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April 26, 2012
Robin Peterson, who scored 15 off four balls in the penultimate over against Kings XI Punjab and helped Mumbai win by four wickets, said he focused on staying calm during his match-winning knock.
Mumbai were chasing 168 and needed 32 from 12 balls when Peterson entered the fray. He reverse swept Piyush Chawla's first ball for four, and then switch hit Chawla for another four off his second delivery. Peterson then slog swept his third ball for a six. His partner Ambati Rayudu continued the onslaught in the over by hitting Chawla for two sixes.
"I just tried to hit it as hard and as far as I could. I realised that it's best not to think too much in such situations and kept it really simple and stayed calm," Peterson said. "Ambati must take credit for the way he played and the advice he gave me."
Peterson said that though Mumbai lost wickets they always felt they were in with a chance. "The outfield was quick and it was a venue where you could chase [such a target]," Peterson said. "We didn't get the start we wanted but we thought we had players coming down [the order] that could make a difference. We were happy to chase anything under 180," he said. "Last year, I hit the winning runs against India in the World Cup, it was the only match they lost [in the tournament]. So I have done it before in my career."
Kings XI's coach and captain Adam Gilchrist, who didn't play due to a hamstring injury, said that Peterson's innings was the turning point. "We should celebrate the amazing cricket we saw. I must admit I thought we would get home but there was amazing batting from the last two guys at the end," Gilchrist said.
Gilchrist also defended Chawla saying that bowlers are bound to be hit for runs in the T20 format. "There should not be any focus on Piyush [who conceded 27 in the 19th over] but on Robin Peterson. Chawla is a legspinner in a T20 competition, on a tiny little ground. Of course he will get hit for sixes," Gilchrist said. "He bowled very well in his first three overs [conceding 19], it was just those last six balls [that he got hit]. Looking at past records, I have been impressed with Chawla. David Hussey was right to show faith in him."
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