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
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.