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DC fielding coach says team needs a win to get up and running
By IPL Staff
Kolkata 23 April 2012
Deccan Chargers will have yet another opportunity to get some points on the board in IPL 2012 when they go head-to-head against the Kolkata Knight Riders for the second time in three days at the Eden Gardens on April 24. Although the team has lost all their matches in the competition so far, fielding coach Trevor Penney stressed on the fact that the Chargers had played good cricket in the last four of their five losses. Penney believed the Chargers could still make it to the playoffs once they get some momentum in their favour. Excerpts from Penney’s pre-match interaction with the media.
On what had gone wrong for DC
I think in the last four matches we’ve played good cricket. It’s just that at the big moments we’ve made a mistake either with the bat, the ball or in the field, whether it be a poor over, a dropped catch or not taking on the right bowler at the right time. We feel we’ve played really good cricket in the last four games; the first game we didn’t play that well, fair enough. But the team is still very confident. We’ve had four last-over losses. That’s been [very dispiriting] for the team because we’ve been so close to winning the games. But we still have 11 games and in T20 [the situation] can just turn [around]. On whether DC could still finish in the top four teams
I think we need eight wins and we have 11 games left. Anything is possible. In my first year with Kings XI [Punjab], I think we won 10 games out of 11 after losing the first few. So it’s possible. In T20 when you get on a run, you can definitely do it. As I said, we’ve played good cricket. 95 percent we’ve played well and then five percent we’ve let ourselves down.
On what went wrong in the game against KKR
Maybe we could have scored 15-20 more runs. The last six overs we didn’t capitalise like maybe we could have. But then the wicket was pretty slow and a little bit two-paced. We felt we could defend that score  and we were doing well. We made a mistake in the field in the end. It would have been 16 runs off 12 balls with a new batsman coming in. Those little things, that is what I am talking about; the odd [mistake] here and there is costing us games. On whether the Chargers’ losses are partly to be blamed on changing venues, even when it comes to home games
It’s hard to say. I don’t think so. A lot of the teams are [composed] from different parts of the world anyway, so I don’t feel it’s a definite home ground [advantage]. And if you look at the results, teams aren’t winning at home anyway.
On whether he has had a look at the Eden Gardens wicket
Yes, I’ve just had a look now; it looks like a typical Kolkata wicket. It’s normally pretty nice to bat early on, not much grass. It could be pretty low and slow.
On how the coaching staff was keeping the younger and inexperienced players in the side motivated during this low phase
Just by keeping them confident, saying that we are playing well [and] not talking about the negatives. Obviously, practicing hard, that is the most important thing. If someone is weak in an area, we are practicing hard there so that they can improve whether it is a catching difficulty or a six-hitting problem. That’s easy; the practicing side of things is going really well. When you finish practice, you know you are going to perform the next day. That way we are keeping them up. Darren [Lehmann] is a very positive coach; that’s all he is about. We just need to get our first win and we will be up and running.
Rajasthan Royals’ all-rounder says his team will be looking to carry forth their momentum
By IPL Staff
Jaipur 23 April 2012
After losing to the Chennai Super Kings in a last-ball finish at Chepauk the Rajasthan Royals return to their fortress to take on the Royal Challengers Bangalore. Holding a place in the top half of the IPL 2012 table, the hosts are yet to lose a game at home, and they will be keen to get back to their winning ways. Meanwhile, the visitors come into the match after beating Kings XI Punjab in their own backyard.
The home team returned to Jaipur earlier today, and had an optional practice session at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium during which the youngsters in the side practiced enthusiastically at the nets.
Ahead of their match, RR’s Staurt Binny spoke to the media about his team and their opponents, RCB.
Excerpts from the press-conference:
On the advice he received while bowling the last ball against the Chennai Super Kings
We did not discuss it much. We had gone through it before with my strengths and what I could bowl in that situation. I am a bowler, who will normally bowl in the middle, but last night was something a bit different [for] me. But I struck to my strengths, and the decision that we made was, to try and push the over till the end and not try to give a boundary early on.
On whether the team composition was not right against CSK
No, I don’t think so. I think it was a [good] combination that we had; [good] enough on that wicket that seemed to be not too much in favour of quick bowlers or spinners, because it didn’t do much. The wicket played a bit slow, so I think the combination was good.
On whether RR’s batting is heavily dependent on Ajinkya Rahane and Owais Shah
I wouldn’t say we are heavily dependant on them, but they are the guys, who are getting us the runs at the moment and players like [Brad] Hodge haven’t been a huge hit as of now. Our batting is really strong in the middle. Even in a game like yesterday, a player like Hodge only came in towards the end. So that shows that our batting is pretty strong up the order. And with guys like Owais and Hodge in the middle, we can really push the batting, especially if we get off to a decent start. [Even if] we lose two wickets in the 12th over, we have lot of batting that can push us to 180-190 runs.
On why the team has not been able to enjoy the kind of success in away games that they have in home games every season
I don’t think there is any pressure about playing outside, but I guess it just happens that way it does. [....] We haven’t lost badly outside; they have been close games. So there isn’t anything like of fear of playing away. We just have to get better [used to] the conditions. It’s a lot different than Jaipur and the quicker we do that [adjust to away conditions], we will start winning outside. On whether their earlier win against RCB give them a psychological advantage and whether the mood in the team is tense after yesterday’s defeat
Since we have beaten them [RCB] already in Bangalore, it’s a huge thing to beat a team away. I think at the moment, everyone is pretty relaxed. Some of the guys are practicing. The mood in the team is good. The main thing for us is to concentrate on tomorrow’s game and look to win. It is very crucial that we keep on winning. The losses have happened in a close game, so I don’t think we are affected by it. We are just going to go out there and win tomorrow.
On whether they have a strategy for Chris Gayle
Yes, we have spoken about strategies, but I can’t discuss them here. [...]