Punjab not short of firepower, says Hussey

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Published: Wednesday, May 16, 2012, 12:32 [IST]
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Punjab not short of firepower: Hussey

New Delhi, May 16: Kings XI Punjab skipper David Hussey on Tuesday, backed his side by saying that they have the firepower to pull off games like the one against Delhi Daredevils.

Delhi Daredevils became the first team to qualify for the play-offs after beating Punjab by five wickets at the Ferozshah Kotla in New Delhi.

"I don't think so we are short of firepower. We fought the game out really well. Full credit to Irfan and Mahela. He ran the show beautifully," Hussey said during the post match presentation ceremony on Tuesday.

Punjab were restricted to a modest total of 136/8 but failed to defend the total, Mahela Jayawardene led the chase with an unbeaten 56.

Punjab are literally out of the play-offs race, but can still fancy their chances of making it to the last-four. "Delhi are a very talented team. But we have shown the fans that we fight till the end and can still chase the finals," Hussey said.

The Australian praised pacer Parwinder Awana who claimed three wickets for 22 runs."Awana's sort of come from nowhere, he's been the find of the tournament for us as far as bowling is concerned."

Delhi skipper Virender Sehwag credited his bowlers for taking early wickets.

"There was little movement for the fast bowlers, Varun and Umesh bowled beautifully, took early wickets and put pressure on Kings XI. They struggled in middle overs, so good job by the fast bowlers," he said.

Despite losing early wickets, Sehwag did not lose hope,"We were expecting that Mahela could play till the end and finish the game. It is difficult to go in and play your shots; he took his time," he said.

Delhi pacer Umesh Yadav was adjudged Man-of-the-match for claiming three wickets, said, "Normally, Viru pa gives us the ball and tells us to bowl according to ourselves. It is the short format, you keep going for fours and sixes even off good balls. I was getting some swing."

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