Port Elizabeth:Kings XI Punjab skipper Yuvraj Singh reckons getting 50-odd runs in the first six overs while chasing a tricky 154, played a significant role in his side's victory over Kolkata Knight Riders on Sunday. Kings XI beat Knight Riders by six wickets to move to the second spot in the points table.
"It was a good toss to lose, it was better batting second. Our fielding was good in first 10 overs, we got McCullum and Gayle and after that Brad Hodge played well.
"We got to have good start and we got 50-60 in the first six over. That was important. Sunny (Sohal) was hitting the ball really well, he did a good job. Then Mahela (Jayawardene) was outstanding and played well with Irfan (Pathan)," Yuvraj said after the match.
Meanwhile, Knight Riders captain Brendon McCullum felt the score was defendable but said their fielding let dented their chances today.
"It was a fine total. We were accurate while bowling and had we fielded well it could have been different. The score was enough and defendable. Unfortunately we put down some chances," he said.
Man-of-the-match Jayawardene, who guided the Kings XI to victory with an unbeaten 52, was relieved to be among runs for the first time in the tournament.
"I batted up the order. I wanted to see the pace of the wicket first and then bat through. We kept the run-rate (under control) and there was no need to panic as we had big hitters like Yuvraj. Irfan batted really well. Whenever we needed a boundary he got it," he said.