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    We needed early wickets: Manhas

    PWI batsman reflects on his team’s first loss in IPL 2012

    Mohali 13 April 2012
    In the previous two matches the Pune Warriors India successfully defended totals, both home and away. However, their winning streak was halted by the Kings XI Punjab at the PCA Stadium here. The Dimitri Mascarenhas-led KXIP bowling attack and good work in the field ensured that the visitors were restricted to a subpar score. While defending this small total, missed chances in the field compounded PWI’s problems as the home team cruised to victory.

    PWI’s top scorer Mithun Manhas, who made 31 off 28, spoke to iplt20.com about the match.

    Excerpts from his post-match interaction with iplt20.com:

    On PWI’s confidence coming into this match and the team setting competitive targets in earlier games

    We did [come in with the confidence of beating KXIP and setting targets]. But the wickets kept falling at regular intervals, so it was hard to get them [runs]. In a Twenty20 game [to defend] you need to get those wickets early on, but if you are not able to do that then you can’t comeback because it is a short format of the game.

    On the pitch

    It was helping the bowlers; initially it was swinging and then stopping also.

    On what would have been a par score

    Anything close to 140 runs would have been a decent score.

    On whether they felt they had a chance of defending a small total

    Definitely. We had a chance if we had got those early wickets.

    On KXIP’s Shaun Marsh, who scored 64*

    We gave him three chances I think; one run-out was missed and twice catches [were dropped]. So I think that made the difference.

    On his own batting

    Here my job is to play till the end, and that is what I am trying to do. But [I was] unlucky today because I could have waited there.

    On playing under Sourav Ganguly

    He lets me be myself, so that is one big advantage. He doesn’t force any opinion. Whenever I ask him, he just tells me to play my normal game.

    On regrouping for the next game

    We have got two wins under our belt, so I don’t think it should bother us that much. The matches are going to be like this only [...] we just got to hang in there and play our part and do our best.

    On IPL as a platform for getting into the national side

    Not only for me but for every youngster it is a good platform. If you perform well, definitely you will be recognized, your performance will be acknowledged and you will definitely get a chance.

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