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Playing in his first game in IPL 2012 for the Rajasthan Royals, pacer Shaun Tait bowled tight spells as the visitors beat Kings XI Punjab to climb to the fifth position in the points table. Back in the game after an injury lay-off, he conceded only 18 runs in his four overs and picked the wickets Nitin Saini and later, Ryan Harris.
In a brief interaction with iplt20.com, Tait reflected on the match and credited the victory to a team effort.
On the Shane Watson setting the pace early on and Brad Hodge’s late onslaught
Obviously, getting off to a good start, we did well. Watto [Watson] gave us a good platform and it went on from there and Hodgey’s [Hodge] finishing which he does best. It was backed up by some good bowling; so it is good effort by us.
On the importance of getting breakthroughs early in the KXIP innings
The most important thing about T20 cricket is getting early wickets for sure. Couple of early one’s there and the game is pretty much done. So with a big total to chase, if you are two or three down early on, [it] is pretty difficult. On getting back to playing
It was nice to have a run for sure. I didn’t expect too much out of myself [since] it is the first time I am playing in this tournament. I am happy with my effort; it came on nicely.
On the win coming at the right time in the tournament
I think so [it’s] built some momentum up now, and [we can] get over that period that we had back in last week or so and try and make the final four. On whether the presence of Watson and him in the team gives the team a boost
I think [it] strengthens the bowling. Me with my pace and him with his pace as well, its intimidating for opposition team. Watto’s batting was fantastic tonight as well.
On RR’s bowling attack
It was very good tonight. Everyone bowled very well. We were unlucky there with couple of dropped catches, but we bowled brilliantly; and good to see Johan Botha back in the team as well. On their fielding
We missed one or two there. Our fielding was terrible, but luckily we batted and bowled really well.
On whether the team has achieved a better balance now
It’s a difficult one [to answer]. On this wicket, I suppose it helps the bowlers there is a little bit of for seamers so we changed the team and added a bit of pace. On needing to win the next few games
Yes, we need to win. Going into the finals, hopefully, if we do get there, we need to have some momentum. So we need to win in Pune – [the] next game – as well.
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.