited superb fielding and tight bowling in the end for their thrilling two-run victory over Kolkata Knight Riders in a IPL fixture on Sunday.

Defending a small 134, Kings XI Punjab brought themselves back into the game with a three for 18 by leg-spinner Piyush Chawla but medium pacer Harmeet Singh bowled a brilliant last over, conceding just six when nine were needed, to hand them their first away victory.

Gilchrist said there was not any one match-turning moment but the fielders made the difference.

“It wasn’t really one moment really. Paras Dogra’s catch (to dismiss Jacques Kallis) was amazing while Piyush Chawla really swung ourselves back. Above all, the constant thing there was amazing fielding. I think the fielding was of highest quality,” Gilchrist said.

“The scrambling partnership at the end in getting us to 134 definitely got us right into the game. I would not say one turning point,” Gilchrist said of Harmeet’s six-ball 14 with three boundaries.

“It was a pretty committed performance. A lot of belief there. That goes a long way in getting results from there on.”

Gilchrist said he did not ask Harmeet to do anything special in the last over.

“Just wanted him to be clear in his mind. I wanted to make him comfortable. We can all say what’s the best ball to bowl but the bowler has to execute himself.”

Team Punjab had scored their first win in the previous round this season on a Mohali greentop while the conditions here were opposite.

“It’s pleasing to know that we can adjust to the conditions. I can’t really say our batting really adjusted.

The top order did not really adjust. David Hussey fought well.

“The bowling was excellent. To limit those boundaries particulary in the last two or three overs was a brilliant effort.”

Gilchrist also praised Knight Riders’ Windies recruit Sunil Narine who foxed the Kings XI with a 5/19 to be adjudged man of the match but in a losing cause.

“He is a quality bowler. He bowled remarkably well.” (PTI)