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Kolkata Knight Riders all-rounder says run-chase against Deccan Chargers was well-planned
By Akshay Manwani
Cuttack 23 April 2012
TheKolkata Knight Riders jumped to the third spot in the IPL 2012 table after a five-wicket win against the Deccan Chargers. This was KKR’s second consecutive win of the tournament coming right after their eight-wicket win against Kings XI Punjab a few nights ago.
Jacques Kallis, who anchored KKR’s run-chase with a 24-ball 23 in today’s game, spoke of his team’s performance in an exclusive interview with iplt20.com
The match got a bit tight at the end. Would you have liked a better chase?
We planned it pretty well. It was not an easy wicket to play on, and things went pretty much according to plan. It was a good chase and a good all-round performance. Kumar Sangakkara said he would have batted had he won the toss. Did you make the decision to field with an eye on the weather?
We would have probably looked to bat as well. It was a 50-50 decision. I don’t think the wicket changed too much throughout the game. We’ve chased pretty well lately, so the guys had it under control.
What are your thoughts on Yusuf Pathan?
He is a world-class player and the way he plays is high risk. It’s just a matter of time when he plays a massive innings for us and wins us a game. If guys back him, I have no doubt that he will come in and play a world-class innings.
It was a home game for DC, but the way crowd was supporting you, it looked like it was your home ground.
Yes. It’s strange, but we have been playing some good cricket and we have some good characters in the team. So it was nice to get that support, especially when it’s an away game. You play KKR again in Kolkata day after tomorrow; do we expect the same result?
It a rough turnaround. We travel tomorrow, [and] play the next day. It’s pretty late tonight. It’s going to be hard. They are a good side. They just haven’t got things going for them at the moment. This tournament is all about momentum. We want to keep the momentum, and hopefully, we can keep on playing the type of cricket that we know we can play.
Are you happy with your own form?
Yes, happy at the moment. [It is a] slightly different role [this time]. Happy with what I am doing with the bat and the ball. As long as I am contributing, and we are winning games, I’m pretty happy.
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.