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Deccan Chargers batsman says Cuttack wicket wasn’t easy, but 126 was below par
By Akshay Manwani
Cuttack 23 April 2012
Deccan Chargers suffered their fifth successive defeat of DLF IPL 2012 when they lost to the Kolkata Knight Riders by five wickets at the Barabati Stadium. Put in to bat first, the Chargers managed to score only 126 runs on a wicket that wasn’t ideal for strokeplay. DC batsman Cameron White, however, said that his team was 20 runs short of what would have been a good score, because the wicket was not a bad one.
White spoke exclusively to iplt20.com following the loss.
You finished poorly while batting and that probably cost you the game.
Obviously, we were probably 20 runs short with the bat. It wasn’t an easy wicket, but definitely not a 127  wicket. That was the start of it, and then when they [KKR] were chasing it, they were under no real pressure to go after the bowling. What exactly was the problem with the wicket?
Well, I think it was a pretty good wicket. KKR bowled nicely and it was a little difficult to score. It was by no means a bad wicket. 150 was more the appropriate score.
Are you happy with the bowling effort despite the defeat?
Dale Steyn was fantastic again, and everyone contributed and chipped in. Young Veer [Pratap Singh] bowled well again. Our spinners were good as well – Mishy [Amit Mishra] and Ankit [Sharma].
As part of the senior leadership in the side, how do you keep the team motivated despite the mounting losses?
We’ve got every need to be motivated; we’re still trying our best to get our first win. Obviously, there are a few areas we need to improve. It’s about practicing hard, trying to improve, and hopefully, that goes a long way in helping us win our first game.
You have three away games now. Does that not make the job of getting on the winning track even more difficult?
Probably. We’ve got KKR back at their place now. Then we’ve got Mumbai [Indians] and Pune [Warriors India], and they are playing well. It’s going to be tough.
Spinner still backs Mumbai Indians’ pacers to make up for Malinga’s absence
By Hoshedar N. Gundevia
Mumbai 22 April 2012
Part of the Purple Cap trio that the Mumbai Indians boast, Pragyan Ojha has proven his bowling ability at the highest level in the past. The IPL 2010 Purple Cap winner is now part of MI’s all-star squad, and is looking to match his former achievements. But this season, his form has been blighted by inconsistency; much like MI’s displays so far. The CLT20 2011 champions made a bright start to their IPL 2012 campaign, but soon stumbled and haven’t quite got back on their feet yet.
Despite Ojha’s two-wicket haul against Kings XI Punjab, the Mumbai franchise couldn’t stop the away side from taking home the two points. But the 25-year-old left-armer is confident that his side has enough experience to bounce back from their latest loss. The talented MI spinner spoke exclusively to iplt20.com after MI’s defeat to KXIP at the Wankhede Stadium on Sunday.
Excerpts: Your team appears to be in indifferent form. What’s going wrong for MI?
Last time, when we played DD [Delhi Daredevils], we couldn’t get enough runs on the board. Today, we should have bowled better and restricted them to a smaller score. We have a better side than how we performed. You were favourites going into this match. Is it a disadvantage to be labeled as favourites?
I don’t think so. We are an experienced side, and not a young side, who will get under pressure if people expect a lot off you. When you get on the field, all you think of is doing well for the team, and not think too much about what others are planning for you.
How badly did MI miss Lasith Malinga?
He is our strike bowler and he has won games for MI. He is a wicket-taker and every team would want to have a bowler like him. Hopefully, he gets well soon and joins the side for the upcoming matches. Do you feel MI lack a replacement for Lasith Malinga?
Not really. We have got RP Singh, Munaf Patel and other big-name bowlers. They have played enough international cricket to have confidence to bowl in these games. We are missing Malinga, but that doesn’t mean that RP and Munaf can’t do the job for us. They are also good bowlers with a lot of experience behind them. What’s your take on the Wankhede pitches?
The wicket is playing very well. They are true T20 pitches as we are getting runs, and there is something for the bowlers. We have to apply ourselves and do well for the rest of the tournament.