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    Jayawardene’s wicket was key: Negi

    DD spinner says Sri Lankan batsman’s dismissal was the turning point during KKR game

    Pune 23 May 2012
    Pawan Negi was the most economical of the Delhi Daredevils bowlers as they took on the Kolkata Knight Riders at the Subrata Roy Sahara Stadium. Selected over Shabaz Nadeem and Roelof van der Merwe, the left-arm spinner justified his inclusion by conceding only 18 runs in his four overs. He also claimed the key wicket of Brendon McCullum.

    After they lost the first playoffs to the Kolkata Knight Riders’, Negi spoke to iplt20.com about his role with the bat and the ball in the match.

    Excerpts from the brief interview:

    On the turning point of the match

    The turning point of the match, because of which we lost the game was when Mahela Jayawardene and Naman Ojha they got out. After that our run rate came down, and towards the end, we lost wickets in quick succession. The turning point was when Mahela Jayawardene got out.

    On Yusuf Pathan’s late onslaught

    Yes his late onslaught turned out to be expensive for us. In the last last five overs we gave away too many. [...]

    On what would have been a chaseable target here

    140 was a good total to chase. But we could have chased 163 also. We were playing well until we lost a couple of wickets in between [and the flow of runs] stopped otherwise we could have chased down the target.

    On whether the wicket was aiding spin

    Yes. The ball was turning on this wicket, so it was effective for the spinners.

    On whether there was pressure on him to perform since he was chosen over Shabaz Nadeem and Van der Merwe to play the match

    There was no pressure. I was told in advance that I will be playing so I was mentally prepared to play and perform.

    On whether there was any particular reason for playing with only one spinner while the opposition played with three on a spinner-friendly track

    No, there was no particular reason. We had good combination, so we were looking to carry it forward.

    On being promoted above Ross Taylor and Irfan Pathan in the batting

    I was supposed to go up and try and hit [a few runs] and if I could connect [and score runs] then it would have made a difference to the [required] run rate. I was sent up so that I could hit a few runs and bring the required run rate down.

    On whether he felt the pressure to perform on being sent up in the batting order

    Yes there was a little pressure to score runs.

    On whether they felt that they had chance when Ross Taylor was still in the middle

    Till Ross Taylor was there we had hope to score the runs because he is a good hitter of the ball and capable of changing the game [in team’s favour].

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