Vohra influenced by 'calm' Sehwag
One of the two players retained by Kings XI Punjab at the start of the season, Manan Vohra has played only two games for the franchise in IPL 2014. Both his innings so far have been attacking ones, including a 20-ball 47 against Sunrisers Hyderabad - his first game of this season - that set up Kings XI's astounding 206-run chase. With 89 runs in two games, Vohra has said Virender Sehwag's calming influence has helped him deal better with pressure.
"I have never seen such a calm cricketer. He tells me to be go for the shots and never be under pressure," Vohra told Indian Express. "Against Sunrisers Hyderabad, we had to chase 206 and it was my first match in the tournament. I was desperate as well as nervous as we walked to the crease. I told him, 'Paaji it is my first match and such a huge total to achieve. How will I take on Dale Steyn and others?' He said they are under pressure as they have to defend the total, you just go and have a blast. I did exactly the same and we managed to win the match, too."
'We were a bit soft' - Fleming
Stephen Fleming, the Chennai Super Kings coach, has said that the team's "soft attitude" was one of the major factors in their eight-wicket loss to Kolkata Knight Riders at Eden Gardens on Tuesday. Super Kings scored 154 but their defence was weakened by their fielding, which included two dropped catches off Robin Uthappa, who went on to score 67.
"It was a bad day, we played poorly," Fleming said after the game. "We scraped pretty hard with the bat and 155- 160 wasn't a bad score on that wicket. But in bowling and fielding we were well off, dropping catches of key players, including Uthappa who made us pay and took away the game from us very quickly.
"It's more of the attitude that hurt us today... we were a bit soft. When things don't go our way, we intimidate our way in. But that attitude was not there today which is unlike CSK. But the positive is we have qualified for the knockouts."
Pietersen fined for slow over-rate
Delhi Daredevils' captain Kevin Pietersen has been fined Rs 12 lakh (approx. $20,000) for his team's slow over rate during the game against Kings XI Punjab on Monday.