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Pacer says Royal Challengers Bangalore know they are a good side
By IPL Staff
Mohali 19 April 2012
The Royal Challengers Bangalore have had a slow start to DLF IPL 2012. They have lost three out of their five games in the tournament and are currently placed second from the bottom in the points table. However, with a team that has as much individual talent as RCB does, a turnaround of fortunes can only be imminent. Pacer Dirk Nannes echoed the same sentiment ahead of RCB’s crucial clash against Kings XI Punjab on April 20 in Mohali
Excerpts from Nannes’ media interaction:
On Adam Gilchrist not being available for KXIP:
I guess it is a boost, but there’s normally pretty good replacements in their overseas players. I guess, on one side you can say it’s a positive for our team, but you can always replace players. The player [replaced] will not be as good, but it will still be a pretty good team that they put out on the park.
On RCB not performing consistently:
I don’t think there is any need to make wholesale changes. You look at the games we’ve lost, a couple of games have been really close and we’ve been on the wrong side of the result. That has been unfortunate. But we know that we are a very good side and that there is no need to panic. On bowling being RCB’s weakness, as was the case in the last game against Pune Warriors India:
At the end of that bowling performance, I thought we bowled pretty well. A lot of people don’t understand that bowling in Bengaluru is hard work. It’s a small ground; the wicket plays beautifully if you are a batsman. And I thought, when we walked off the field, it was pretty much a par performance. The only thing we could have done is bowled a few shorter balls. I don’t think there is much need to panic with our bowling line-up. We have started to improve.
On whether there will be any changes in the side for tomorrow’s game:
I have no idea.
On not having got a game in the tournament:
It’s a bit frustrating, but you have to come into this tournament with an air of patience. You realize that there are so many good players around; and of the internationals, like you said, only four can play, which means that the rest are sitting on the side and wondering when they are going to get a game. But the tournament is so long, you are going to get a game eventually. Injuries happen; changes are made. You come here, the team is going to be different from the team that plays in Chennai. Everybody is going to get a go. It is frustrating, but the level of training that we do, and the enjoyment that we have, it is a good team to be around. Everyone stays positive. I could be upset and angry at not getting a game, but that’s not what our team is about. As long as we start winning games, everyone is going to be happy about their position. It doesn’t matter if you are playing or not.
KP century guides Delhi Daredevils to five-wicket win over Deccan Chargers
By IPL desk
Mumbai 19 April 2012
A masterful century from Kevin Pietersen ensured that the Delhi Daredevils kept their winning run going. They registered a five-wicket win over the winless Deccan Chargers at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium.
Chasing 158 to win, the Daredevils lost opener Naman Ojha (1) in the very first over. 19-year-old Veer Pratap Singh got the better of the right-hander. DD skipper Virender Sehwag (7) was the next to go as he nicked one straight into first slip’s welcoming hands off a Dale Steyn delivery. The Chargers were rampant in the early overs, and it only got better for the winless visitors.
Mahela Jayawardene (6) couldn’t quite get his innings going as Daniel Christian got the Sri Lankan veteran to mistime one straight to Kumar Sangakkara at wide mid-off. Ross Taylor’s 13-run stint in the middle was abruptly halted by a direct hit from Shikhar Dhawan.
At 65 for four, the Daredevils were desperately searching for some inspiration. And it came in the form of Kevin Pietersen. The dashing right-hander was the lone man standing between victory and defeat for the Chargers; and Bharat Chipli was eventually made to rue dropping Pietersen on seven. The aggressive Englishman’s brilliant 103* along with Yogesh Nagar’s 23* ensured that the Daredevils won with five wickets in hand.
Earlier, Kumar Sangakkara’s luck with the coin continued as he won the toss and elected to bat. But unfortunately, the Sri Lankan’s good fortune didn’t extend to the game. The left-hander edged a Morne Morkel delivery straight up in the air to leave the Chargers on 10 for one in the third over. But fellow opener Shikhar Dhawan continued his good form with the bat to blunt the home side’s bowling attack. Parthiv Patel too exuded confidence as his quick fire 45 helped the Chargers grab the early advantage.
Dhawan’s (44) confidence got the better of him after he tried an audacious reverse sweep only to be caught plumb in front off a Shahbaz Nadeem delivery. The young left-arm spinner was at it again after he dismissed Parthiv, who found the fielder at deep square-leg. JP Duminy (4) couldn’t continue his good form as he eased one into the short mid-wicket fielder’s hands to give Nadeem his third wicket. The Daredevils slowly got back in the contest with those quick wickets and some good bowling from Morne Morkel. Bharat Chipli was the last man standing; his 17-ball 25* pushed the Chargers to a reasonable 157 for eight in 20 overs.