I am happy with the momentum: Yuvraj
Mumbai: Pune Warriors skipper Yuvraj Singh expressed satisfaction at his side`s second consecutive victory after beating fellow-IPL debutants Kochi Tuskers Kerala by four-wicket victory at the D Y Patil Stadium.
Pune Warriors today successfully chased down a victory target of 149, set by the Kochi Tuskers Kerala, to register their second consecutive win in the Indian Premier League and Yuvraj said he was happy with the momentum.
"A win is a win, hard way or easy. I will take it. Very happy with the momentum," said Yuvraj after his side chased Kochi`s 148 for 8 with seven balls to spare after surviving some nervous moments.
He praised Mohnish Mishra for finishing the game for his side with an unbeaten 37 off 21 balls.
"I tell him to bat at no. 6, but he wants to open. His game is suited at no. 6 and he will bat at that position," said Yuvaj.
"After me getting out, (Robin) Uthappa made a quick 25-30 runs and had a good partnership with Mohnish. Mohnish took the match to the end," he added.
Yuvraj was also happy with the team`s bowling that had their rivals in trouble at 24 for 4 before Kochi fought back.
"Our bowlers bowled well. We took four quick wickets in the last match too," he said.
Yuvraj said he was happy to bat second in the match.
"Some captains like to put up a total, some like to chase. Our team is chasing well, did in the last two games. Happy to bat second," he said.
Yuvraj said the collision between Graeme Smith and Rahul Sharma was bad and the extent of injuries to both the players would be known in a day or two.
"He (Graeme Smith) is struggling at the moment. We will assess his injury in the next two days. It was a bad collision in the field. We will come to know about the extent of injuries in one or two days," Yuvraj said.
In the 19th over, there was an on-field collision between Rahul and Smith when both the fielders went for a high catch near the sight screen without calling out to each other.
Smith hurt his knee and needed medical attention and a substitute fielder. Both the players were seen walking out to bat with a substitute runner during their runchase.
Yuvraj was non committal about the decision of the Indian government to resume bilateral cricket ties with Pakistan.
"It is not in our hands. It`s not my call. It`s they who decide. My job is to play," he said.
Mohnish Mishra said though he was not accustomed to bat at no. 6, today`s knock that fetched him the man of the match award has given him lot of confidence.
"First time I am batting at no. 6. I had the captain`s confidence. We had played together in the Challenger Series. After this knock my confidence level has increased," said the player who struck 2 fours and as many sixes.