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Prajakta Pawar in Jaipur 07 April 2013 - 08:43pm IST

We will focus on our strengths: Trivedi

Bowler says RR will look to minimise mistakes

The Rajasthan Royals will be keen to carry forward the winning momentum when they take the field in their first home game at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium. The Royals who reached Jaipur on Sunday after a tight finish against the Delhi Daredevils trained hard in the evening ahead of their match against the Kolkata Knight Riders’ on Monday.

Speaking about the team’s preparation and the opposition, Siddharth Trivedi told the media, “We focus on the strengths of our team. Our coach, Paddy Upton and Rahul Dravid and others will work on a strategy for our batsmen. (However), working on our strengths is what we have been doing. Since the last match went well it has given the team a good momentum and the team is confident. And we will try and do better.”

“KKR is a quality side. (If we focus on) our strengths and the goals that we set and the strategy that we make and if we play accordingly then we will be able to play their spinners well too,” Trivedi replied when asked about their strategy to counter the likes of Sunil Narine, one of the key wicket takers for the Gautam Gambhir-led KKR.

Although they held their nerves to pull off a win against the Delhi Daredevils, there will be creases that the Rahul Dravid-led side will look to iron out. Speaking about the few lapses and the areas that they will be looking to improve on like capitalising on the starts and accelerating the scoring towards the end, Tivedi said, “In twenty20 you can’t predict what will happen. In the last two overs when we had to capitalise we lost wickets and the same happened with Delhi as well. And under pressure to score runs they too lost wickets. The format is such. We have analysed the last match that we played and the mistakes that we made and we will try to minimise those.”

Speaking about the availability of Shane Watson, who joined the team in Delhi, Trivedi stated, “management will decide.” But skipper Rahul Dravid had told the media ahead of the match in Delhi, “We have a game on April 8th in Jaipur so that is going to be Watson’s first game of the season. We are looking forward to having him back.”

Asked about the pitch Trivedi said, “I haven’t seen the pitch but the Jaipur wicket has always been a sporting track and hope that it will be the same.” 

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