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Wicketkeeper-batsman credits Morne Morkel for knocking over KKR top order
By Akshay Manwani
Kolkata 06 April 2012
Kolkata Knight Riders disappointed a packed Eden Gardens crowd, who patiently weathered a 150-minute rain delay, by stumbling to an eight-wicket defeat against the Delhi Daredevils. On a wicket that proved to be good for batting by the end of the game, the KKR batsman were completely outplayed by the DD bowlers as the home team was restricted to 97 for nine in 12 overs.
Brendon McCullum, who opened the batting for KKR in the game, spoke of the team’s mediocre performance in an exclusive interview with iplt20.com. Did the rain affect your game plan?
I don’t think so. Morne [Morkel] bowled incredibly well to knock out the top order. Sometimes in the shorter version [of the] game, some class bowlers can shine through. We were not quite good enough today, so we are going to try to get the rustiness out of the way and get ourselves ready for the next game.
Tell us something about the wicket. When you were batting it looked like the wicket was doing a lot, but the way Aaron Finch and Irfan Pathan batted it looked a pretty steady wicket to bat on.
I think we were always behind. Some of our young Indian players played really well to get us to a score, which made them work hard. The way their quality players at the top of the order came out and played, 90-odd was never going to be enough. Tell us something about Debabrata Das in particular?
I thought he struck the ball really well today. It’s exciting for us to have such a quality Indian player down in the middle order there. It bodes well for the coming games. We just have to keep believing, keep the side strong, keep trying to get better, and hopefully, we’ll play better in the next few games. Are you enjoying getting back to Kolkata?
Yes, it feels great to be back. It’s a great bunch of guys, wonderful owners and you don’t get to play at too many grounds like Eden Gardens. With the fan base here, they’re fanatical. It’s great to be back.
Any personal milestone you have set for yourself in this tournament?
I want to contribute as much as I can and try to be consistent with the bat. Didn’t work out today; but still maintain my aggressiveness, try and gain some consistency and make as many contributions to the team as I can. That’s all I’m trying to do, and hopefully, that’ll go a long way in helping our team win games.
112 Chennai Super Kings’ total was their lowest all-out score at the home ground (Chennai). In fact, this was the first time CSK were bowled out at Chennai.
100 Percent – Harbhajan’s win record with the toss; four out of four. However, this was his first win as captain in the IPL.
84 Percent of Levi’s runs came in boundaries alone – six fours and three sixes. Only two batsmen have managed a better boundary percentage in an innings of 50 or more – Sanath Jayasuriya for Mumbai Indians (89.47%, 102 out of 114* at Wankhede in 2008) and Sunny Sohal for Deccan Chargers (85.71%, 48 of 56 at Chennai in 2011).
3 Number of batsmen who got run out in Chennai Super Kings’ innings. This was only the second instance where CSK lost three wickets to run outs. The only other such instance was against Delhi Daredevils at Durban in 2009.
2 Richard Levi became the second Mumbai Indian batsman to score a fifty on IPL debut after Ambati Rayudu who made 55 v Rajasthan Royals at Mumbai Braborune in 2010.
2 Number of times Sachin Tendulkar has retired hurt in an IPL game. Interestingly, the only other such instance was also against Chennai Super Kings at Chennai in 2010. Tendulkar came back to resume his innings on that occasion, though.