After scoring winning runs in the final delivery, Punjab Kings (PBKS) all-rounder Sikandar Raza revealed he just wanted to run well if he didn’t cross the last-ball boundary to seal the win.
PBKS beat CSK by four wickets in a last-ball thriller at Chepauk Stadium to record their fifth win of the season as Raza ran the final delivery three times to seal the win.
When PBKS needed 9 points on the final, six came out of the first five balls before Raza managed to secure the winning points of the final delivery, that too without hitting a boundary and securing a victory for his team.
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Speaking after the game, the versatile player said, coming from a Zimbabwean background, he emphasizes winning rather than individual performances.
“Every time you win a game for your team, it’s a good feeling. Coming from Zimbabwean culture, we put more emphasis on winning than individual performance,” Raza said.
He also mentioned a conversation that took place within the PBKS team before the final delivery, where they needed three races to emerge victorious. He said the team may have considered replacing one of the batters with a better runner for the last pitch to improve their chances of scoring the winning run.
“I was just watching a lot of arms up in the locker room. Maybe it was about one of the guys retiring. We said we were at the limit of run-a-ball (in the final), and if we can’t get it, we’ll run well,” he added.
Raza further felt that Livingstone changed the momentum of the game in the 16th when he hammered Tushar Deshpande for two straight sixes followed by a limit and another maximum to take 24 points over.
“That which Livi (Livingstone) took the lead on and took 20 one off, changed momentum. When I went there, I just wanted to run as hard as I could. I was trying to hit a six but I couldn’t,” he concluded.
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