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With four wickets down and 100 runs to get, Naman Ojha helped the Delhi Daredevils wrest the initiative back with a crucial 58-run partnership for the fifth wicket with Mahela Jayawardene. The wicketkeeper-batsman played a mature innings to keep the home team in the hunt with a 29-ball 34 (3x4; 2x6).
In a brief chat with iplt20.com, Naman Ojha spoke about the team effort that helped his side beat Kings XI Punjab at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium. Excerpts from his chat: On his team winning and their position in the points table
We are now safe but we are not complacent. The next game is also important for us. Day after tomorrow, we play against RCB, which is a very good team. We will try to play well against that team [as well]. On the Feroz Shah Kotla wicket
Wicket was pretty nice and the ball was coming on nicely to the bat. Our bowlers did a very good job to restrict them to 136 runs.
On whether the loss of four early wickets put DD under pressure in their run-chase
With three or four wickets down, and you coming in to bat, there is definitely a little pressure. But I thought that I will play my game and I will back myself [to do well] and I have done that. On striking good form and being amongst runs
I am definitely feeling better [about my batting].
On the atmosphere in the dugout when the match was still poised evenly around the 17th over
Mahely [Mahela Jayawardene] was still out there, so we thought he is a senior player and very experienced pro and we knew that he is going to bring us home. So we were sure about that. On Mahela Jayawardene’s innings
He played wonderfully; he is a very experienced player.
On the useful contributions by him and Irfan Pathan
It is a small contribution, but we are very happy that we have contributed to the team’s victory. On their next game against RCB
Now, we will first enjoy this win and tomorrow and day-after we will sit and discuss [about the next match].
1 Delhi Daredevils became the first team to qualify for the playoffs. 12 Number of dismissals by Naman Ojha – the most by any wicketkeeper in IPL 2012. He overtook of Nitin Saini, who has a tally of 11 dismissals.
14 Number of run-outs effected by the Delhi Daredevils in IPL2012 – the most by any side. 22 Number of maidens bowled in IPL 2012. Only two of them have been bowled by spinners, with Piyush Chawla following Sunil Narine.
45 Runs added by Mahela Jayawardene and Irfan Pathan – the highest sixth wicket partnership for the Delhi Daredevils against Kings XI Punjab.
50 Virender Sehwag was playing his 50th match as captain in the IPL. He became the fifth player, after MS Dhoni (74), Adam Gilchrist (59), Shane Warne (55) and Sachin Tendulkar (51), to make 50 appearances as captain.
73 Number of wickets taken by Piyush Chawla in the IPL – second most by any bowler. He went ahead of RP Singh’s tally of 72 wickets. Now only Lasith Malinga has taken more wickets (81) than Chawla. 78 Number of sixes conceded by Piyush Chawla in the IPL – the most by any bowler. 18 of them have been conceded in IPL 2012 – second most after Munaf Patel (19).