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Harsh Kalan in Pune 18 April 2013 - 12:14am IST

Still a long way to go: Bhuvneshwar

PWI pacer says his team’s batters can still turn things around

Despite starting their home game against the Sunrisers Hyderabad on a high note, a familiar climax greeted Pune Warriors India on Wednesday evening at the finish line. Their bowlers, led by India quick, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, restricted the opposition for a sub-par total, but their middle-order woes continued to haunt them, and yet again they fell short of a modest target.

Thanks to this heartbreaking defeat, Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s stellar effort with the ball (4-0-18-3) was overshadowed by the agony of another loss. However, the PWI pacer sounded optimistic during his post-match chat with IPLT20.COM and he expressed faith in his team’s batting to bounce back.

Excerpts from his interview:

What turned the game around for PWI?

Actually, there’s no doubt that we bowled well and kept things under control. But yes, we lost (the game) when we lost our middle-order batsmen quickly.

Still, you had a good day with the ball earlier

The wicket was helping swing bowling initially. So, the plan was to put pressure on batsmen and try and restrict them to a low score. And it worked.

Speaking of things that work, is there anything special you’ve been doing to prepare for the Twenty20 format?

You know, it doesn’t matter what the format is… you always back your strengths and do the basics right. That is what I’m doing. But you need variations in Twenty20. You bowl slow; you bowl yorkers and things like that.

What influence has a coach like Allan Donald had on you?

Yes obviously, he’s helping a lot. He tells us to keep things simple and uncomplicated. He even asks our opinions and tells us to back our strengths (as bowlers).

So what lies on the road ahead for PWI?

We should have won this match; that would have been good. But there are still plenty of matches to go this season. So, everyone in the team has to back each other moving ahead and pray for the best.

What about PWI’s batting, especially while chasing?

Well we lost two matches from a winning position. But the last two matches, we played well. It is all part of the game – sometimes you win, sometimes you lose. I believe our batsmen are capable of turning things around for us.  

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