We let ourselves down: Parnell

Pune Warriors India all-rounder says his team conceded 20 runs too many

By Akshay Manwani
Cuttack 01 May 2012
Pune Warriors India slumped to their sixth defeat of IPL 2012 when they lost by 13 runs to the Deccan Chargers at the Barabati Stadium here in Cuttack. The unfortunate thing for PWI was that after been asked to field first, their bowlers did a very good job to restrict DC to 110 in the first 15 overs. However, with Sourav Ganguly and Ashish Nehra giving away a combined 50 runs in the 18th and 19th overs respectively, the hosts managed to finish their innings with a flourish and post a mammoth score of 186. This proved a bit too much for the visitors in the final analysis. caught up with PWI all-rounder Wayne Parnell at the end of the match to get his views on the defeat and on whether PWI can still qualify for the playoffs.

You played well for most of the match, but probably lost the game when the 18th and 19th overs went for 50 runs cumulatively. Is that a fair assessment?

Yes, that is a fair statement. I think, even throughout the whole IPL, we have played good cricket for more than 80 percent of the match. It’s just that at the crucial stages we have let ourselves down, be it with the bat or with the ball. Those impact overs of 20 runs plus have hurt us really for the last couple of games. That’s something we have to look at if we want to go forward in this IPL.

Did you fancy your chances when Steve Smith was out there, particularly after the start Sourav Ganguly and Michael Clarke gave you?

Definitely. Playing in the Indian conditions where the wicket was really good and [with] the quick outfield, 180 was gettable. I think, fielding-wise we gave 20 too many. 160 would have been a better reflection of how we bowled. Throughout the 20 overs, we bowled really well. But like I said, those two overs of 20-plus [runs] really hurt us.

Why did Marlon Samuels come out to bat so late in the order?

I am not too sure as I am not too involved in the tactics. But with him being a power-hitter, he can either bat up the order or in that [No.] six-seven position. But now with Michael Clarke batting up the order, with him being a great rotator and a very good player, it gives Marlon more freedom at the back end, to just come in and hit the ball out of the park, which he does really well.

Speaking of Michael Clarke, he hit the ground running. What do you make of him?

This being his first game, he really made a massive impact. But he got out when he was looking very good. He was hitting good cricketing shots, and I think, he played really smart cricket.

You’ve played only two matches, but you have bowled well in your games. Are you happy that you have made the most of the opportunities that came your way?

There are always areas to improve, but I think I bowled well in the last game and even today. With the IPL you can play only four overseas players and it’s tricky for the selectors to pick the right guys for the right conditions. I think, today, they were spot-on as the wicket was keeping a little bit low, and that suited my bowling. Going forward, I can’t get too hard on myself if I am not picked as you can play only four overseas players.

You have four wins out of 10 matches. Four of your last six matches are at home. You could still qualify if you win five of your last six games. Do you think that is possible with all the home games?

Yeah, we have played really well at home. If we can win four out of six, that should put us in a very good position. The other thing is that we are playing teams higher than us on the [points] table. If we take points off them, that will benefit us more.
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