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Pacer feels that dropped catches cost Royal Challengers Bangalore
By Akshay Manwani
Kolkata 29 April 2012
Gautam Gambhir played a captain’s innings as he struck a blustery 51-ball 93 to set up a 47-run win for the Kolkata Knight Riders against the Royal Cahllengers Bangalore at the Eden Gardens. However, Gambhir might not have been able to post his best score of the tournament had RCB held on to either one of two catches that came their way off the KKR skipper’s bat as early as in the third over of the match. RCB paceman,
R Vinay Kumar, who spoke to IPLT20.com following the game, alluded to those missed opportunities as the difference between the two sides.
Was Gambhir’s innings perhaps the difference between the two teams?
He played well, but we were not that lucky. In Zaheer Khan’s first [second] over two catches went down. There were few inside edges as well. He played well, but we were not lucky to have got him [out] earlier.
Like you said, your fielding was not up to the mark. There were dropped catches and misfields. What went wrong?
It happens. He [Harshal Patel] took the catch but then as he dived, with his elbow touching the ground, the ball went through. The Chris Gayle catch also; sometimes the ball needs to stick in the hands. He [Gambhir] played really well. But like I said, we weren’t that lucky today.
You were one of the few bowlers who was, relatively, not all that expensive. What were you doing differently?
T20 is a batsmen’s game. At time even when you bowl a good ball, batsman hits it out of the ground. You have to bowl to your strength and back yourself. When batsmen get going, it becomes very difficult. With the good balls also they will connect. They [KKR] were in a very good position; they lost only one wicket and hence managed to get so many runs.
Did the wicket change a lot in the second innings? What was it like?
It was a little on the slower side compared to the first innings. We lost early wickets and that put pressure on [Chris] Gayle. In the end [though] he played really well. If we had wickets in hand, definitely we would have chased the score [down].
You now play your next two games at home. Will that help you recover from this defeat?
Nothing wrong with the loss in this game, but we still have seven games left. We are going to take one match at a time and try to win every game.
The Chennai Super Kings were in control of today’s match for 30 overs. But with tremendous fighting spirit combined with fine death bowling by Kings XI Punjab stole the match away from their grasp.
After defeating the defending champions at home, KXIP batsman David Miller was pumped up. He took time out from the lengthy celebrations in the visiting camp to speak to iplt20.com after the thrilling seven-run victory.
Here’s what he had to say:
What do you make of this victory?
We came here as underdogs, and we just said to each other in team meeting to show courage and fight. That’s all you can ask for at the end of the day. And we came out on top.
The way you started, it looked like you will get a big score. What was the talk like in the dressing room after scoring 156 runs?
The ball was nice and hard up front, so it came on nicely. As the overs went on, the ball got a little bit softer and they started taking some pace off it, which was a little bit tricky. We started off nicely and finished off very well with the bowl. Do you think your bowling changes fell into place today?
We don’t really have a formula. We were in a similar situation in the last game against MI [Mumbai Indians] and ended up on the losing side. I am so happy that the boys pulled it off today
How has your experience in the IPL been so far?
I have really enjoyed it. It’s great to tour India with all the people who are so passionate about their sport. It’s so humbling to come here and see the people and how they live. The culture, the food and the hospitality is just awesome. This pitch has always been a mystery. What did you make of it today?
It was a slow wicket, so we started taking the pace off the ball towards the end. It’s a great stadium. I think this pitch is on the slower side.
How much confidence does beating the defending champions in their own backyard give you?
It’s a huge confidence booster for the boys. We always take one game at a time and that’s what we are focused on. We are moving to Bangalore for the next game, and this victory has given the boys a confidence and an energy boost.
Out of KXIP’s four victories, three have come in away games and only has been at home. Isn’t that different from the norm?
We haven’t played well at home this year and we have few more games at home. Hopefully, we can win them.
With nine games down and seven more to go, what’s the road ahead like for KXIP?
Like I have said, we just take one game at a time and its crunch time towards the end of the competition. Every game is vital from here, so we will take one game at a time and move forward from there.