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Yogesh Nagar’s 20-ball 27 was as crucial to theDelhi Daredevil’s win over the Rajasthan Royalsas 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 iplt20.com 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].
336 Runs scored by Chris Gayle in IPL 2012 – the most by any batsman. He moved ahead of Rajasthan Royals’ Ajinkya Rahane’s tally of 332.
93 Gautam Gambhir made his highest score in the IPL, bettering his 86 for Delhi Daredevils, also against Royal Challengers Bangalore, in 2008.
His innings is the second highest for Kolkata Knight Riders after Brendon McCullum’s 158* in the very first IPL match (also against Royal Challengers Bangalore). 25 Number of sixes hit by Chris Gayle in IPL 2012 – the most by any batsman. He moved ahead of Delhi Daredevils’ Kevin Pietersen’s tally of 19 sixes.
4 Number of fifties scored by Chris Gayle in IPL 2012 – the highest individual tally so far. He had previously scored 68, 81 and 87.
3 Number of times AB de Villiers has been dismissed for a golden duck. Among the specialist batsmen, only Tillakaratne Dilshan has registered more golden ducks in the IPL (four).