IPL 2014 news May 28, 2014

'Five bowlers make a huge difference' - Chawla


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Early wickets and D/L helped us- Chawla

Kolkata Knight Riders secured a spot in the IPL final with their eight successive victory. With the threat of rain around, their bowling attack was at their efficient best to defend 163 against Kings XI Punjab, who have been known to chase down much larger targets with relative ease.

"Most of the teams go in with four main bowlers and one part-timer but we go in with five main bowlers which makes a huge difference," Chawla said "Obviously people say T20 is about the batsmen but even if you put on 250 on the board, if you don't have good bowlers you can't defend that. We have got quality bowlers. Sunil (Narine) is there and there's Morne (Morkel), one of the fastest bowlers. Shakib (Al Hasan) too plays a crucial role and then we have got Umesh (Yadav) and myself. The bunch is really good."

Chawla was brought in place of Vinay Kumar to capitalise on a slow surface that had remained under cover for last three days because of persistent rain He finished with 1 for 23 and played a vital part in keeping Kings XI in check during the middle overs.

"I missed out on the last two games and it was much needed to come back strongly," Chawla said. "I am really happy, I bowled a crucial spell and got the big wicket of (David) Miller. Overall, performance was good. Eight wins in a row is a big achievement, we have done really well as a unit, we are very proud as a team."