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Needing a win to steer clear of a must-win situation ahead of the playoffs, the Kolkata Knight Riders were beaten by the Delhi Daredevilsin Raipur. The DD batters, led by David Warner chased down KKR’s 136-run total with relative ease.
“Probably we didn’t get as good a start as we wanted. But I think we still got a decent total that we could have defended. But the Delhi batsmen batted really well,” said Sunil Narine, who yet again returned with an economy-rate of under four.
While the off-spinner was unable to pick any scalps, he clocked figures of 0/14 in his four overs. The Raipur wicket seemed to have worked in his favour while bowling in the crucial middle overs.
“I think it is a good wicket. It helped spinners, seamers and is even good to bat on. So it is a good cricket wicket,” said Narine while describing the conditions at the latest IPL venue. He also praised the capacity crowd that came out to support both teams in the highly-anticipated battle.
“In India, wherever you play there is a great environment. The people here, they really loved coming here to watch cricket,” Narine said.
The Knight Riders now head back home to Kolkata where they will play the Rajasthan Royalson Friday. Narine and Co. will be hoping to arrest their two-game losing streak in familiar conditions then.
“We have to take it one game at a time. I think there are little things that we need to do in all areas. If we try, they are very much possible. And if we do those, and then bat and bowl well, we will come out on top,” Narine said. “We will just have a talk and get rid of the negatives form this game and hope to bounce back as hard as possible.”
The Delhi Daredevils are finally up to winning ways in IPL 2013. Perhaps it was the momentary shift in their home ground or a drastic shift in their fortunes that led to back-to-back wins here in Raipur. In either case, the Daredevils’ cause has been helped by valuable contributions in their ranks in all three departments.
During a chat with IPLT20.com, DD pacer Morne Morkel, who played a crucial role in restricting KKR under 140, attributed DD’s recent success to the team doing the basics right. The 28-year-old is now looking forward to playing against fellow South African,Dale Steyn, when the rejuvenated Daredevils take on the Sunrisers Hyderabadon Saturday.
Here are excerpts from Morkel’s interview:
On DD’s back-to-back wins in Raipur
It is nice to have a bit of momentum. And if we try and do our basics as best as possible, we can keep it up. We have got ourselves to blame that we had a low start to the tournament. But I think the most important thing right now is to enjoy and try and play good cricket.
On his sub-six economy rate against KKR
The whole tournament I have been bowling well. It was important for me to stick to the basics and make the most of the conditions and back myself. If I do that, I perform the way I did (against KKR).
Actually, I don’t even know about it to be honest (smiles). I will have to go watch the replay. Hopefully, next time things will go my way. You need a little bit of luck, but mostly you create your luck in this game.
On the subject of luck – the new, lucky home ground
Yeah. We have come out here and have had two great games. The Raipur crowd has been unbelievable. It is a great venue, a great stadium and hopefully we can play more matches here.
On the energy in the dressing room
Throughout the tournament, the atmosphere in the dressing room has been positive. We know we didn’t do well in a few areas and we are trying to do better in those. And now we are playing winning cricket and entertaining cricket. You never know what can happen with that – we can even sneak into the playoffs through the back door. On the next away game against SRH
I am looking forward to it. Dale’s bowling well; he is bowling quickly as well. It’s nice to be able to play against him. He is a beautiful bowler. We hope to get a positive result there.