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RCB batsman says great team effort led to victory over DC
By Shirin Sadikot
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 iplt20.com 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.
Smith begins on high note; Tendulkar, Sharma put up record stand
By Rajneesh Gupta
Mumbai 07 May 2012
126 Runs added by Sachin Tendulkar and Rohit Sharma for the second wicket – the highest second wicket partnership for the Mumbai Indians against any side. It is also the highest second wicket partnership against the Chennai Super Kings for any side in the IPL.
32 Balls taken by Sachin Tendulkar to reach his fifty – his second-fastest fifty in the IPL after the 23-ball fifty against Delhi Daredevils in IPL 2010.
14 Runs scored off the last three balls of the match by Dwayne Smith (6, 4 and 4 off Ben Hilfenhaus) – most in IPL history. Mumbai Indians’ Rohit Sharma had also scored 14 runs off Deccan Chargers’ Dan Christian at Visakhapatnam on April 9, 2012. However, the Mumbai Indians needed 11 runs off last three balls in that match. 10 Number of times Lasith Malinga has inflicted golden ducks on opposition batsmen – the most by any bowler in the IPL. 7 Wickets lost by the Mumbai Indians while adding 25 runs to their total – from 134/1 to 159/8. This is Mumbai Indians’ worst seven-wicket collapse in the IPL. They had lost seven for 29 against Kings XI Punjab, also at the Wankhede Stadium, in IPL 2008. 5 Number of times chasing sides have won a match off the last ball in IPL 2012. This was the second such occasion for the Mumbai Indians, having done the same against the Deccan Chargers on April 9. 4 Number of ducks in Mumbai Indians’ innings – the most in an innings in IPL 2012.