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IPL Staff in New Delhi 16 May 2012 - 11:52pm IST

We’re up for the DD challenge: Dilshan

All-rounder feels RCB’s do-or-die game is evenly balanced

Royal Challengers Bangalore, IPL royalty in the earlier editions, are struggling at No. 5 on the points table this year. However, their star-studded line-up is capable of pulling a rabbit out of the hat as they take on the Delhi Daredevils tomorrow.

Tillakaratne Dilshan addressed the media ahead of the match.

Excerpts:


On the must-win game against DD


There is no doubt that we have to win in any situation. We have to play our best cricket to win. Delhi Daredevils are playing good cricket. [...] This is the time where our team [needs] to do everything and win to make it to the semi-finals [playoffs]. At the moment, we are playing good cricket. It is a good challenge for us, [having to] beat Delhi [Daredevils].

On Mayank Agarwal


He is a fantastic youngster in our team. I have already told him that he is one of the best youngsters I have seen. He is hitting well. He’s hitting it cleanly in the last few overs, especially against Lasith Malinga [...]. I think it was a good [move] by RCB to give the youngsters an opportunity [despite having a] good [experienced] batting line-up of AB de Villiers, Chris Gayle and myself. He is learning a lot, playing with experienced players. I have seen him last year and he is more mature this year. [...] He can handle playing in any position, which is a good thing [...].

On DD


They are a strong team as compared to other teams. They have a very strong batting line-up and a [good] bowling unit as well. They have a very experienced batting line-up, but we also have one of the best batting line-ups [...]. It will be a good contest tomorrow. I feel both teams are equal and whoever plays better cricket in all three departments [batting, bowling and fielding] will win.

On AB de Villiers and his improvisational batting


He played the paddle and reverse paddle [against Deccan Chargers]. He’s playing it really well. If you play like this, it is very difficult for the bowlers to bowl at you; they have to think twice [before bowling]. They have to adjust the field also. [...] He played against one of the best fast bowlers. To hit Dale Steyn for six with a paddle shot is not easy. [...] He is thinking really well in the middle and adjusting really well [to play] that shot [...].

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