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TheRoyals Challengers Bangalore had the match in their grasp when they got three top-orderMumbai Indians wickets with very little on the board. However, as the innings wore on, the bowling started to struggle and eventually the pressure got the better of them. They lost the thrilling match by five wickets.
After being inserted to bat by Harbhajan Singh, RCB got off to an equally disastrous start, losing Chris Gayle and Virat Kohli early. Even as the MI bowlers maintained their stranglehold, a couple of good partnerships took the hosts to a formidable total of 171. The biggest contribution came from young Mayank Agarwal, who has played some eye-catching cameos right through the tournament. With his side in distress, Agarwal stood up and scored 64 off 30 balls, coming in at No.6. He stitched a 46-run partnership with Tillakaratne Dilshan as RCB made amends for the bad start.
After the lost the match, Agarwal was dejected and heartbroken. He, however, was kind enough to speak to iplt20.com about where the team went wrong and put on a brave face in defeat.
What went wrong in the last few overs?
I think they played good cricketing shots and they were lucky as well. Many outside edges went for fours and the aerial shots fell in no man’s land. How did the conditions change through the span of the match?
I think the wicket just got better for batting and the new ball was doing a lot. For us Zaheer [Khan] and Vinay [Kumar] bowled extremely well with the new ball. Later on, it got easier to bat on as there was due also and the ball was coming on straight on to the bat.
Personally, are you happy to convert your start into a big score today?
I’m happy with my batting, but would have been a bit sweeter if we would have won. It’s a part of the learning process. I would like to keep myself in a good form. Where do you like to bat?
I have said it before; I will bat wherever the team requires me to bat. You just have to adapt to the different situations and I like batting in both positions – in the top order as well as lower down.
This loss has put a huge pressure on the team now, with a tough away game against the Delhi Daredevils coming up.
It’s just playing good cricket on that particular day. We have lost a close game and it depends how we react to this. We have to look up to the next game and come back fighting rather than feeling sad about this game.
96 The 96-run partnership for the third wicket between Shikhar Dhawan and Cameron White is a new record for this wicket against Kings XI Punjab, surpassing the previous best of 66 runs between T Suman and Rohit Sharma at Dharmasala in 2010.
85 Runs scored by Kings XI Punjab in the last six overs – the most they have ever scored in the last six overs to win a game.
6 Number of times chasing sides have registered a win off the last ball of the match in IPL 2012. This was the second instance that Deccan Chargers were at the receiving end. They also lost to Mumbai Indians off the last ball on April 9.
5 Number of players to score five fifties in IPL 2012. Shikhar Dhawan and Cameron White joined Chris Gale (7), Virender Sehwag (5) and Gautam Gambhir (5) in achieving this feat. 3 Dhawan, on 33, completed 500 runs in IPL 2012, thus becoming only the third batsman after Chris Gayle and Ajinkya Rahane to do so.