Kings XI Punjab seamer Chris Jordan made a case for a permanent spot in the playing eleven as he delivered a match-winning bowling performance against SunRisers Hyderabad. Chris Jordan finished with bowling figures of 4-0-17-3 as Kings XI Punjab clinched a low-scoring game by bowling out their opponents. It was the 19th over that more or less sealed the game for Kings XI Punjab.
Kings XI Punjab managed only 126 in their 20 overs after losing the toss in Dubai as none of the batsmen could get going. KL Rahul, who is the Orange Cap holder, could manage only a run-a-ball 27 while Chris Gayle struggled as well before holing out to David Warner. Nicholas Pooran scraped through to a solitary boundary in his unbeaten 32 as Rashid Khan was the pick of the bowlers for SunRisers Hyderabad, grabbing figures of 4-0-14-2.
David Warner and Jonny Bairstow set the tone for a paltry chase of 127; however, it looked a distant one as the duo departed followed by Abdul Samad. Manish Pandey and Vijay Shankar kept the SunRisers on track, but the former’s wicket opened the doors for KXIP’s comeback. Chris Jordan went for only three runs and two wickets as Arshdeep Singh successfully defended 14 off the last over, giving away only a run.
“Just tried to bowl a nice, quiet over” : Chris Jordan
Chris Jordan highlighted their horror start to IPL 2020 despite which the belief remained within the management and the squad. He understands that the coaches are still trying to get their combinations right and accepts being in and out of the team. The England limited-overs specialist mainly praised the young left-arm bowler Arshdeep Singh, who has brought with him a free mind and as an inexperience player, he tries to support him as much as possible. The 31-year old stated that while bowling to Jason Holder, all he tried to do was stay calm and did what the team needed from him.
“I feel great. We had a pretty tough start to the tournament, but the entire squad, the entire management kept a lot of belief, and that’s why you see that performance tonight. It’s part and parcel of life [not being a regular]. It’s a big squad. The coaches are trying to get the right combination. As long as I get one game, I get two games, the team win is all that matters. Arshdeep has been brilliant since he’s come in, he’s brought a free mind, free spirit. He’s not that experienced and I think that’s helped, because he’s just backed himself. In the crucial moments, I just try to keep him calm, and play a support role as much as possible. [Bowling to Holder] I tried to stay nice and calm, think of what the team needed at that moment. Just tried to bowl a nice, quiet over,” Chris Jordan told in the post-match presentation.