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Right time to achieve 10-point mark, says Ashwin

MOHALI: Kings XI Punjab skipper R Ashwin believes his staff bounced again within the match at the proper time and lavished reward on young pacer Arshdeep Singh for taking two crucial wickets in his IPL debut here on Tuesday.


After struggling successive losses, KXIP introduced their marketing campaign again not off course with a complete 12-run win over Rajasthan Royals (RR) at house to grab the fourth spot within the table with 10 points.

"It was very important to get that 10-point mark and I guess it's the right time in the tournament to do that," said Ashwin after KXIP restricted RR to 170/7 whilst the visitors chased 182/6.

"It's very tough to defend here, the wicket generally gets better in the second half. We probably thought we were 10-15 runs short on this pitch."

Defending the overall, 20-year-old Arshdeep equipped a large step forward for Punjab when he pushed aside big-hitting opener Jos Buttler early.

"I thought Arshdeep bowled really well in the first few overs. We had some plans for Jos and he really executed well," Ashwin said.

"He (Arshdeep) can if truth be told swing the ball each ways and for a left-hander to swing each ways is a large benefit within the first six (overs) as now we have observed with Deepak Chahar within the CSK.

"We are having a look ahead to Arshdeep performing some good stuff within the match."

Ashwin was once adjudged the Man of the Match for his two wickets and an excellent cameo of 17 runs off 4 balls.

Talking about his sport, Ashwin said: "For me, it is about getting more than a few lengths with different speeds and seeking to get the batsmen with under-cutter and reverse carrom (deliveries). I labored on a large number of things regardless of other people if truth be told calling me for attempting too many stuff, I saved on going."

Not within the preliminary scheme of items for Punjab, David Miller, who made it to the playing XI after Moises Henriques suffered an ankle damage at the last minute, contributed with 40 runs.

"Most of the changes are if truth be told pressured. We got Moises into the eleven these days. He was once if truth be told passed the cap however sadly he got injured within the last minute. Miller wasn't playing however he came in and played a vital hand for us, he took a couple of catches as well," Ashwin said.

"Mujeeb also, I believed, was once good. He went for a couple of runs however we got the wicket up front. We are ready on Mujeeb's standing (damage) and Moises seems ok," he added, referring to the spinner, who went off the sector after bowling three overs due to a shoulder damage.

Rajasthan skipper Ajinkya Rahane was once disappointed with the staff's batting effort.

"182 on that wicket was once reasonably chaseable. We began well. Just a matter of two sixes," he said.

"A sport like this, you can't criticise an excessive amount of. Our bowlers bowled well. In a chase like this, you can't lose too many wickets in a bunch.

"Discussion between me and Stuart was take it deep. Tripathi started really well. Should learn from our mistakes. These things happen in T20 cricket. Our two leg-spinners in the middle overs were brilliant. Jofra's four overs were critical."

Murugan Ashwin, who took one wicket, said: "Really satisfied. We sought after to bowl well in tandem - the spinners. We sought after to use the longer limitations and we needed them to hit there, in order that was once our plan. It was once coming onto the bat well, there wasn't much dew.

"I've played a large number of cricket with him (Ashwin) and he has been serving to me a lot. We have been in reality disappointed that we couldn't defend within the last sport however satisfied to be again to winning ways."

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