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Playing in only his second match for Kings XI Punjab in IPL2012, Ryan Harris claimed his first four-for in the shortest format of the game here today. Coming into the team after playing for his country in the longest format of the game, the pacer is hoping to help his team make their mark in Twenty20 cricket. With very little separating the teams the in the points table, KXIP still have a chance to make it to the final four despite their loss to the Rajasthan Royals today.
Speaking to iplt20.com after the match, Harris discussed his bowling and the game, in general.
Excerpts: On his effort during his first four-for in Twenty20
It is disappointing, to be honest. It is always nice to get wickets, but the way we played tonight wasn’t really nice. [...] It’s always nice to get wickets, but it’s pretty disappointing the way we played. On whether Shane Watson’s cameo took the game away from them
They batted really well early on; especially [Shane] Watson and Rahul Dravid batted very well. And our bowling wasn’t very good. We gave too many balls to hit and give the opportunity to hit the ball to the fence. So it’s obviously a fault on our part as well, which we have got to work on, which we were pretty good [at] in Bangalore. [...] They [RR] played very well and set up a big target and we couldn’t get anywhere near it.
On whether losing early wickets cost them
Losing early wicket in this game [Twenty20 matches] is very hard [on the team]. It puts a lot of pressure on the lower order. The batsmen have to score runs and the lower order can finish off games if they need to. If the top order can score runs like what they did [it would be helpful]. Their top order scored runs and that’s what we lacked tonight. And now, we have to get over this quickly and prepare for the next game.
On the road ahead in the tournament
We just need to regroup. We have about five games left and need to win four to make sure we are on the mark. We need to play well for the rest of the competition. We have a good group and the feeling is good. I have just come in and seen how the group’s getting on and we have played some really good cricket. Unfortunately, we lost tonight and played some bad cricket, which we want to forget about.
On adjusting to playing Twenty20 matches immediately after playing a Test series
It’s tough to be honest. [...] it is totally different game. I haven’t had time to come in and practice my death bowling. [That is] something I will be doing over the next few days. But I have to get back to bowling my best and taking more and more wickets and obviously helping the team to win games.
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.