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prajakta pawar in New Delhi 29 April 2012 - 10:25pm IST

We could have done better: Chavan

RR spinner says his team is now looking forward to their return leg against DD

After losing by one run to the Delhi Daredevils at the Feroz Shah Kotla, the Rajasthan Royals will be keen to redeem themselves at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium on May 1.

One of the less-fancied teams in the tournament, the Royals had done better than most teams to restrict the power packed Daredevils to 152. The visitors were within sniffing distance of a victory thanks to an unbeaten 84 by Ajinkya Rahane, when a brilliant penultimate over by Morne Morkel turned the game on its head.

After the heartbreaking defeat, Royals’ left-arm spinner, Ankeet Chavan spoke to iplt20.com about his team’s bowling and the path ahead.

Excerpts:

On yet another last-over finish


Yes, it went really badly for us today. We could have done better. The second last over [bowled by Morne Morkel in which he conceded only three runs and claimed a wicket] probably changed the game.

On the RR doing better than most teams by restricting the DD batting line-up to 152


The plan was to execute well what we had planned, and to a great extent we could do that. And [we wanted to] try to bowl more dot balls that would bring them under pressure.

On claiming Kevin Pietersen’s wicket


The plan basically was to bowl your best ball and not give him [Pietersen] the ball on his area to hit.

On how RR have worked on bowling in death overs, which was good today, except for the last over that conceded 20 runs

We have worked on the mistakes that we had committed earlier. We planned to mix the pace and bowl a few more yorkers, which I think worked
On Ajinkya Rahane’s innings and him getting the Orange Cap back after losing it to Virender Sehwag earlier in the match
It is a good feeling that the Orange Cap is with him. He deserves it, but it would have been better if we would have won the game also.

On whether they could have done anything differently


Not really. The second last over was bowled really well [by Morne Morkel] and that’s what changed the game.

On playing back-to-back games against Delhi Daredevils


Every game is different. We can’t really predict what can happen. So we [are] just looking forward to taking the positives from this game and go ahead in the next game.

On what skipper Rahul Dravid say to the team after this game

Nothing really. [...] This is past, let’s focus on the next game.

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