Plan for KP and de Kock worked: Tambe

RR spinner also lauds team’s effort during victory

Delhi 04 May 2014
Pravin Tambe accounted for the crucial wickets of Kevin Pietersen and Quinton de Kock to help restrict the hosts, Delhi Daredevils, to 152 for five, after Rajasthan Royals opted to field first at Ferozeshah Kotla Stadium.

The crafty leg-spinner planned and claimed the dangerous DD captain ensuring that he did not capitalise on the life he had received earlier in his innings. Tambe then sent back the well-set de Kock. While Pietersen holed out to long-on, Tambe took a good return catch as de Kock looked drive the ball but ended up sending it back to the bowler.

While speaking to after the victory, Tambe talked about his bowling and his team’s effort during tonight’s game.

Excerpts from his interview:

How important was it to win the first match of the India leg?

All the matches are crucial. It was the first match of the India leg and we also had to adjust to the conditions and we did well. Everyone fulfilled their role well.

What was your plan for Pietersen?

His wicket was very important because he is a big player and everyone knows that. And if he stays at the wicket, he can turn things around for his team. We knew that he would target at least one bowler. I was the only spinner, so I thought he would target me. I knew the areas that I had to bowl in, and I bowled according to the plan and got his wicket.

Will you elaborate on ‘the right areas’ you try to bowl in?

T20 is a game where even a small mistake will cost you. So I try and see that I don’t let the batsman swing the bat. If he tries to hit, then I would get his wicket. So I try to cramp the batsman; I try and work on that area. So when I pitched it in the right area and Pietersen tried to hit me, I got the wicket as he mistimed it and was caught near the ropes at long-on.

How did you set up de Kock, who had looked to take you on?

I wanted to bowl stump-to-stump and I knew that he would take his chances. He had been at the wicket for a long time and I knew that there was a good possibility that he would get out if he took the chance (by going after me).

Your catch to get him out was a good take

As a spinner, you have to practice in the nets to take those catches, and it is from there that we get the confidence of taking return catches. And today, I was able to take the catch.

What was your assessment of the wicket?

There was turn in the wicket, but it was up to the bowler how to bowl and utilise the conditions. This is Twenty20 cricket and if the batsman gets the opportunity, he will look to hit you for a six. You should know what areas to bowl in.

What did you make of the 153-run target?

We had the confidence that the total was chaseable. The boundaries too were small.

What was the plan while bowling to JP Duminy and Kedar Jadhav, given that they were the last recognised batsmen in the DD line-up?

In T20 anyone can come out and hit a few runs. So we had decided to stick to our plan and not try and do something different whether it was a lower-order or a top-order batsman. We work according to our plans.

A word on Karun Nair’s match-winning knock

Superb! He played the kind of innings that we wanted from him today. He showed his ability to play big knocks.
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