RR all-rounder says CSK opener made a difference in today’s match
By Shirin Sadikot
Chennai 21 April 2012
The Rajasthan Royals have taken advantage of their tag of underdogs by beating strong teams like the Kolkata Knight Riders and the Royal Challengers Bangalore. Their match in Chennai against the defending champions was the biggest test of their character. Although RR lost the game to the Chennai Super Kings, they fought till the end and took the match into the last over while defending a modest total of 147.
Ashok Menaria, who contributed with a 34-run cameo and bowled two overs for 10 runs, expressed his satisfaction with RR’s effort in a post-match interview with iplt20.com.
Are away games are still a problem for the Royals?
There is no such thing. We played in Bangalore and won there. Also, there hasn’t been a single match which we have lost convincingly. All the matches we have lost were stretched to the last over. I think we are playing better than ever.
Does forcing a batting line-up like CSK’s to take a 147-run chase to the last over give you a lot of confidence?
Definitely. We managed to stretch the game till the last over even after not having a par score against such big a team. [That] has boosted our morale.
After winning the toss, what did you think was a good total on this wicket?
We didn’t have a total on our mind. We thought we would play according to the wicket. And I think it was not a bad total, but just a couple of misfields here and there. And we couldn’t capitalize in the last few overs. How was the wicket playing – CSK chased down 205 the other day, and the last couple of matches they chased 164 and 147 [today]?
Wicket was a bit slow and ball was keeping low. It’s difficult to play on such a wicket in a T20 game. If Faf [du Plessis] wouldn’t have played so well, the match would have been ours.
Was their opening partnership the turning point?
Not the opening partnership, but their opening batsman [Faf du Plessis] took the match away from us.