This was a crucial win: Dilshan

RCB batsman says great team effort led to victory over DC

Bengaluru 07 May 2012
With the league phase in its business end, IPL 2012 is getting tighter by the day. In the crammed points table, every win is like gold dust and defeat a vital blow. In this scenario, the Royal Challengers Bangalore will hold their home victory against the Deccan Chargers in high regard.

RCB’s strong batting line-up pulled all its weight to chase down a mammoth 182. The platform for the run-chase was set by Tillakaratne Dilshan with a fiery 71-run knock off 54 balls at the top of the order. After AB de Villiers stormed the hosts home with a 17-ball 47, Dilshan spoke to about the importance of this win and his own batting.
This was a very important win for you at this point in the tournament

We had to win this match as DC is at the bottom of the table. From here on, we have to win four-five matches. It was a great effort from the team and the way we batted was unbelievable.

How is it opening the batting with Gayle?

He is fantastic. I don’t have to take any chances batting with him. He can change the game in one over. It’s good to open the batting with him.

Today, however, he was still batting on 11 when you completed your half-century.

This is the way T20 goes. If I get a start, I should be get going and vice versa. Today, I got off to a start and he kept giving me the strike. We had a great partnership and it helped us win the game.

What was the reason behind fielding first today?

DC doesn’t have great spinners and we were aware about this. So we thought we could chase any total. It was a good wicket, so we planned to chase and it was a good decision by the captain and the management.

Don’t you think RCB’s bowling needs improvement?

That’s one area we have to keep an eye on and we have to take wickets in the early overs to put pressure on the opposition. Muttiah Muralitharan bowled really well today, but didn’t have enough luck to get wickets, and Vinay Kumar is injured.

Was it a bonus to win without captain Daniel Vettori?

Dan [Vettori] is a great captain and he gave an opportunity to Murali as they [DC] had three frontline left-handers. He stepped down so that the team could get a good combination. He was still behind the scenes and I am enjoying playing under him.
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