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February 20, 2017

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Chasing 200 a lot easier than chasing 120: Pietersen

Chasing 200 a lot easier than chasing 120: Pietersen

SHARJAH: Kevin Pietersen said he was unperturbed by a string of low scores at the start of the 2017 PSL, but was pleased that when he did strike big — with an unbeaten 42-ball 88 — it came in a winning cause. With his knock, Quetta Gladiators beat Lahore Qalandars by five wickets chasing 201 on Saturday.

While explaining the thought process behind his innings, Pietersen also said that he found chasing a big target preferable to smaller ones.

“When you’re chasing 200, it’s a lot easier than 120 because you can set targets,” Pietersen said. “When you’re chasing 200 you’ve just got to keep going and going and going. I think understanding the game in terms of making sure you still get yourself in [matters] and that gives you a chance to go on.”

Quetta had lost both openers by the fifth over with the score on 24. However, a 57-run partnership for the third wicket between Rilee Rossouw and Pietersen managed to keep the required rate from going too high. Once Rossouw fell, Sarfraz Ahmed and Pietersen added 101 for the fifth wicket, with the Pakistan wicketkeeper-batsman contributing 45 off 25 balls. Quetta took 47 off the 17th and 18th overs with Pietersen striking six sixes in that time to decimate Lahore’s attack. His entire innings included eight sixes and three fours.

Pietersen’s PSL campaign began with 3, 0 and 0 but he wasn’t fussed, coming off a successful Big Bash League season with the Melbourne Stars, finishing eighth on the tournament’s run charts with 268.

“I’ve come off a Big Bash where I’ve top-scored, so a couple of low scores don’t bother me,” Pietersen said. “It bothers a lot of other people talking about the game but it doesn’t bother me.”

 

Points Table

Teams                 M       W       L        T        N/R     Pts

QG               5        3        1        0        1        7

IU                5        3        2        0        0        6

PZ                5        2        2        0        1        5

LQ                5        2        3        0        0        4

KK                4        1        3        0        0        2

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