Hyderabad: Kings XI Punjab skipper Adam Gilchrist said he was just hanging in there when his teammate Paul Valthaty was crushing Deccan Chargers in their Indian Premier League-season 4 match.

Gilchrist lavished praise on Valthaty for producing another blinder of an innings in the team's eight-wicket win over Deccan Chargers.

High on confidence after his match-winning century in their previous match against Chennai Super Kings, Valthaty proved that his effort against the defending champions the other night was no flash in the pan, and Gilchrist was naturally delighted.

The former Australia keeper said it was a tough chase, made easier by Valthaty's superb show.

"I was trying to hang in with Paul. He is a very calm customer. It was a tough chase, but if you play as well as Paul did, you end up winning easier. The way Paul was going the total wasn't enough," he said.

Valthaty, after his all-round show, became the first player in the IPL to take four wickets and score a half century.

Thanks to his marauding knock, he also equalled Sachin Tendulkar as the leading scorer in the ongoing league.

"To be on par with the god of cricket, Sachin Tendulkar, is overwhelming," Valthaty said.

The 27-year-old said it was important that he makes a fresh start after the onslaught against Chennai.

"So far so good. (In the) previous innings I remained not out. I would not dwell too much in to this. It is a long tournament and I will try to take each game as it comes," he said.

Chargers skipper Kumar Sangakkara felt 165 was a competitive total but 15-20 runs more would have been better.

(Agencies)