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Prajakta Pawar in Jaipur 08 April 2012 - 10:29pm IST

Early wickets led to defeat: Tiwary

KKR batsman reflects on 22-run loss against RR

Manoj Tiwary fought a lone battle at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium as the Kolkata Knight Riders failed to breach the Rajasthan Royals’ fortress. The Bengal player scored 59 off 49 balls in the visitors’ unsuccessful chase of 165 after KKR fielded first upon winning the toss.

In a brief chat with iplt20.com Tiwary spoke about the game.

Excerpts:

On the target


We had to keep wickets in hand early on, but unfortunately too many wickets fell in the beginning, so it was difficult to get a partnership going. I tried to hang in there because wickets were falling at regular intervals at the other end. So it made our task much harder as well. We lost too many wickets up front.

On whether KKR had a plan for restricting RR to a certain total after asking them to bat first


No, nothing like that, but all teams will want to restrict the opposition to a minimum. They too have good batsmen in their team who have played well today. Brad Hodge played a very good innings in the middle. Until he came, we had a check on the flow of runs. But because of his knock, they could reach that total [of 164].

On the turning point of the match given that KKR bat deep


The turning point was that we lost wickets regularly from the beginning. If we hadn’t lost wickets, then we would have had partnership, we would have had wickets in hand. And if you have wickets in hand, then in the last five overs, you can even score 60 [odd runs]. If you don’t have wickets in hand, how will you chase? We couldn’t chase down the target because we lost wickets early.

On the wicket


The wicket is very good to bat on. Very few grounds have such good wickets to bat on. We have seen lot of grounds have slow wickets [....]. This was a placid wicket. We lost wickets so we couldn’t reach the target.

On whether they had a plan for Ajinkya Rahane or Rahul Dravid


We did have plans for everyone. Rahul bhai also got out and Ajinkya also got out, so the flow of runs was in check. But Brad Hodge played a good knock and then Owais Shah also played well at the end.

On plans to regroup

The plan is that we will sit together as unit and have a meeting and see where the faults are, and try and improve on those. It is important to win matches. So we hope to put up a good performance in Bangalore and win the game there.

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