Mumbai, Apr 23: Kings XI stand-in skipper David Hussey felt the dismissal of Mumbai Indians' wicket-keeper Dinesh Karthik was the key to win the match as it turned the result in the team's favour.
"I thought Dinesh Karthik's run out changed the game. He's a quality player and someone who I think will play a lot for India in the future. When he was going strong I thought 180 Mumbai Indians would raise 180. To restrict them to 163 from that stage was a fantastic effort from our bowlers," said Hussey after KXIP's six-wicket victory.
Karthik alongwith James Franklin had added 75 runs off just 36 deliveries during their second wicket stand, as the partnership was broken due to a misunderstanding between the two as Karthik was run-out while attempting for a second run.
James Franklin made a fine 79 off 51 balls to ensure that the team reached 163 after a lot of effort from Kings XI bowlers as they threatened to score 180 at one point, and restricting them to a score less than 165 was indeed a good effort.
Moreover, Hussey praised Shaun Marsh, for his unbeaten 68 off 48 balls and was hopeful that the batsman top order batsman would play consistently.
"The way Shaun batted tonight hopefully he goes from strength to strength and we continue being very consistent," said Hussey, who led KXIP in place of injured Adam Gilchrist.
Marsh smashed 5 fours and three sixes during his 40 ball knock and was also involved in a 58-run crucial partnership with Hussey to help the team register a six wicket victory over Mumbai Indians.
"It was satisfying to win here. All the boys love playing here. To put a performance like that in front of the Indian and world public was just fantastic. The boys are not going to celebrate tonight knowing that a return game is due in a few days' time (at Mohali)," Hussey said.