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3 Number of overseas players used by Mumbai Indians (James Franklin, Thisara Perera and Kieron Pollard). The last time a team played with only three overseas players in the IPL was in the Kolkata Knight Riders vs Deccan Chargers encounter at Kolkata on April 11, 2011; KKR played Jacques Kallis, Eoin Morgan and Ryan ten Doeschate on that occasion.
9 Number of maiden overs bowled by Praveen Kumar in the IPL – the most by any bowler. With 12 maidens, PK holds the record in all Twenty20 matches too. He also equalled Irfan Pathan’s tally of two maidens in IPL 2012. 8 Number of matches after which Praveen took a wicket in the IPL. He had gone wicketless in his last two matches last year, and in all six matches this year, before he finally managed to get a wicket.
14 Number of 50-plus scores made by Shaun Marsh in the IPL – the most by any batsman, along with Jacques Kallis. Interestingly, Marsh has played only 34 innings as against Kallis’s 62. 66 Number of wickets taken by Pragyan Ojha in the IPL. He now shares second place with RP Singh on the list of leading wicket-takers in the IPL, behind only Lasith Malinga (70)
66.66 Kings XI Punjab’s win percentage against Mumbai Indians – six wins in nine games – the best among all teams to have played more than one game against Mumbai Indians.
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.