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92: Mumbai Indians equaled their lowest total in IPL. They had made an identical total against Delhi Daredevils at Mumbai in 2012.
87: The margin of defeat for Mumbai Indians - their biggest ever in IPL. Kings XI Punjab had beaten them by 76 runs at Mohali in 2011.
71.09: Ricky Ponting’s strike-rate in IPL – worst for any batsman facing at least 100 balls.
30: Dinesh Karthik’s score – his lowest in five innings this year. In comparison, skipper Ricky Ponting’s highest this year has been 28.
12: Number of times Rajasthan Royals have successfully defended a total of 170 runs (or more).
5: All five Rajasthan Royals batsmen scored runs at a strike-rate of 100 or more - second such instance in IPL2013. All five Kolkata Knight Riders batsmen had managed to maintain a strike-rate of at least 100 against Rajasthan Royals at Kolkata.
PWI pacer says his team’s batters can still turn things around
By Harsh Kalan
Pune 18 April 2013
Despite starting their home game against the Sunrisers Hyderabad on a high note, a familiar climax greetedPune Warriors India on Wednesday evening at the finish line. Their bowlers, led by India quick, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, restricted the opposition for a sub-par total, but their middle-order woes continued to haunt them, and yet again they fell short of a modest target.
Thanks to this heartbreaking defeat, Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s stellar effort with the ball (4-0-18-3) was overshadowed by the agony of another loss. However, the PWI pacer sounded optimistic during his post-match chat with IPLT20.COM and he expressed faith in his team’s batting to bounce back.
Excerpts from his interview:
What turned the game around for PWI?
Actually, there’s no doubt that we bowled well and kept things under control. But yes, we lost (the game) when we lost our middle-order batsmen quickly.
Still, you had a good day with the ball earlier
The wicket was helping swing bowling initially. So, the plan was to put pressure on batsmen and try and restrict them to a low score. And it worked.
Speaking of things that work, is there anything special you’ve been doing to prepare for the Twenty20 format?
You know, it doesn’t matter what the format is… you always back your strengths and do the basics right. That is what I’m doing. But you need variations in Twenty20. You bowl slow; you bowl yorkers and things like that.
What influence has a coach like Allan Donald had on you?
Yes obviously, he’s helping a lot. He tells us to keep things simple and uncomplicated. He even asks our opinions and tells us to back our strengths (as bowlers).
So what lies on the road ahead for PWI?
We should have won this match; that would have been good. But there are still plenty of matches to go this season. So, everyone in the team has to back each other moving ahead and pray for the best.
What about PWI’s batting, especially while chasing?
Well we lost two matches from a winning position. But the last two matches, we played well. It is all part of the game – sometimes you win, sometimes you lose. I believe our batsmen are capable of turning things around for us.