Kings XI Punjab medium pacer Harmeet Singh confessed anxiousness while bowling to in-form veteran batsman Virender Sehwag after his three wickets helped his side set up a 5-wicket win over Delhi Daredevils on Tuesday at the Feroz Shah Kotla.
"I was under pressure when I had to bowl to Viru paaji, that too on his home ground. It was my first game this season and he had scored lot of runs in the previous game," said Harmeet after receiving the man-of-the-match award in the post-match presentation ceremony.
Harmeet, who's first of three wickets was Sehwag, said he did not try and do anything fancy with the ball and kept things simple.
"I was planning to bowl a stump-to-stump line and it was our strategy to not give the Delhi batsmen any room early on and bowled a decent line and length that worked well for us. I am now looking forward to the next game," said the 25-year-old former Deccan Chargers pacer.
Punjab skipper Adam Gilchrist praised the energy in the team, "There is lot of good energy in group. The boys are getting to the ball quickly and hanging on to tough catches. Harmeet, who is traditionally used by us on slower tracks, was effective for us tonight."
Punjab coach Darren Lehmann, however, stressed the importance of doing well in away games now, "We have four away games coming up now so we need to string some more wins. Finalizing the selection of overseas players in the eleven is tough but you need to work with what best you've got."
Delhi Daredevils skipper Mahela Jayawardene, who witness his side's seventh loss in eight games, pointed out the follies of his batsmen.
"We need to be honest with ourselves. We needed to put at least the fighting 140-150 that was needed on such a track today. We need to learn to be calm and not lose our wickets away in crucial moments. I still think we can give ourselves a chance of going up in the ladder this season if we do the basic things right," he said.