South African Dale Steyn bowled the first ball and smashed the winning runs at the Feroz Shah Kotla on Friday night. With a maiden-wicket in the first over Steyn set the tone for the day and then brought the curtains down with a boundary for a tight finish in Game 14 of the Pepsi Indian Premier League 2013.
Humble in victory, the fast bowler whose name evokes fear in the minds of the opposition batsmen lauded the efforts of the Delhi Daredevils for putting up a fight in a low scoring game. While speaking to iplt20.com Steyn also commended the contributions of his teammates that were crucial to help the team finish on the winning side and claim the second position in the points table with only the run rate separating them from the team ahead of them.
As is often the case in close encounters, it was an all round team effort that helped the Kumar Sangakkara-led side beat the Delhi Daredevils by three wickets.
Excerpts from the brief interaction with Steyn:
After the way you guys bowled did you expect to pad-up?
(Smiles) I didn’t really expect to bat but I think it was one of those wickets where it was always going to be a difficult chase. 130 runs would have been close to impossible to get I reckon today. Both teams bowled really well. Tonight was a game for the bowlers definitely. So hats off to both sides for fighting it out till the last over.
You claimed the wicket of David Warner upfront; tell us about leading the attack
I just try and get through my four overs I guess without as much damage as possible. Today it was nice to get a wicket early, to get somebody like David Warner who is a great player and he can take the game away from you, we know that and so it was nice to get a wicket. And the early same thing with (Mahela) Jayawardene and Viru (Virender Sehwag); to get early wickets like that puts the (opposition) team on the back foot. If we hadn’t got those wickets they could have gone on to make 130 maybe 140 and I think it would been a really difficult score to try and get.
A new team and a great start to the season, what has helped the team?
You win one game with a lot of fighting spirit and then you win another one and there is a little bit of belief that creeps in. We lost the game the other night to RCB where I thought Virat (Kohli) batted particularly well. Then tonight again it was good all round performance, everybody contributed again we batted all the way down to No 9 and everyone went out there and did their part to win the game. So it’s been the strength of our side where everybody has contributed where they can to win a cricket game.
How do you spread your four over’s being the leader of the attack?
It is difficult. You have to read the game a little bit and we don’t plan that I am going to bowl two upfront and then I am going to bowl one in the 15th or 18th over. There is no kind of real planning we just kind of have the idea that I am going to maybe bowl two over’s upfront and try and take a wicket, and then the next over’s really depends on whether the captain wants a wicket so I come back and bowl whether we want to try and defend at the death so. It all depends on the day.
After the loss to RCB, the Sunrisers took on DD and their formidable line-up and came out on the winning side. What were your plans for the game?
The game for Delhi Daredevils, they have been a bit undercooked this season so we kind of knew that if we played our best cricket they would probably only give us about seventy percent competition. I think (the target of) 115, if we would have gotten a good start, it would have felt like only seventy runs for them on the board. But they fought well tonight. They are a good side. They really are a good side, they just haven’t clicked yet.
When you went in to bat was there any pressure?
There wasn’t really any pressure to be honest with you. You either going to win or you are going to lose so it’s one of the two things. I just want to put bat on ball and try and score the runs. Luckily we didn’t have to score more than six runs per over so it was really just bat on ball and it was really was just our game to lose.
One of the best bowlers from an earlier era, Waqar Younis is part of your coaching staff what do you learn from him?
He is a fantastic bowler. I am looking forward to actually spending a bit of time with him. He hasn’t been with us for the last couple of days but certainly throughout the IPL I will pick his brain and see what I can get off from him. I know that the youngsters in the side will definitely benefit from him and so will I.