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Ben Hilfenhaus has been a part the Chennai Super Kings squad since the last season of the IPL. But the sturdy Australian fast bowler made his debut in the league against the Deccan Chargers at home in IPL 2012. With DC needing 20 off the last over, Hilfenhaus ensured his side got home by 10 runs in this match.
After the game, the pacer spoke to iplt20.com about coming in to bowl in a Twenty20 game straight after playing a Test series in the West Indies and his experience of playing in front of the doting Chennai crowd.
How was it playing your first IPL game?
It was good. The crowd was noisy and it’s good to come out with a win, which we really needed. We still need few more such performances. CSK has been struggling to come to terms with the wicket. How did you find it?
At the end of the day, it’s the same for both the teams. It’s a cricket wicket and you need to play the opposition in the day. And I think today we had a really solid performance and we really needed to win this.
How difficult is it for a bowler to come from Test cricket and play Twenty20 matches?
Obviously, it’s a different format, but it’s the same shape ball and you still got to execute your plans. What was going through your mind when you were defending 20 runs in the final over?
I just kept getting the ball where I was aiming to get them. I knew we had a chance to defend it. Do you think Cameron White’s wicket was the changing moment in the game?
I think we had an upper hand just before that, but the game is never over till it’s over. These games always come down to the last over, and I think that was a very important wicket for us. And after that, we got a little bit momentum as well.
It would have been fun watching you bowling to the in-form White in the final over.
Dan Christian is an Australian too and I know his game as well. Also, I prefer bowling to a batsman who’s just arrived at the crease.
120 Mumbai Indians’ total is the third lowest total successfully defended by a side in a 20-over IPL game. This is also the lowest ever total successfully defended in an IPL game on Indian soil. Chennai Super Kings (116/9) had beaten Kings XI Punjab (92/8) by 24 runs at Durban in 2009, while Kings XI Punjab (119/8) beat Mumbai Indians (116/7) by three runs, also at Durban in 2009. The previous lowest total successfully defended on Indian soil was Royal Challengers Bangalore’s 126/8 against Chennai Super Kings (112/8) in 2008.
12 Number of bowlers to bowl a maiden in IPL 2012. Ashok Dinda became the second bowler after Wayne Parnell to bowl a maiden over for the Pune Warriors India in IPL 2012.
8 Number of dismissals effected by Robin Uthappa – the most by any wicketkeeper in IPL 2012. He went ahead of Naman Ojha and Manvinder Singh Bisla’s tally of seven dismissals.
4 Number of run-outs in Mumbai Indians’ innings – the second such occasion in IPL 2012. Four players from Chennai Super Kings were run out against Delhi Daredevils on April 10.
4 Pune Warriors India suffered their fourth consecutive defeat. They became the third team to suffer this fate in IPL 2012 after Deccan Chargers (who lost their first five matches on the trot) and Rajasthan Royal (who have also lost their last four consecutive matches).
1 Mumbai Indians’ win by one run provided the second instance in IPL 2012, and fourth in IPL history, of a team winning a match by a solitary run. Delhi Daredevils had beaten Rajasthan Royals by an identical margin on April 29.