Miller: Mishra unlucky not to get five-for

Legspinner Amit Mishra, match-winning spell of 4 for 11 in three overs titled the contest against Kings XI Punjab in the direction of his team, Delhi Daredevils, was unlucky not to bag a fifth wicket, believes Kings XI Punjab captain David Miller.

Amit Mishra is congratulated by teammates Pawan Negi and Sanju Samson after taking a wicket.   -  R. V. Moorthy

David Miller, the captain of Kings XI Punjab, believes Delhi Daredevils legspinner Amit Mishra was unlucky not to possess five wickets in the IPL game at Feroz Shah Kotla. Mishra's match-winning spell of 4 for 11 in three overs titled the contest in the direction of his team, enabling it to secure its first win of the season.

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“Mishra was unlucky not to get five wickets. He is a great bowler, he got myself, Maxwell and Marsh as well, so he has been a game-changer out there,” Miller said after Kings XI Punjab's second loss.

Miller did not blame the pitch for the his team's capitulation to Mishra, eventually getting bowled out for 111. “It was a low-scoring game but I think we lost too many wickets in different stages which changed the momentum of the match. I think the wicket was right.”

On a seemingly spin-friendly track, Miller admitted he was too late in planning to get Maxwell to bowl his offspinners. “I didn’t want the bowlers to bowl too many overs at once. We didn’t have enough runs on board. I thought I will bring Maxwell later on but then they won the game. So yes, Maxwell’s over was a bit too late. He could have come early. I guess we need to chop it up.”

Double blow

Maxwell and Miller were dismissed cheaply in the same over, the ninth of the innings, bowled by Mishra. Miller said the double blow was a big jolt to his team. “Mishra was bowling really well. But as trump batters, we needed to express ourself and play with freedom as well. There is a very fine line between batting with irresponsibility. I give credit to them. I guess we need to chat about that in the next couple of days,” he said.

“It (Maxwell’s shot) was not needed at that time to be honest. But then if Max would have hit a six then we would have been praising him. So may be at that stage he though he needed to take him on at that stage. He just missed the ball. It was a Catch-22 situation.” Maxwell had decided to attempt a flourishing stroke, but did not get enough leverage under the ball.

Miller conveyed that he had decided to stick to the same plans and processes as in the past. “It doesn’t change. I thought to go with the same mind set, same process, stick with the things that I did in the past. I have been hitting the ball nicely and as a batsman, I believe we need to stick to what worked in the past.”

Miller pointed at one positive to emerge out of the defeat. “Zaheer bowled really well today, they started well and put us under pressure. We were on the back foot. We finished well with our tailenders and that is one positive we can take from the match. Hopefully, we will come good in next match.”