IPL 2017: We wanted to play our natural game with nothing-to-lose mindset, says Wriddhiman Saha
The soiled trousers of Wriddhiman Saha at the end of the high-intensity T20 game in which his team, Kings XI Punjab, defeated table toppers Mumbai Indians by seven runs on Thursday night showed that the wicketkeeper-batsman had a long day at office.
Opening the batting and staying the full length of the KXIP innings, himself alone facing nine overs of the maximum 20 to stay unbeaten on 93 and then keeping wickets for full 20 overs in Mumbai innings, Saha was a tired man at the end of it all.
But the joy of his team winning and still staying in contention for a Playoffs berth wiped out the disappointment of missing his second Twenty20 hundred.
Saha was on 85 and had a full over to score 15 more. He was on course with a six of square leg off the first ball of the 20th over sent down by Hardik Pandya. After a couple of singles, he had to score two fours to move from 92 to 100. But, the selfless cricketer mistimed a pull and ran a single. He was left stranded on 93 with one delivery remaining, which was deposited for six into the KXIP dressing room by Axar Patel.
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