Second last over was key: Nagar

Delhi Daredevils all-rounder credits Morkel’s over for turning today’s game

New Delhi 29 April 2012
Yogesh Nagar’s 20-ball 27 was as crucial to the Delhi Daredevil’s win over the Rajasthan Royals as Morne Morkel’s penultimate over in which he conceded just three runs and claimed a wicket.

With the top order in fantastic form, the DD all-rounder has had few outings in the middle. But today, he played a valiant knock to help his team put up a competitive total after Virender Sehwag set up a platform with his 63 off 39 balls. 22-year-old Nagar slammed two huge sixes and a four in the last over before returning to the dugout with a ball left in the innings.

After the thrilling win, he spoke to about his innings and lauded the efforts of Morkel and Umesh Yadav in the game.

Excerpts from his brief interview:

On the significance of his 27-run knock

It was a low-scoring game, so yes it was important. The runs that we added towards the end helped us win the game ultimately.

On what he was thinking as he was coming in to bat when the team needed a few hits

When you are a middle-order batsman most of the time you have to bat in a situations like today [when the team is in a tough spot], so my effort is always to give my best for the team.

On his sixes

I was only thinking of scoring as many runs as I can to add to the total since it was the last over.

On the wicket

It was a good wicket. It was a good batting wicket and it helped bowling as well.

On the target that they had in mind while opting to bat first

We had set ourselves a target of reaching 155-160 runs. The 153 that we made was a good score, and we knew that the game would be stretched to the very end and head for a tight finish, and we can win.

On the lesser-known RR bowling line-up that was able to restrict DD better than some of the other teams

They may not have big names, but they have a good attack. They have good medium-pacers and spinners. But we managed to get to a good total.

On whether Virender Sehwag’s wicket caused them to lose momentum

We had a good start, but we lost some wickets. But we recovered in the last few overs.

On Ross Taylor not batting the way he normally does

We have confidence in him and he will win us matches on his batting alone one of these days.

On the last over being given to Umesh Yadav with Ajinkya Rahane and Owais Shah at the crease

The second last over [bowled by Morkel] was important. If we conceded only two-three runs in it then, we would get to defend 12-13 runs in the last over. We had the confidence in Umesh that if he bowls two-three good deliveries, then we will win the game.

On playing back-to-back games against the Rajasthan Royals

It is a good thing for us, and we have won this contest, and hope to beat them in Jaipur too.

On continuing to be the table-toppers

Yes, but we have to continue and make it to the very end [finals].
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