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Prajakta Pawar in Mohali 13 April 2012 - 01:49am IST

Playing at home helped: Harmeet

KXIP pacer hopes to continue his bowling rhythm

 Kings XI Punjab finally opened their account in IPL 2012 with a win in front of their home crowd at the Punjab Cricket Association Stadium here. Opting to field first, skipper Adam Gilchrist marshaled his troops masterfully. Led by Dimitri Mascarenhas, KXIP bowlers responded to their captain’s call and pitched in to help restrict the long batting line-up of the Pune Warriors India to a mere 115 runs.

Harmeet Singh, who has been in decent form in recent times, was an able ally for Mascarenhas along with Praveen Kumar, Parwinder Awana and Piyush Chawla. He also picked up two wickets in the game.

In a post-match interview with iplt20.com, Harmeet spoke about the bowling strategy in the match today.

Excerpts:

On whether KXIP had the advantage of playing at home

Yes, we did have the advantage of playing at home. Mohali has a green track, and it rained yesterday, so there was dampness and movement in the wicket. It was about pitching the ball in the right areas otherwise the ball was doing everything by itself.

On Dimitri Mascarenhas’ performance with the ball


Today Dimitri was the man with the golden arm. His first two spells were such that, first, he got the first wicket off the first ball of his first over. He was in good form and was bowling with a good rhythm, so it was about hitting the right areas. He hit the right areas and so he got five wickets.

On the thinking behind having Praveen Kumar bowl his quota of four overs in one spell

Initially, the thinking was to get him to bowl his first three overs and keep one over for later. But then, Dimitri had picked wickets from the other end, so to build the pressure on the batsmen, so that we can take another wicket, PK was asked to bowl his full quota.

On his bowling and form

I am trying to continue in the rhythm in which I am right now. I have to just pitch the ball in the right areas and the wickets will come.

On bowling coach Joe Dawes


It has been a good experience. He is a knowledgeable coach and he explains things very elaborately. He tells things based on the situation and the batsman [that you are bowling to], like when should you bowl a yorker to a batsman or a slower ball. He explains things like, in which overs [death overs, powerplays, etc] and what situations how should one bowl.

On having played under Adam Gilchrist for Deccan Chargers and now for Kings XI Punjab


Gilly is a legend. His captaincy is very good. He knows and understands what field placements should be made in which situations and which bowler he should get to bowl to which batsman. I have had a good experience playing under him.

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