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Rajasthan Royals all-rounder talks about tomorrow’s clash with Delhi Daredevils
By IPL Staff
New Delhi 28 April 2012
A rejuvenated Rajasthan Royals team will take on the Delhi Daredevils at the Feroz Shah Kotla tomorrow and hope to return to their winning ways by beating the table-toppers.
Speaking to the media ahead of the match, pacer Kevon Cooper shared his experience of playing in the premier Indian Premier League and spoke about his team.
Excerpts from Cooper’s pre-match press conference:
On the match tomorrow
We are looking forward to play this game. We had a good start, but towards the end we had a little disappointing finish [in the last couple of games]. I think the guys are keen and ready to play tomorrow; after four days rest, we are looking forward to this game. On the Delhi Daredevils
Delhi [Daredevils] have been playing well as a team. [But] cricket is a funny game and things can change. [...] This is a big game for us and we are looking forward towards this game.
On Shane Watson’s arrival
Shane, I think, will be here tonight. We are waiting for him to join the team. He is a good and experienced player. He has had a good series against the West Indies. We will be very happy to have him in the team.
On the way forward for RR
We sit and discuss some of our plans moving forward. After a few days off, the guys have thought about what really went wrong in the last game against RCB [Royal Challengers Bangalore] that we didn’t perform that well. [...] We have had a good start having beaten KKR and RCB at [their] home [grounds]. The first half of the tournament is gone and this is the last few games of the competition, and it is going to be tough and it is going to take a lot from us a team. We are very good as a team and we are going to go out there and play excellent cricket, and hopefully, we can come out victorious. On RR’s run so far and the match tomorrow
We have played eight games and we have won four and lost four. We would have liked to have won five of them, but unfortunately, we didn’t. [...] We need to win five games out of eight to qualify. The boys are looking forward to it. [...] Delhi is a very good team and they have been performing very well; [Virender] Sehwag, KP [Kevin Pietersen] and Mahela [Jayawardene]. So it is just a matter of us going out there and playing good cricket and sticking to our plans, and hopefully, we can beat them.
On the IPL experience
For me, it has been a dream to be playing in the IPL. [...] I try to enjoy [the game]. I have taken 10 wickets in five games. I wasn’t expecting that. It is just good for me to be part of IPL and I hope I can continue my good form, and hopefully, I can play a big part in this game against DD. On Rahul Dravid
It is a pleasure for me to be in the same dressing room as Rahul Dravid [who is] a legend; one of the greatest batsman ever. He is a cool guy [...]. It is nice to be in the same dressing room and same bus as him. He shares some of his knowledge and international experience with me. I just try to take every hint from him, and hopefully, I can apply it into my game.
On the possibility of Shaun Tait playing
He has been bowling well in the nets. As everyone knows, he has a little elbow injury, but he is bowling very well in the nets. [...] it is up to the coaches, so let’s see how it goes. On welcoming Watson into the team
He is a very good player and I have played against him in the Champions League T20. [...] The guys will accept him into the team with open arms. His skills and experience will help us a lot. Hopefully, he can come here and perform as well as he did against the West Indies.
Kolkata Knight Riders host Royal Challengers Bangalore in a top-four battle
By Arun Gopalakrishnan
Mumbai 27 April 2012
Match 38 of DLF IPL 2012 will see a battle between two teams that could potentially go the distance. The Kolkata Knight Riders – perhaps the most balanced of all the teams in the competition – host batting giants, Royal Challengers Bangalore.
Both teams will be itching to go after their previous matches were washed out by showers. KKR had registered victories in consecutive matches before their match against the Deccan Chargers got rained out. On the other hand, RCB had won three on the trot before their home match against the Chennai Super Kings had to be abandoned because of rain.
Both teams will rue having to split points with their opponents in their previous matches, and will be keen to get back to their winning ways that were halted by inclement weather.
Saturday, April 28, 2012, 08:00 p.m.
Eden Gardens, Kolkata
Despite the presence of several match-winners in the Kolkata Knight Riders line-up, it is their skipper Gautam Gambhir who holds the key to their success. The southpaw batted at No.3 in the first couple of matches, but stepped up to open the innings in subsequent matches. That decision has meant that there is now a lot of depth in the KKR batting line-up, and that could only be good for the team.
One player to keep an eye on is the mystery spinner Sunil Narine. Batsmen have found the Trinidadian very hard to decipher, and his tournament economy rate of 6.00 only illustrates how difficult he has been to get away.
In the RCB line-up, look out for Chris Gayle. The Jamaican left-hander has been his team’s best batsman by a mile since he joined the team midway through last season. Bowlers are yet to find answers for AB de Villiers’ unorthodox stroke-play. The South African has already won RCB a couple of matches this season, and he will remain an important cog in the wheel if RCB aim to go the distance.
Keep an eye on Virat Kohli too. The Delhi-lad, who was handed the responsibility of captaincy in the previous match, hasn’t quite made the kind of impact he is capable of, and he will be itching to make bigger contributions.
The Royal Challengers Bangalore have won five of the nine matches they’ve played against the Kolkata Knight Riders.
While KKR won both the contests (including the very first IPL match) in the inaugural season, RCB returned the favour the following season. Since IPL 2010, the two teams have met five teams, and RCB have a 3-2 advantage.
When these two teams met at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium earlier this season, KKR posted 165 for eight batting first and then restricted RCB to 123 for nine to win by 42 runs.
Kolkata Knight Riders’ next stop will be the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai. Gautam Gambhir’s men are scheduled to take on the defending champions Chennai Super Kings on April 30. The Royal Challengers Bangalore will enjoy a three-day break after this match before hosting Kings XI Punjab on May 2.