How Preity Zinta celebrated Kings XI Punjab win with Sandeep Sharma, Axar Patel.


An all-round show from Axar Patel and Sandeep Sharma helped Kings XI Punjab pick up their fifth victory of the season as they defeated Royal Challengers Bangalore by 19 runs at the Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore on Friday. KXIP team owner Preity Zinta celebrated the win with selfies and even turned TV anchor.

On a pitch that wasn’t quite tailor-made to suit batsmen, Kings XI Punjab reached 138 for the loss of seven wickets batting first but they could have been restricted to a much lower total had Axar Patel not produced a quickfire 17-ball 38 coming lower down the order.

Axar Patel was impressive with the ball as well, picking up three wickets in the form of Shane Watson, Pawan Negi and Samuel Badree.

While Patel wrecked the middle order, it was Sandeep Sharma who sent back the famed batting RCB trio of Chris Gayle, Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers within the first five overs. That turned the match in KXIP’s favour.

“I was thinking before tonight’s game that what would it be like if I took the three big wickets of Chris Gayel, Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers. I mean what would people say, will they talk about it etc. and I got it today.

“It’s a very special feeling and I’m very happy,” Sandeep Sharma told owner Priety Zinta after the match during an interactive session for the official IPL website.

Sharma was joined in by Axar Patel as well. Sharma became the first bowler in the world to pick up the wickets of Kohli, Gayle and ABD in a single match.

“He had asked me (for) a couple of tickets for his family but he asked me very late. I hardly had any tickets on me and hence asked him what would he give me in return,” Zinta said while Sharma added he had promised three wickets.

“Well he had said four but…,” Zinta added as the trio burst into laughter.

The Virender Sehwag effect

Axar Patel, who has been playing a handy role for his side this season, said it was Virender Sehwag who had asked him to hold fort till the very end while going for the shots.

“During the strategic time-out in the 16th over, Viru sir had asked me to play till the end stating that if a batsman stayed at one end it would have helped our cause.

“And the manner in which the pitch was behaving, even 140 wouldn’t be an easy chase and that was the only objective in my mind, to guide the team to that score,” he said.


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