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1410 Number of days after which Debabrata Das was playing an IPL match. He had last appeared for Kolkata Knight Riders against Kings XI Punjab at Mohali on May 25, 2008.
250 This was the 250th match in IPL history (excluding matches abandoned without a ball being bowled).
210 Irfan Pathan’s strike-rate with the bat (42* off 20 balls). He thus became only the second Delhi Daredevils batsman – after Virender Sehwag – to achieve a strike-rate of 200-plus in an innings of 20 balls or more. Incidentally, Sehwag has done so on five occasions.
31 Number of defeats for Kolkata Knight Riders in the IPL – the same as those suffered by Royal Challengers Bangalore. Only Deccan Chargers have lost more matches (35) in IPL.
8 Number of reduced-over matches in the IPL. The side batting second has won six of them.
2 Number of golden ducks recorded by Manoj Tiwary in the IPL. He had earlier been dismissed for a first-ball duck against Deccan Chargers at Navi Mumbai in 2010 (caught by Rohit Sharma off Chaminda Vaas).
2 Number of Man-of-the-Match awards won by Irfan Pathan in IPL. His only other award had also come against Kolkata Knight Riders (for Kings XI Punjab) at Mohali in 2008.
1 Delhi Daredevils registered their first win over Kolkata Knight Riders at Kolkata in three attempts.
Iplt20.com caught up with van der Merwe immediately after the match for an exclusive chat.
Did the toss play a big factor today?
I won’t say it played a big factor. We decided to bowl first and we struck early on. We got three wickets very quickly, which put the opposition on the back foot. If you lose momentum with wickets, it is hard to recover.
Was it a deliberate plan to have four different bowlers up front or did Virender Sehwag play it according to the situation?
I think Viru [Sehwag] played it on feeling. He is that type of captain – when something feels right, he calls on you. He just tells us [to] be ready to bowl, and when something is happening, he’ll call on you to bowl. He thinks about it and just acts on it. Was there much turn in the wicket?
There was not much turn. It was a shiny deck; the ball skidded on a bit. The seam was getting wet, it was hard to grip and so it was hard to turn the ball tonight. Was the absence of a majority of the international players a motivating factor for the lesser known faces to perform well?
Definitely. When you have got big players like them in the side, you know that you won’t be getting a lot of game time, and when you get a chance you want to show what you are about. As a squad, we just want to win games. So, whoever plays, we support that. Your side fielded pretty well. Is that an area you have conscientiously focused on this season?
Definitely. Fielding in pro T20 cricket wins games or loses games even though you don’t bat or bowl with it. It’s a deciding factor. A great catch or a good run-out puts pressure on the batting side. Fielding is a big factor. Which one are you gunning for – the Purple Cap or the Orange Cap?