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RR all-rounder says his team will get over its away loss to PWI
By Harsh Kalan
Pune 12 April 2013
The Rajasthan Royals came into their away game against the Pune Warriors India as strong favourites. The Pink City franchise had good reason to back this notion, since they were unbeaten in IPL 2013 prior to this game, whereas PWI had lost 11 straight matches, including nine last season. However, the Royals were completely blindsided by the likes of Robin Uthappa and Aaron Finch, who made sure PWI’s path to victory was paved in the powerplay itself.
One of the few silver linings for the Royals in Thursday’s game was James Faulkner. The Tasmanian all-rounder made the most of his maiden appearance for RR, as he contributed 19 valuable runs in the middle order and then returned to claim two wickets for 17 runs in his four-over quota. But still, the 22-year-old said that he would rather trade this performance for a team win.
“Personally, yeah it was a reasonably good game. But we lost a game of cricket, so it all counts for nothing,” said Faulkner. “We hope to get back in the next game, and hopefully, get back on a winning streak.”
Faulkner singled out the initial flurry by Uthappa and Finch as a momentum shifter. However, he also stated that his team is bound to bounce back after this defeat.
“The first six overs were really crucial for us today. We had done really well so far in the first two games. But in this game, it didn’t go to plan. It happens, and we will move on quickly,” said Faulkner.
He also praised Finch, who in his first appearance for PWI this season, adapted to the Pune wicket – which was slow and tended to keep low.
“Aaron Finch was great today (on Thursday). It was his first game this season and he batted unbelievably well. Credit to him for doing that,” said Faulkner. He also said that given the conditions on offer, the 145-run total posted by RR was defendable and that his team was happy to get there batting first.
For now, Faulkner is glad to be playing under Rahul Dravid, and hopes collectively the Royals can churn out more positive results in time to come.
“Definitely, he’s one of the greats of world cricket and also Indian cricket. It’s a pleasure to play alongside him, and hopefully the next time we get a win together,” said Faulkner.
PWI spinner says openers’ contributions was crucial in team’s first win in 12 tries
By Harsh Kalan
Pune 12 April 2013
The Pune Warriors India are back, and how. Thanks to a clinical performance, the Angelo Mathews-led side made easy work of the Rajasthan Royals at the Subrata Roy Sahara Stadium. While their openers ensured that the 145-run target didn’t get out of their reach at any point, it was their bowlers who laid the foundation for their first win in 12 tries.
“Yes, it feels really great when you win a match. We have a good side and it takes a while to gel, since we have a new captain, and a lot has changed for us this year – Angelo is the captain, Yuvi Paaji is back and Ross Taylor’s in the side,” said Rahul Sharma as he relived a game that saw his team do well in all departments.
Sharma, who clocked very unT20-like numbers of 4-0-16-2, was the pick of the PWI bowlers. The leggie was used in three different short spells by his skipper – all of which stifled RR’s scoring rate. Sharma attributed this improved showing with the ball to a conscientious effort on part of the entire team to raise the energy levels on the field.
“We had spoken (before the game) that we are going to keep the energy high. And that was a plus point today, as all performances were more energetic. Everyone did well with the ball, bat and on the field as a result,” Sharma said. “Personally, I have been working really hard this year to ensure I do well this IPL for my team. And as and when I get to bowl, I will try to do well.”
However, Sharma also pointed out that PWI have been bowling well in this year’s competition, and that the team rising up as a strong batting unit was the key behind clocking a win.
“We are hoping to bowl well as a team between the 16th and 20th overs, since that is important. However, we bowled well in all three matches, but our batting had not clicked until today. So, if we do well in that area, it will be good,” Sharma said.
However, Sharma praised the efforts of Aaron Finch and Robin Uthappa, whose batting exploits rendered the Royals bowlers helpless in what turned out to be a tough away game for them.
“Finch, who was playing for the first time (in IPL 2013) today, gave us a great start. If we keep getting such starts it will be great for us. Plus, Robin Uthappa is always a mainstay of our side. These are the starts we need to click.
“Our dressing room atmosphere was always good. But it was always about us gelling together as a team. We just wanted to start winning, since that was the key for us to gel,” added Sharma.