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Knew we could do it: Saha

Preity Zinta, in Hyderabad, on Wednesday. (PTI)

Calcutta/Hyderabad: Saha began IPL VII as a lower middle-order batsman for Kings XI Punjab. On Wednesday, he opened the innings and played a sizzling 26-ball 54-run innings to help his team overcome 200-plus target with ease against the Sunrisers Hyderabad.

At the post-match presentation ceremony, Bengal’s Saha said: “I don’t need fish curry to play well. Dal makhani and roti are enough for me.” There’s no reason not to believe him.

About the chase, Saha said: “Myself and Manan (Vohra) were just thinking that we needed to get as many runs as possible in the first six overs. We wanted to do it by losing the least number of wickets. We knew if we could do that, we would be able to win the match, because players like (Glenn) Maxwell, (David) Miller and (George) Bailey can finish things for us.”

“Manan batted brilliantly. He was striking the ball well and was playing sensibly. Also, it was a good pitch to bat onů More than 400 runs were scoredů We are happy with the way we are playing and will look to keep doing the right things,” he added.

Kings XI captain Bailey revealed that he was furious with his bowlers during the innings break for conceding the 200-plus total. But the result, in the end, made him happy.

“At the innings break, I walked off angry with our bowlers and told the coach you can debrief them. But looking back at the outcome of the match, I think may be we bowled okay,” Bailey said. Praising Saha and Vohra, he said: “Saha and Manan played some excellent cricket. It was really pleasing to see that they hit some really good cricketing shots. That gave the rest of the guys more confidence.”

Though Saha was happy with the wicket, Bailey had his doubts. “Not sure if the wicket was better in the second innings because I was thinking about my decision to bowl at the halfway stage. The ball was skidding on to the bat a little bit. But I feel the ball was coming on to the bat quite nicely more in the second innings.”

Bailey, who blasted 35 not out of 19 balls in the six-wicket victory, was happy with his own batting. “As far as my batting is concerned, I am enjoying it. I wasn’t having a good time initially, but things changed very soon for me after that Dale Steyn over (18th).”

Sunrisers captain Shikhar Dhawan said his bowlers couldn’t execute the plans properly. “We put up a great total on the board, but we did not execute our plan very nicely in bowling. That cost us the game. We got (Glen) Maxwell out early, but that was a no ball. After that, he hit a few sixes more. It would have been a different thing if that was not a no ball,” Dhawan said.