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Shreyas Iyer Hails Manish Pandey, Says Impact Player Rule Helped KKR Against MI

07:33 AM May 04, 2024 IST | NEWS Desk
shreyas iyer hails manish pandey  says impact player rule helped kkr against mi
Shreyas Iyer Hails Manish Pandey, Says Impact Player Rule Helped KKR Against MI

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India]: Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) Shreyas Iyer labelled impact player rule as the factor that "certainly" helped them take a step closer to the playoffs of the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) season following their 24-run over Mumbai Indians at the Wankhede Stadium.

KKR were down and stood on the brink of facing defeat after a spirited performance from the MI bowlers reduced them to 57-5. Out of desperation, KKR decided to reduce their bowling options and brought in Manish Pandey in place of all-rounder Ramandeep Singh.

The seasoned batter used his experience to pull KKR out of their woes and forged an 83-run stand with Venkatesh Iyer. The single decision from KKR management changed the complexion of the entire game as they put up a fighting score of 169 on the board.
Manish struck 42 off 31 deliveries, which were laced evenly with two fours and two towering sixes.

"Certainly, with this impact player rule, it has helped us in this game. Manish has been eyeing an opportunity since Day 1. Today, he got it. We got to a commendable total. All I had to say to the boys was we can defend it with our bowling lineup. They were unreal to be honest (on the two spinners).

Shreyas appreciated the spinners and said they were unreal and spot on with their lines and lengths, adding that they executed their plans to perfection.

"Just having a conversation with Starcy. I told him how important this game for us. If we lost this, would've had to win two out of four. Would take this anyday. Beautiful victory for us. Hope we could've cherished this one. But we have a match day after as well. Absolutely spot on in terms of execution with line and lengths. He's been eagerly waiting to go out and express himself in earlier games as well (on Venkatesh Iyer)," he added.

Read: IPL 2024: Venkatesh-Manish’s 83-Run Stand, Mitchell Starc’s Pure Pace Inspire KKR To 24-Run Win Against MI

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