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“Outplayed” is the only way to describe Pune Warriors India’s loss to the Rajasthan Royals at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium today. First, their blowers took a beating at the hands of the rampaging Shane Watson, who was complemented by the diligent Ajinkya Rahane. Then, PWI were spun out of the match as Ajit Chandila left them clueless.
However, there were a few valiant efforts by PWI players to keep their team in the hunt. One such effort was by Angelo Mathews, who claimed a wicket and tried to put up a fight with a 19-ball 23. Excerpts from Mathews’ brief post-match interaction with iplt20.com:
What would you have liked to restrict them to? Do you think the target was chaseable?
[Would have liked to restrict them to] probably 160 [odd runs]. [...] They got about 10-15 runs more [...] We just couldn’t get a good start. If we had a good start in the first six overs, without falling [losing too many wickets], really strictly one or two wickets [less] at least [sic] we would have got a bit closer. Then in the end, it was a bit too much to expect from the lower order.
What could you have differently while bowling?
Shane Watson batted brilliantly. You just can’t do anything when he bats like that. He just hits the ball out of the park. It’s not easy [to restrict him]. The bowlers could have done better. But when Shane Watson bats like that, we couldn’t have done anything.
What positives do PWI take from this season?
The start of the season was very good for the Pune Warriors. Winning four out of seven matches [initially] was fantastic. But the latter part [wasn’t as great]. From the seventh match onwards, we were lacking. [...] Not easy to describe, but we played poor cricket.
The bowlers bowled pretty well in patches and the batsmen started off brilliantly. [...] We have been out of the tournament because of the last few games. Overall, the batsman had a good run and the bowlers have also done a pretty good job. How has the IPL panned out for you?
It was fantastic! The crowds are amazing. We lost six-seven games in a row, but the Pune crowd is always behind us, [so] it is amazing. What is it like to play under Sourav Ganguly?
He is fit and running. He is a very good captain. He is probably one of the best captains that India has produced ever, so it was a good experience playing under him.
3,022 Runs scored by Suresh Raina in the Twenty20 format – the most by an Indian batsman. He went past Rohit Sharma’s tally of 3,002 runs.
114 Runs scored by the Delhi Daredevils – their lowest total in IPL 2012.
91.48 Yogesh Nagar’s strike-rate in the match (43* off 47 balls) – second worst for a Delhi batsman in IPL in an innings of 40 balls or more. Tillakaratne Dilshan had managed a strike-rate of 80.49 (33 off 41 balls) against the Rajasthan Royals at Bloemfontein in IPL 2009.
28 Chennai Super Kings won the match with 28 balls to spare – second largest win by any side against the Delhi Daredevils in the IPL. The Kochi Tuskers Kerala had beaten DD with 30 balls to spare in IPL 2011. 7 Number of boundaries (four fours and three sixes) in Delhi Daredevils’ entire innings. The Chennai Super Kings managed these many boundaries in their first six overs itself!