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Prajakta Pawar in Mohali 06 May 2012 - 01:30am IST

Win gives us momentum: Tait

RR pacer says his team can try to make playoffs on back of thumping victory over KXIP

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.

Excerpts:


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.

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