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Despite floundering at six for 29, afterKumar Sangakkara, back at the helm, opted to bat, the SRH lower-order fired on all cylinders to help set-up a competitive target for the home team to chase.
However the top-order collapse meant that the visitors were a few runs short and their woes were compounded by an on song Shane Watson who blunted the Dale Steyn-led bowling attack. The team which has defended scores of around 120-odd earlier in the Pepsi Indian Premier League 2013, were at sea as the Royals’ sailed to victory at their fortress.
After the loss, Cameron White who made way for Sangakkara in the match spoke about the team’s performance and lauded Sammy’s knock that gave the team a chance to put up a fight after the top and middle order caved in to James Faulkner andAjit Chandila.
Excerpts from the brief interview:
On whether the team derived any confidence from their previous antics while coming out to defend?
Yes, we think we needed to get some early wickets. We had got one and it would have been nice to get a couple more but that did not happen. Shane Watson batted unbelievably well and Rahul played well upfront. So the credit has to go to Shane and Rahul.
On losing wickets early on and Darren Sammy’s knock to revive the innings
It was a great innings wasn’t it. After that start it was a really good batting effort by the tail to get to 140-odd. Darren Sammy was excellent again and he was well supported by Mishy (Amit Mishra) and Ashish Reddy; as well so that was good.
What went wrong with the batting besides some poor shot selection?
There was a bit of swing early on. I think initially they bowled well up front.
Whether batting is an area of concern?
Yes I guess so. I think we need to step up and take responsibility as individuals with the bat and make sure we put up some better scores for our bowlers to defend.
On having one of the best bowling attacks and some of the best bowling coaches to guide the side
Yes that’s right. The bowlers have done a great job led by our bowling coach Waqar Younis, who is doing fantastically well. Dale Steyn is leading our attack, backed up by our two leg-spinners as well. Mishy has been great and Karan has been excellent too.
Ajit Chandila and James Faulkner played a vital role in setting up victory for Rajasthan Royals against the Sunrisers Hyderabadat the Sawai Mansingh Stadium on Saturday. Opening the bowling for RR, Chandila bowled three overs on the trot to finish with two for 13 while pacer, Faulkner ran through the SRH line-up from the other end.
The duo had the opposition reeling at five for 19 and Kevon Cooper chipped in, claiming one to leave SRH gasping on six for 29. However the Sunrisers lower-order led by Darren Sammyand Amit Mishrarevived the innings and a late onslaught by Dale Steyn ensured that RR had a total to defend. But, the inform Royals’ top-order bat Shane Watson ensured a smooth victory for the home team.
After yet another team effort helped Royals’ jump to third place in the points table, Chandila reflected on the convincing performance of the side while speaking to iplt20.com.
Excerpts from the interview: What is your plan while opening the bowling for RR?
My main role is to bowl with the new ball and my thinking is to bowl dot balls. The more the dot balls I bowl the better it is for me as batsmen try to attack I get wickets. So that is Rahul bhai’s (Dravid) and my plan, that I bowl as many dot balls as I can.
What was the strategy while bowling first?
The plan was to restrict them to as few runs as possible so it would be easier for us to bat later. We also wanted to bat first. But bowling first turned successful as I got two wickets and Faulkner too did well. We partnered well and that helped us win.
What was the reason you didn’t bowl your fourth over despite being successful?
Maybe Dravid thought that with me being an off-spinner it would have been difficult later in the slog overs, maybe. It is okay, it is part of the game. He is very experienced so he knows the best.
After having them reeling on six for 29 did you expect them to put up 144 runs on the board?
They played extraordinarily well later in the innings. (Amit) Mishra built a good partnership with Darren Sammy. We thought we could keep them to 100 – 110 runs. But, they played really well and it was game on and so there was a bit a pressure at the time.
SRH has defended smaller totals but Shane Watson saw RR through to victory. Your thoughts on the chase?
We are confident of our batting. Since Watson is also in good form and had just made a hundred (in the previous match against the Chennai Super Kings), we were confident chasing.
What was it like batting out there?
Yes I did feel that they attacked a bit too much on us but that helped us, it turned out in our favour.
A word on Watson’s innings?
He is our key player and if he plays well we can win games easily. He scored a hundred in the last game so we were confident that if he is there and will score. All that we needed was one good partnership. And Rahul bhai and Watson built that partnership that helped us win.
James Faulkner became the first to claim a five-wicket haul this season, your opinion of him?
He is a good bowler. His bowling analysis is very good and he has conceded very few runs and got wickets. He is a key bowler for us.
Does this win boost your confidence taking on RCB next?
Every game is a new game and we will have to make new plans for Royal Challengers Bangalore. Every game is important and everyone wants to win matches and strengthen their position in the points table.