Kings lacked little bit in all departments, says allrounder du Plooy

By our correspondent
LAHORE: Karachi Kings English all-rounder Leus du Plooy has said that they lacked little bit in all departments of the game against Islamabad United in their HBL PSL 9 show at Karachi on Wednesday night.
“I think we probably lacked little bit in all departments of the game. The trend here in Karachi is that its easier to play in the powerplay and then it gets tougher in the middle overs,” Du Plooy told a post-match news conference.
Karachi Kings posted 165-5 with Kieron Pollard scoring unbeaten 28-ball 48 at National Bank Stadium Karachi on Wednesday night. Islamabad United achieved the target with nine balls to spare thanks to excellent batting from Colin Munro (82) and Alex Hales (47).
Plooy said that United had fine start both with the bat and ball.
“They (United) played the powerplay very well in both bat and ball. I think looking back, reflecting that we could have been a little bit better. Munro played an exceptional innings. We managed to fight back with the ball but our start was not good enough both with the bat and ball,” Plooy said.
“The plan going on was just the same like having been playing everywhere else. Yes, the conditions determine the way you play. We had enough practice in the nets and have seen other Pakistan’s pitches and how they have played. Its similar anyways, the game plan very much remains the same. The pitch was little bit slow in the start. I don’t think it prevents you from scoring runs. Yes, it gets tougher out of powerplay and they played very well but they also had less pressure on them due to lack of runs on the board. They played with the extra freedom out of powerplay. We were under pressure, losing wickets in cluster which is not ideal,” Plooy said.
Plooy wants to see big home crowd backing the hosts.
“One thing I can say my experience as being first time in Pakistan is the passion the people have. In Lahore and Multan crowd was more and I don’t know house was not full today here. It will be great to have home crowd backing us as even its half full but you feel it at home and the flavour which they bring. Hope tomorrow they will come in big numbers,” he said.
“Yes, it’s my first time and Micky Arthur who is a very good coach, had told me all about this league so and ever since I have kept the eyes closed and when I got here, facing some of the bowlers and bowlers in other teams and I think it’s incredible talent in Pakistan. Unbelievable experience it’s the league which I rate highly and I am getting experience myself and I am very excited to be part of it,” Plooy said.
Plooy said that its beauty of cricket to play in partnerships.
“The beauty of cricket is that you play in partnerships and I think if you look at our partnership it was a good one. Shani was struggling on the other side but we backed him as he is a great leader and the other day it might be me struggling and the other day he sees the ball very well and he is finding the pitch very easier. I was feeling well the moment I came in. A person who might be struggling on the other side but I have to make sure I take care of the partnerships and that puts less pressure on yourself,” Plooy said.

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