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After DC went down by five wickets, iplt20.com caught up with their opening batsman Dan Harris, who scored a fine 47 (off 41 balls) to take his team to 181. The Australian was glad to score some runs, but rued the fact that he couldn’t score his runs at a fair clip, which would have added crucial 20 runs to the total.
Time is running out for you guys.
This was a disappointing night for us. 180 was a par score and we did everything right until we saw havoc from AB de Villiers. We are disappointed that we lost, but RCB played great cricket to chase down that target.
How hard is it to motivate players when you know it’s very difficult to make it to the playoffs even if you win all the matches?
I don’t think it’s difficult to motivate us because we want to play our best cricket. We know if we play our best cricket, we will climb up the table. We are not thinking about the playoffs now; we just want to go there and play our best cricket and put a good show. And hopefully, we can do this against KXIP on Tuesday.
Are you happy with your batting form?
I have been sitting out in a few games, and it’s good to get some runs. It was good to get a partnership with Shikhar [Dhawan], who has been playing really well. We could have got to a better score but Murali [Muttiah Muralitharan] bowled a couple of good overs and slowed us down. I think 200 would have been really difficult to chase.
Are you disappointed about not getting few more games under your belt as you look in a great touch with the bat?
You always want to play and it is disappointing to not get a chance. But honestly, we have got some fantastic players and it’s difficult to get picked before the likes of [Dale] Steyn, [Kumar] Sangakkara, [Daniel] Christian and [Cameron] White. The management tries to pick the best combination for each wicket and every opposition. Something about you that not many people know of is that you are a qualified doctor. What do you specialize in?
I haven’t chosen my field of specialization yet. I completed my studies and did my internship. After the cricket, I’ll go back to it and take a call. How did cricket come about when you were busy studying medicine?
We’ve got a really good system in Australia that you play club cricket and you get picked from the club cricket to play for South Australia. For six years in the university, I was playing club cricket and doing okay in an odd state game. During my intern year, I had a bit more time to devote to my cricket. And in the last four years, I have played some good state cricket. It’s a great experience to play in the CLT20 last year and now the IPL. I am having a great time playing cricket and when I am not playing cricket I will get back to medicine.
You must have heard a lot about the IPL from fellow Australians. Has the experience been similar to what you had thought?
I would have liked to win a few more games; it is disappointing that we are sitting last on the table. We all are working hard and trying to turn things around. The guys have been really good and the coaching staff has been really supportive and urging us to play better cricket. It’s a fantastic experience and one I will never forget.
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.