Punjab Kings (PBKS) pacer Mohammad Shami was elated with the performance of the bowling unit after their resounding 9-wicket victory over Mumbai Indians (MI) at Chepauk on Friday (April 23).
Opting to bowl first, PBKS restricted the defending champions to a below-par 131/6 in their allotted 20 overs.
Shami and leg-spinner Ravi Bishnoi were the stand-out bowlers for Punjab, claiming 2 wickets each by conceding 21 runs in their stipulated four overs. Deepak Hooda (1-15) and Arshdeep Singh (1-28) also chipped in with wicket apiece in their three overs.
"Overall yes, because we lost three games, it was very important to give a good start. Especially on this wicket, it was important to understand the first game and learn from our mistakes and not repeat them again. Against the champion team, everyone executed well and bowled according to the plan and the results are in front of us," Shami said in a video uploaded on Punjab Kings' official Twitter handle.
"I always try to give my best and what is good for the team. The responsibilities given to me in certain conditions I aim to achieve that. ...The responsibility I got, I executed them well and we got the results," he added.
In reply, PBKS rode on captain KL Rahul’s unbeaten 60 off 52 balls and Chris Gayle’s 35-ball 43* to overhaul the target with 9 wickets in hand 14 balls to spare.
"We can't say it was easy but the way our batsmen set the tone from the start, we had wickets in hand. On this wicket, it's important to have wickets in hand. If you have wickets in hand it doesn't matter what's the score and you can cover it up in the end," Shami said.
Punjab Kings will take on Kolkata Knight Riders in their next match on Monday (April 26).
(With ANI inputs)