Anil Kumble
Anil Kumble

“The fielding dictates how we are going to show it to the opposition” – Anil Kumble

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Punjab Kings (PBKS) coach Anil Kumble has praised his team.

Punjab Kings (PBKS) has returned to the winning zone after beating five-time champion Mumbai Indians at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai on April 23. While the bowlers successfully restricted Mumbai within 131 runs in their allotted 20 overs, KL Rahul led from the front with the bat and took the team home.

For Mumbai, captain Rohit Sharma scored 63 and Suryakumar Yadav hit 33 as well but others failed to contribute. On the other hand, Rahul smashed 60* off 52 and Chris Gayle also smashed an unbeaten 43 off 35 and reached the target within 17.4 overs.

However, after the win, head coach Anil Kumble appreciated the team. In a video posted on YouTube, Kumble said that he is proud of the team the way they have played.

“Really proud of the way you guys played today, the way you showed the intensity on the field. The fielding dictates how we are going to show it to the opposition. Of course, the bowling obviously helps and today it was a perfect game. The way we went about bowling on the surface, perfect game, it’s important that we carry this forward,” he shared.

“This will certainly give us a lot of confidence” – Anil Kumble

Punjab Kings
Punjab Kings

“Jonty spoke about finishing Chennai on a good note. I think excellent work from all you guys, really proud of the way you played. And this will certainly give us a lot of confidence going to Ahmedabad,” he added.

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“It’s important that we refresh, at the same time, it was a great effort. Like I said, let’s take one game at a time, we’re done with 5 games. Let’s not worry about those 5 games. It’s important to look ahead and start really fresh from Ahmedabad. We have 4 games there and 5 in Bangalore so it’s important that when we go to Ahmedabad, all of us should start visualising saying we need to go back to Ahmedabad later. That’s what we want to achieve and today by beating them we’ve certainly made a statement,” he concluded.

However, Punjab Kings will next take on Kolkata Knight Riders at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad on Monday, April 26.

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