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Although they did not have enough runs on the board to defend and Rajasthan Royals opener Shane Watson fired on all cylinders to push the Kings XI Punjab further back in the corner, the visitor’s attack put up a fight to keep themselves in the hunt till the last over.
After Parvinder Awanasent back Watson, Praveen Kumardealt a double blow by removing Rahul Dravidand Stuart Binny in the same over and kept the team in the game. The pacer bowled at a miserly economy rate and kept a strangle-hold on the RR line-up. Kumar who finished with 4-1-10-2, best figures for a bowler in the match, reflected on the loss in a brief interaction with iplt20.com after the game.
Excerpts from the interview with Kumar:
On being a few runs short while defending but keeping the team in the hunt with two wickets
We did not play the last seven deliveries. We did not play our full quota of twenty overs so that did make a difference. Maybe we could have added 12-15 runs in those balls. A total of about 135-140-145 runs would have been a good score on this track (to defend). The ball was doing something (there was movement). So we were a few runs short.
On the shot selection by KXIP batsmen and whether it is an area of concern
The team that is being selected to play is a good team but batsmen haven’t clicked yet. But it was only the third match so far. So, maybe in the coming games they will click and that will be good for us.
On David Hussey’s knock
He is a very good player. He is as one of the best twenty20 players in the world. He has been doing well in all areas and he has batted well in the earlier matches as well. And hopefully he keeps doing well going further into the tournament.
On the plan while coming out to defend the total
We were hoping to get one or two wickets in the first six overs and concede as few runs as possible. It didn’t happen that way. It happened a little late. The game opened up in the first five overs (when Shane Watson (32 off 19) played a quickfire knock) and things worked out differently.
On taking the game into the last over
Yes we pulled it to the last over and that is a good thing for the matches to come. The boys will learn from it, all of us we will learn from it (the match today).
On close finishes like today and bowlers having had an upper hand in the games so far
Yes that’s true. All the teams have been playing well. Bowlers and batsmen are both doing well so overall it has been a good tournament.