Shirin Sadikot in Chennai 21 April 2012 - 09:32pm IST
Faf took the game away: Menaria
RR all-rounder says CSK opener made a difference in today’s match
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.