IPL 2017 | SRHvKXIP: Bhuvneshwar Kumar is used to expecting unexpected in T20 game – Kumar claimed five wickets for 19. Overshadowing Mana Vohra’s superb knock of 95 runs for Kings XI Punjab.
Cricket, IPL 10, IPL 2017, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, David Warner, Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH), Kings XI Punjab (KXIP), Glenn Maxwell, Ra (AFP – Noah Seelam)
SunRisers Hyderabad’s pace spearhead Bhuvneshwar Kumar said he was not worried about the onslaught launched by Manan Vohra of Kings XI Punjab in their IPL match on Monday, as he is “used to it”.
Bhuvneshwar finished with excellent figures of 5/19, as SunRisers registered a five-run win, overcoming a belligerent 50-ball 95 by Vohra.
“My heart is still pounding. T20 is a game where you must expect the unexpected. I’ve been doing this job for SunRisers and I knew I had to bowl the 19th over. I’m used to it and I believed in myself,” Man of the Match Bhuvneshwar said at the post-match presentation ceremony.
He added, “When I bowled the 16th or 17th over, I knew he was in good nick. I wasn’t worried but wanted to make a plan instead. Warner and I planned to bowl straight yorkers and it worked.”
SunRisers skipper David Warner sounded relieved to have a bowler like Bhuvneshwar in his attack.
Warner said, “Credit to Manan for playing like that. Credit to Bhuvi too, he was unbelievable. Manan made it look easy when he cleared the ropes. He had to dig in for his team. Unfortunately, only one team can win. It’s great to have Bhuvi in the shed at the back end and he executed perfectly.”
Maxwell said it was “criminal” to have lost the match after Vohra’s knock.
“It was an outstanding game, made by a great innings by Vohra. Unfortunately, he didn’t have help from the rest of us. It was definitely chase-able. We did well in the middle with the ball but let it slip in the back end.
“To play an innings like that in a losing cause is criminal. He’s a superstar. A big score like that was around the corner for him,” Maxwell said.
Regarding Bhuvneshwar’s exploits, Maxwell said, “We knew Bhuvi was going to swing it around a bit. We didn’t expect the wicket to be so up and down and he bowled good lengths.
“We had planned for him and Rashid, but giving seven wickets to them probably did us in. We wanted to take off and get 60 in the powerplay, but it didn’t come off.”