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PWI all-rounder says the support Ganguly got from Kolkata crowd was amazing
By Akshay Manwani
Kolkata 06 May 2012
After a dramatic buildup to Sourav Ganguly’s return to the Eden Gardens as captain of the Pune Warriors India, the much-anticipated clash between the visitors and the Kolkata Knight Riders lived up to its billing. The game fluctuated dramatically on more than a couple of occasions with both teams looking good to pull off a win. In the end though, after Ganguly fell having made a determined 35-ball 36 – which included a 73-run stand with Angelo Mathews for the sixth wicket – KKR managed to edge home with a seven-run victory.
Iplt20.com caught up with Angelo Mathews at the end of the game to hear his views on how the game played out and where do PWI go from here. Was Sourav Ganguly’s dismissal the turning point in the game?
He was batting extremely well at that time. Losing Sourav Ganguly added a bit more pressure, but we had to go at that time. It was unfortunate.
You started off slowly but then picked up towards the end?
It wasn’t one of those wickets where you could walk in and smash it. You needed some time in there, try and get set and then try and hit.
PWI has now lost their last three matches by narrow margins. What is going wrong?
Exactly. We’ve been getting extremely close to the line, but we haven’t been able to finish off well. It’s hard to say what exactly is the reason. We need to pull our socks up in the next few games because it is a do-or-die situation now.
Did the wicket change much between the two innings?
It got a bit slower actually. And then, as the ball older, it started gripping. It wasn’t easy to smash it from ball one. You had a good all-round game today. Are you happy with your performance overall in the IPL?
Well, yes. It’s a bit unfortunate to sit on the sidelines. But then in the IPL only four overseas players can play in a team, and the combination is bigger than any one individual. So we have to go with that and do the maximum when we get the opportunity.
What did you make of the crowd?
It was just like we played in Pune. The amount of support Dada had was amazing.
You have four games left in the tournament, three of which are at home. Do you still fancy your chances of making it to the playoffs?
It’s just a do-or-die situation for us now. We have to win four out of four now. We aren’t thinking of winning all four games. We will just look to enjoy and the result will take care of itself.
KKR all-rounder says it was a challenge to play in front of packed Eden Gardens
By Akshay Manwani
Kolkata 06 May 2012
After conceding as many as 36 runs in his first game for the Kolkata Knight Rideres, Marchant de Lange had to sit on the sidelines. The tall South African all-rounder could only watch as his team eventually hit the winning road and strung together a series of impressive victories. His side registered a seven-run win against the Pune Warriors India tonight, which put them in the second spot in the 2012 IPL standings. de Lange, who made his return to the KKR playing XI today in place of Brett Lee and picked up three wickets, played a crucial role in setting up the win at the Eden Gardens.
iplt20.com caught up with de Lange at the end of the match to find out how the all-rounder felt to make his way back into the playing XI for such a high-profile encounter.
This was just your second game of the tournament, but you seemed to be in perfect rhythm?
It went well. I really enjoyed it. It was quite a challenge. I must tell you, it was a great atmosphere.
Speaking of the atmosphere, were you surprised by the crowd supporting PWI?
I think it was one man [Sourav Ganguly] they supported, but the rest of the support was for KKR. It was awesome. Bit of pressure, but I enjoyed it.
What was the talk in the changing room after you had stumbled from 98 for no loss in 10 overs to 150 for five at the end of 20 overs?
Just sticking to the basics. Taking it ball-by-ball. Dot balls were crucial, so that was the focus.
Would this game also reinforce the notion that bowling is KKR’s bigger strength?
I won’t actually say that. I think it is an overall performance, both with the bat and ball. I think we have got a great team, a great vibe. There are a lot of up and coming guys. They fill up the shoes.
You got to play today after a long break. How has the KKR staff supported you in this period?
It’s been awesome. I was enjoying it. I was training a lot, just doing the basics. There was really a lot of support from the guys and I was taking it game-by-game.
You have five league games left. Another couple of wins should see you through to the playoffs. Will KKR look to experiment in these remaining matches?
I think we’ll go game-by-game. We can’t say [that we’ll make it to the playoffs]. There are still five games left, so we’ll see how it goes.