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IPL centurion Hashim Amla confident of Kings XI Punjab’s playoffs berth, but also wary

In the Punjab batting outfit, it was South Africa’s Hashim Amla who stole the show with his century and proved that he can bat well in all 3 formats of the game.

Hashim Amla
Hashim Amla. (Photo Source: BCCI)

The Kings XI Punjab vs Mumbai Indians game was one of the most entertaining games of the tenth edition of the Indian Premier League. The fashion in which Punjab began their 2017 campaign, it looked like they were one of the favourites to lift the cup this year. However, after winning two games, they lost four successive games to once again find themselves in a spot of bother. Even though they put up a target of 191 for the Mumbai Indians, they were crushed by the Rohit Sharma-led team, who chased the target with 27 balls left.

In the Punjab batting outfit, it was South Africa’s Hashim Amla who stole the show with his century and proved that he can bat well in all 3 formats of the game. His century, however, went in vain as Punjab’s bowlers were a big let down on the day. However, Amla is still pretty confident of Punjab’s berth in the 2017 playoffs.

“Of course there is a chance,” he said off playoffs. “Every team has a chance to get into the playoffs, we are only halfway through the competition, so everybody is in with a chance if we get on a good roll, (with) consecutive victories, then with the momentum you never know what can happen,” he was quoted as saying by Cricbuzz.

But he is also scared the team may lag behind the others if they fail to bounce back and regain their momentum. He said that they need to win around six to seven games to qualify for the playoffs, and that might be a bit challenging after Mumbai completely made a mockery of the giant total at Indore’s Holkar Stadium.“

Seven matches we have to win, basically every one of them or at least five I think. I’m not sure what the equation is, but nevertheless, we have to play as attacking as we can and hopefully get some victories under our belt before we fall too far behind.”

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