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DD batsman tightlipped about batting order ahead of KKR match
By IPL Staff
New Delhi 06 May 2012
Delhi Daredevils vice-captain Mahela Jayawardene lauded his team’s performance so far in DLF IPL 2012, and also spoke about his own batting form while addressing the media ahead of the match against the Kolkata Knight Riders. Excerpts from Jayawardene’s media interaction:
On his batting form
I like to spend more time out there in the middle and contribute. But when I came in [the team] I batted at No.4 and then I opened the batting. I had a couple of good starts, [but] did not make it big. But that happens. And then, I had one good knock against Mumbai [Indians], then a run-out against Pune [Warriors India]. So a bit of an up and down, but I feel very comfortable hitting the ball very well. So if I can spend more time out there in the middle it would be good.
On whether he is going to open or bat in the middle order now that David Warner has joined the team
I don’t know where I am going to bat. We will keep KKR guessing overnight. We knew that with the players that we have, we have to be very flexible and that had to happen in our kind of set-up, with we used Irfan [Pathan] in different places, we used Yogesh [Nagar] in different places. So we will be flexible. And it’s about guys understanding their roles in the team and try and finish games off and get us into a position that we are comfortable with. So that’s what we are trying to do so. Definitely, with Davy [David Warner] coming in, things will be different. Kevin [Pietersen] had a great season, but we just need to continue to do all the right things. So we will try and do that.
On David Warner replacing Kevin Pietersen in the team
You will never replace a certain player. [...] Kevin has got unique strengths about him and Davy has got different strengths about him. I have seen him in the last few IPLs [and] what he can do with the bat. So it’s never going to be a direct replacement. It’s about another player coming in, and us, as a team, changing our way of playing to suit that combination. So Kevin’s had a great influence on the team with the bat and off the field; also he has been fantastic. And hopefully, Davy will have the same influence on the team [but] in a different way. On KKR
I think they have got a really good set-up; a good all-round side. Everyone complements each other. I think Gauti [Gautam Gambhir] has done a great job up front; that’s been their strength. The top order is scoring runs. The middle hasn’t been able to get that much of batting in because the top order is scoring so much runs. It is the same thing, so we cannot be complacent about that. We just need to make sure that whatever the game plan that we come up with against KKR, we try and execute it.
That has been our strength. We don’t worry too much about the opposition. We respect them and we come up with a game plan and we try and execute that. It has worked for us in the last three-four weeks, and we will continue to do the same thing. On whether over a period of time Sunil Narine will become more predictable
It will happen to any bowler. If you see over the years any bowler who will come with a different variety will have a honeymoon period and then once the guys analyse him and get to play him moer often the batsmen will adjust and then that’s the challenge that the bowlers will have to try and improve on what they have got. He is a great character to come into the set-up. He has brought something different to the IPL which is great and gives us a great challenge as a batting unit to against him. We are looking forward to that opportunity [of batting against him]. On guarding against becoming complacent after being table toppers
We have kept things very simple with our planning and how we want to execute certain game plans. We focus on how we can keep improving our game very day. It is twenty20 cricket and we will make certain mistakes and we will have bad days and good days but if you continue to do the right things consistently then we will have more good days than bad days. So that is what we are trying to do as a unit. Everyone is trying to improve their game a little every time. So there won’t be any complacency. We will push ourselves till the last game and try and improve as a unit. We always look for things as a team where we could improve with the bowling, batting and fielding so we will focus on that. When you are doing that we won’t take anything lightly and we will keep playing some good cricket. On whether there is pressure to maintain the top spot
It is a great position to be in rather than be at No 8 or 7 in the position table and pushing for a win everyday. if we can put ourselves under pressure to maintain that No 1 spot that is a positive way of looking at pressure [...]. We want to be at the top when we finish the group stages and we will put ourselves under pressure to do that. That will be a good positive frame of mind to be in and compete with other teams. On whether there is concern that the lower-order hasn’t got an opportunity to perform since the top-order is getting runs
[...] I am happy that the top-order is getting runs and bowlers are bowling well and we are winning matches. Those are minor headaches for us. [...] we set ourselves goals to finish the table [on ahigh] and get into the playoffs and once you get into the play-offs then we will focus on what we have done so far and then start afresh and try and finish [win] that off. We break down what we want to achieve [in smaller goals]. So it is good for us to be where we are and playing some good cricket and enjoying it.
Royal Challengers battle it out with Chargers in Bangalore
By Arun Gopalakrishnan
Mumbai 05 May 2012
Match 50 of DLF IPL 2012 will see the Royal Challengers Bangalore take on the Deccan Chargers.
While DC lie at the ground floor of the table with just two wins from ten fixtures, RCB are locked in a mid-table scramble. Though the points table indicates that the Chargers have only two wins, it does not reflect the fact that they’ve competed hard and have given several opponents a scare.
RCB have a very formidable side, but they’ve somehow failed to click as a unit. They haven’t tasted success in their last three matches now – their home fixture against CSK was rained out, while they were thrashed by the Kolkata Knight Riders in their away fixture and came second-best in a close match against Kings XI Punjab. When
Sunday, May 6, 2012, 08:00 p.m.
M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore
Batting is, without a doubt, RCB’s strength. In Chris Gayle and AB de Villiers, they have two in-form batsmen. Though Gayle hasn’t been as devastating as he was in IPL 2011, he continues to score runs and is currently his team’s highest run-getter. Unlike before, when he would go after the bowling from the word go, Gayle has shown the inclination to spend time in the middle, apply himself and then go after bowlers. AB de Villiers has singlehandedly won RCB at least a couple of matches this season; but he hasn’t done anything noteworthy in his last two innings, and he will be keen to contribute to his team’s cause.
Cameron White has been exceptional in what has been an ordinary tournament for his team. The Australian has scored three half-centuries this season – two of those in match-winning causes and one, which set up the match for his team, only for the rest of the batting line-up to mess up the run-chase.
Keep an eye out on Dale Steyn too. The South African speedster has bowled some fiery spells this season and has been his team’s best bowler by a mile; it will be interesting to see if he can keep a lid on the stroke-makers in the RCB line-up.
The Royal Challengers Bangalore and the Deccan Chargers have so far met nine times in the IPL – including the final of IPL 2009 – and the latter hold a slight 5-4 edge in head-to-head comparison.
The last time these two teams met was in Hyderabad in IPL 2011 when the Deccan Chargers registered their only home victory of the season. On that occasion, the hosts posted 175 for five batting first and then restricted RCB to 142 for nine to win by 33 runs. Trivia
RCB’s Chris Gayle is the leading six-hitter in the IPL; he’s hit 99 sixes in 36 innings.
Chris Gayle holds the record for scoring the most runs in a calendar year; he scored 1497 runs in 31 Twenty20 matches in 2011.
The Royal Challengers Bangalore have the poorest bowling economy-rate among the nine teams in IPL 2012 – 8.59.
RCB’s next encounter will against the Mumbai Indians on May 9, while the Deccan Chargers will head back home after this fixture and prepare to host the Pune Warriors India on May 8.