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All-rounder says RR will look to finish the competition on a high note
By Akshay Manwani
Hyderabad 19 May 2012
The Rajasthan Royals looked a disappointed lot after their game against Deccan Chargers. Needing a win to keep their playoff chances alive, the Royals crashed to a five-wicket win against the hosts. It was the batting that let the Royals down as they could manage only 126 runs on a wicket where just over a week ago David Warner of the Delhi Daredevils had scored an unbeaten 109.
iplt20.com caught up with RR all-rounder, Johan Botha, for a quick chat to gauge the mood in the RR camp following the defeat and the positives for the Rajasthan franchise in IPL 2012. You must be disappointed with the result because you were in a position to qualify for the playoffs?
Yes, it’s obviously disappointing. We came here with high hopes, the guys prepared well, but sometimes it just doesn’t go for you on the day. Unfortunately, that does it for us for IPL 5.
What went wrong with your batting today, because their openers seemed to be doing well on the same wicket?
I think they bowled pretty well. In the first six overs, we didn’t find the gaps, which happens. Our top order – Rahul [Dravid], Watto [Shane Watson] and Jinks [Ajinkya Rahane] – have played brilliantly throughout the tournament. It was just one of those days where they hit a few shots but couldn’t find the gaps.
Did the wicket change much in the second innings?
I don’t think so. It probably got a bit quicker, if anything. The ball looked to skid on a little bit more at the end. Like you said, their first six overs [while batting] probably got them through. Can you tell us some of the positives for RR from this tournament?
I think, just top of my head, our opening partnerships have been brilliant. Rahul and Jinks have given us great starts all the way through. Our bowling unit – we still haven’t lost a game when we got more than 160. That’s credit to the guys. I still think that we’ve got the best team spirit in the tournament and that’s what takes us through tight games. Unfortunately, tonight was just not our game.
Talking about your own form – you had a decent run with your bowling, but could you have done better with the bat.
I think batting-wise, it’s always about the chances you get. A few balls at the end of the innings, is not a fair reflection on averages and strike-rates. But bowling-wise, I’ve been pretty happy with the last seven or eight matches. The first two or three [matches] probably didn’t start the way I wanted to, but I’ve been happy with the way I’ve bowled in the second half of the tournament.
You play your last game at home against the Mumbai Indians. Surely, RR will want to finish on a high?
Always. That’s what we stand for as a team. We are proud of our performances. We certainly are not going to give Mumbai an easy win. We want to finish with eight wins in this tournament and go out on a high.
Debutant says bowlers set up the win for Deccan Chargers
By Akshay Manwani
Hyderabad 19 May 2012
Chris Lynn, the 22-year-old from Australia, is a happy man today. Not only did Lynn get to make his IPL debut against the Rajasthan Royals, but his team, the Deccan Chargers, were able to pull off just their third win of IPL 2012 today. In doing so, the Chargers also managed to bring to an end to RR’s playoff aspirations as theRahul Dravid-led franchise needed a win to stay alive in the competition. Lynn spoke to iplt20.com following his team’s victory.
It must be feeling good to get a win after a long time?
Yes. It was a long time coming. We’ve played really good cricket in the last few weeks. It’s just one or two moments in the game where we haven’t executed and that has cost us games. That sums up our season.
Would it be fair to say that your bowlers set up the win for you today?
Yes, they did. They bowled really well. Dale [Steyn] bowled really well up front, and then, Amit Mishra came in and took a couple of key wickets, which we really needed. It was your IPL debut today. How was the experience?
I was really nervous, to tell you the truth. You try and prepare for it like you are playing every game. It was good to have a run around with the boys, but more importantly, it’s good to have a win.
How was it facing Shaun Tait on a slower Indian track, like the wicket here, compared to Australian tracks?
Actually, it was the first time I ever faced him. He bowls a heavy ball, but that’s cricket. You’ve got to face fast bowlers around the world otherwise you are not going to play international cricket and that’s what I am trying to do.
How much did you learn from your interaction with the cricketers from various countries who represent the Chargers?
I’ve been learning every day. It’s not just about cricket. It’s off the field as well – how professional they are. It’s been a great opportunity for me to learn from them, and hopefully, I can come out a better cricketer and a better person. You ruined RR’s chances of making it to the playoffs. You think you can do the same to the Royal Challengers Bangalore in your final game on Sunday?
We’re just trying to play the best cricket we can. Obviously, the opportunity is going to come up next year and players are looking to perform. But in saying that, we’re going to play as a team. If we can win, we can win. It’s a game and we are just trying to enjoy it.