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RCB all-rounder says a win over DC will take his team a step closer to playoffs
By IPL Staff
Bengaluru 05 May 2012
In IPL 2012, Andrew McDonald has been competing with Tillakaratne Dilshan for a place in the Royal Challengers Bangalore playing XI. Although he has not produced a big match-winning performance in the four games he has played so far, he remains a useful option to have given the generous bounce in the track at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium.
McDonald addressed the media ahead of RCB’s home game against the Deccan Chargers and said he is happy to contribute in whatever way he can, be it on or off the field. The Australian all-rounder also said that with six more league matches to go, RCB need a streak of wins to secure a place in the final four. Toss-up between him and Dilshan
I think the deciding factor is the bounce in the wicket. If there’s a bit of seam movement and bounce, they probably go for me, and if the conditions are dry, Dilshan’s off-spin comes in handy. That’s how we keep mixing it around a bit. There’s no fix formula; we just try and field the most balanced team on that day. We all prepare for the game and get a call on whether we’re in the playing XI or not when the selection happens post lunch. In and out of the team
I’m not really disappointed because that’s how team sports go. We can play only four overseas players and have to take a call based on various factors. Everyone just tries to contribute in whatever way they can, be it on the field or off it. Crucial juncture in the tournament
We need to get on a bit of a winning streak like we did at the start of the tournament. We have six more games to go and if we can win four out of them, we can qualify in top four with eight and a half wins – one of our games was a washout. The Deccan Chargers have found some form and they will take a few teams down along the way. We need to beware of them and play well tomorrow. The pitch
There was fair bit of grass on the wicket yesterday and some moisture because of the storm that came the day before. Hopefully, it gets a little drier as compared to what it was in the last game. Bangalore is a fantastic venue to play cricket – the wicket is sporting and the crowd is fantastic.
DC coach says his team’s performance in the field has been disappointing
By IPL Staff
Bengaluru 05 May 2012
In what is considered to be the most open IPL, the Deccan Chargers have struggled to make their presence felt. With two wins from 10 games, the team from Hyderabad needs to win their remaining six matches with a convincing margin to give themselves a chance of qualifying for the playoffs. Their next target will be to beat theRoyal Challengers Bangaloreon their home turf.
DC coach Darren Lehmann addressed the media ahead of the match and singled out poor fielding as the biggest reason for the team’s miserable state. He also urged the young Indian players to pull their socks up and be counted.
Motivating the team after a series of defeats
It’s been hard, although we had a couple of good wins in the middle. I think it’s just about us getting better as a unit. Everyone knows we haven’t fielded the best. Had we fielded a bit better, we’d have won a few more games. We have a lot of younger players and they’re still learning. There’s a lot of responsibility on our overseas players. Having said that, I expect the younger guys to perform better than they have, especially in the field.
Lack of form of Indian players
They’ve been good in patches, to be fair. Again, that’s what you get with young players; they will be inconsistent. But along the way you learn a lot about them [is] by giving them the experience of playing. It’s better for them to play rather than not playing for other franchises. It is a process and it takes time to materialise. At the end, we haven’t played well as a team. Substandard fielding
It’s been disappointing. Talking about the youngsters, it’s no hiding the fact that playing in front of such big crowds does get to them. That’s what we’ve been talking about – coping with playing at a world-class stage like the IPL. It’s the biggest Twenty20 competition in the world.
Big match against RCB
Every game is important for us now if we want to give ourselves a chance to make it to the playoffs. It does put pressure on the guys but we’ve got to deal with that because we’ve got ourselves into this position. Having said that, skill wise we’ve done pretty well. It’s the fielding that’s let us down.
The Dale Steyn factor
He’s been magnificent. He’s been shouldering a lot of burden, especially with all the travel. He’s really excited to come in and bowl. We obviously miss Ishant Sharma this season, but it gives guys like Veer Pratap Singh a chance to prove himself. JP Duminy’s fitness worries
We’ll take a call on him after the practice. He’s had some stitches on the cuts he’s sustained. I doubt whether he’ll play, but it depends on how he pulls up after a net session. Dan Christian replaced him in the last game and we’ll change that around depending on the conditions. The Bengaluru wicket has some pace and bounce in it, so we’ll have a second look at our batting order.