Chahar finished with figures of 2-26 in his four overs as Mumbai defeated Punjab by 48 runs in their Indian Premier League (IPL) match.
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“There was help for the spinners in the pitch and I was gaining confidence from it. My plan was to add pressure on them by giving less runs and then attack for wickets. I was trying for the wickets,” Chahar said in the post-match press conference.
A late onslaught by Hardik Pandya (30*) and Kieron Pollard (47*) powered Mumbai Indians to post a commanding total of 191 runs.
“We have a lot of faith in the big-hitting skills of Pollard and Hardik. Pollard almost took us to victory in the last game against RCB. They (Pollard and Hardik) are in good form and they can finish games in any situation,” the spinner said.
Apart from Chahar, James Pattinson and Jasprit Bumrah picked two wickets each, while Trent Boult and Krunal Pandya scalped one apiece.
Chasing a stiff target, KXIP got off to a good start. However, Bumrah castled the in-form Mayank Agarwal (25) in the fifth over. Minutes later, Krunal Pandya bowled Karun Nair for a duck.
Nicholas Pooran then joined skipper KL Rahul and the duo stitched a 21-run stand. But Rahul’s sluggish innings came to an end in the ninth over, which reduced Punjab to 60/3.
Pooran played brilliantly and tried to revive KXIP’s hope in the chase through his power-hitting before getting out in the 14th over. He scored 44 runs off 27 balls, which included two sixes.
Pooran’s wicket triggered a middle-order collapse as Glenn Maxwell and Jimmy Neesham departed in quick succession. KXIP kept losing wickets at regular intervals and were soon found reeling at 124/8. In the end, Punjab fell well short of the target.