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Prajakta Pawar in Mohali 06 May 2012 - 02:05am IST

We need to regroup: Harris

KXIP pacer disappointed to end up on losing side despite getting a four-for

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.

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