It was like playing in Pune: Mathews

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. 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.
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