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Losing a match after setting the opposition a target of 197 runs is always disappointing. And today, it was the Deccan Chargers that trudged back to the pavilion with their heads down after they lost to the Rajasthan Royals at the Sawai Mansing Stadium.
The team from Hyderabad have now lost all the three games that they have played in IPL 2012. Today, although they batted well, it was their bowling and poor fielding and half chances that cost the visitors the match. After losing a game that could have gone either way till the last over, a disappointed coach Darren Lehmann said, “[...] we have work to do. We are close but close is not going to get us anywhere as long as we don’t actually win the games.”
Opener Shikhar Dhawan, who was instrumental in setting up a good target for the opposition, scored 52 runs and was involved in a 94-run opening stand with skipper Kumar Sangakkara. He spoke to iplt20.com after the match.
On winning the toss and opting to bat first
It was good track, so we had thought that we would put up a big score on the board; and we did that. On whether the target they had set RR was sufficient
Yes absolutely! [Approximately] 200 runs are a lot to get.
On managing Dale Steyn’s four overs
Yes, [we have to manage them]. We had planned that Dale Steyn would bowl the last two overs, and he did. But unfortunately, the game did not go our way. The other bowlers, Anand [Rajan], Amit Mishra and others also bowled [alright]. There is a strategy of who will bowl when.
On the 94-run opening partnership
I and Kumar Sangakkara had a good opening partnership, and hope that we continue to have such opening stands.
On the acceleration in the last few overs, when Daniel Christain and JP Duminy added 88 runs in 6.5 overs
Yes [we had decided to accelerate]. Things went according to plan as we had decided in the last five overs.
On what had gone wrong
Our fielding was loose; we conceded too many runs [in the field]. And so the game went away from us.
On whether there would be changes in the team going into the next game
I wouldn’t know. The coach will know.
On the areas that DC need to work on
We would work more on the fielding. We were working on it earlier too but now we would stress on it a bit more.
1 Ajinkya Rahane became first batsman to aggregate 300 runs in IPL 2012 – taking only 6 innings to do so.
4.5 Overs taken by the Rajasthan Royals to reach their fifty. This is the joint-fastest fifty in IPL 2012. The Royal Challengers Bangalore had also taken same number of overs to score their fifty against the Chennai Super Kings at Chennai on April 12.
37 Number of sixes hit by Rajasthan Royals batsmen in IPL 2012 – most by any side. They have also conceded the most number of sixes – 36.
55 Runs conceded by RR’s Amit Singh in the match – most by any bowler in IPL 2012. Deccan Chargers’ MS Gony had conceded 54 runs against CSK in Visakhapatnam on April 7. 62 Runs scored by RR in first 6 overs – maximum by any side. The Kolkata Knight Riders had made 60 for no loss against Royal RCB in Bangalore on April 10. 75.00 RR’s win percentage at Jaipur (15 wins in 20 games) – highest for any side at home. 94 Runs added by DC’s Kumar Sangakkara and Shikhar Dhawan – highest partnership for the first wicket in IPL 2012. Rahul Dravid and Ajinkya Rahane had added 77 runs against Kings XI Punjab at this very ground.
197 for 5 – RR’s second-highest successful chase. They had made 217 for seven in Hyderabad in IPL 2008, also against the Deccan Chargers.