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“You can never write us off,” was what Albie Morkel had to say after his scintillating match-winning knock at the Chepauk against the Royal Challengers Bangalore. The hosts Chennai Super Kings were chasing a humongous target of 206. With 43 required off the last two overs, RCB were well and truly in the driver’s seat.
However, the strapping South African all-rounder turned the match on its head by smacking 28 off the 19th over, bowled by Virat Kohli. In all, Morkel hit three sixes and two fours in his seven-ball stay at the crease.
After scripting this sensational win for CSK, Morkel told iplt20.com that belief has been the key ingredient in the team’s tremendous success over the years. What are your thoughts on this chase?
I think it was very good wicket, and we had to believe in ourselves that if we play well, we will get close. I think we were bit behind the required rate; but as they say, a T20 game is not over till it’s over. ‘Belief’, would this word sum up CSK’s win today?
Definitely. Even if you look at the other tournaments in the past, often we had a slow start and then a good game and we continued on from there. You can never write us off. Tonight, it was a good wicket. Faf du Plessis played well up front and Dhoni was good. I’m just really happy. We had a slow start to this tournament; we got bowled out for [about] 100 in two games, so hopefully, this will give us a bit of confidence.
Is CSK expected to chase such steep a target with the number of quality finishers you have in your team?
Sometime it creates a problem. When you have a big batting line-up, you sort of lose your responsibility as a player, because you know that you have guys behind you. But on a night like tonight, it’s great to have big hitters down the order. Did your eyes light up when you saw Virat Kohli bowling the 19th over?
We knew that was going to happen. The two very good spinners were bowled out early, and I think they tried to win the game before the last over. So, we knew they would have to bowl a part-timer at some point at the death. What was the talk in the dressing room after the first innings?
We were a little bit disappointed. When a team puts 200 on the board, it’s a big total in T20. But it was a good wicket and we knew we could chase it down if we bat deep. Do you think the team is finally coming to terms with the wicket?
This was a completely different wicket than the one in the first game, which had a lot of grass on it. This was a fantastic wicket; and if we play on the same wicket, we will have a lot of high-scoring games.
1637 Runs scored by Rohit Sharma in the IPL. He is now the third-highest run-getter in the IPL after Suresh Raina (1832) and Sachin Tendulkar (1739).
197 for six by Mumbai Indians is the highest total posted by any team in IPL 2012. This surpasses the previous best of 193 by Chennai Super Kings against Deccan Chargers at Visakhapatnam on April 7.
96 Runs added by Ambati Rayudu and Kieron Pollard for the fourth wicket – the best ever partnership for any wicket in IPL 2012 – the previous best was 81 for the third wicket between Marlon Samuels and Robin Uthappa for Pune Warriors India against Kings XI Punjab at Pune on April 8.
64 Kieron Pollard made his first fifty in the IPL on his 34th appearance. His previous best was 45* against Delhi Daredevils at Mumbai in 2010.
22 Number of sixes hit in the match (12 by Mumbai Indians and 10 by Rajasthan Royals) the – most in a match in IPL 2012.
10 Number of wickets taken by Munaf Patel in IPL 2012 – the most by any bowler.
8 Number of 50s scored in IPL 2012 – three of them have been scored by Mumbai Indians batsmen.
5 Sixes hit by Owais Shah. He equalled the record for most sixes in an innings by a player in IPL 2012 set by Chennai Super Kings’ Dwayne Bravo and Mumbai Indians’ Rohit Sharma – both against Deccan Chargers.
3 Number of players to have performed the all-round feat of scoring a fifty and taking four wickets in the same match. Pollard joined Paul Valthaty and Yuvraj Singh in doing so.
3 Number of four-wicket hauls taken by Munaf Patel in the IPL. He equalled Anil Kumble and L Balaji’s record of most four-wicket hauls in the IPL.
2 Harbhajan Singh was playing his 50th IPL match. He became only the second player, after Sachin Tendulkar (52), to have played 50 or matches exclusively for Mumbai Indians. 2 Munaf Patel became the first bowler to take two four-wicket hauls in IPL 2012. He had taken four for 20 against Deccan Chargers at Visakhapatnam on April 9.
1 The match provided the first instance in IPL history of two bowlers (Munaf Patel and Kieron Pollard) from the same side taking four wickets each in the same match.