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The JP Duminy-Kedar Jadhav pair once again boosted the Delhi Daredevils’ innings with a 58-run unbroken partnership coming in just 34 deliveries. The duo unleashed themselves on the Chennai Super Kings’ bowlers in the last quarter of the innings to set the visitors a competitive total.
Jadhav, who remained unbeaten in all his three previous outings, took on the CSK bowlers and scored 29 off 18 to help his team reach 178 for five. The batsman took Mohit Sharma for special treatment by clearing the fence twice before smashing one through the covers in the last over of DD innings.
While speaking to IPLT20.com, he spoke about how he planned to take on Mohit and his batting exploits with JP Duminy.
Excerpts from the interview:
What did you make of the total?
I think we could have added 10-15 more runs. And besides that they also benefitted from the rain since the ball was coming on to the bat later in the innings.
KP was seen talking passionately to the group in the strategic time-out of the second innings. What did he tell you guys?
We had a mix of overs before the break. He said that the match is at a crucial stage. He asked us to keep giving our best.
How have you adjusted the change in your batting position?
I have played in the last three games for DD and I have scored well in all of them. I have made most of the opportunities that have come my way. I have been told by the management that my role is that of a finisher, so make sure that you play till the end. And I am doing that.
In today’s match, I faced three successive dot balls in the second last over, but I knew that I can make up for it in the next over. Earlier I wasn’t able to bat like that. I would get out trying to do something different. But now I have the belief that I can make up for the lost deliveries later, so now I wait and capitalise on the start I have.
Relive the final over of Mohit Sharma.
Mohit Sharma bowls a good slower ball so he is used in the end overs. I knew that he would bowl the 18 or the 20th over, that he will bowl two overs in the end. So my plan was clear, that I would step out and hit his slower ball. I had to step out because only then the bat would have connected with the ball and besides, that is my shot, to step out and hit. So that was my plan and I feel good that I could execute it.
How do you adapt to the fact that you are the last recognised batsman in the DD line-up?
I can’t go all out and hit. I have to be cautious in my approach. I use long handle only when I am sure. I can’t hit shots with half chance because after me there are only bowlers to follow.
What has it been like to bat with JP Duminy?
I am getting to learn a lot from him. He is very calm during any chase or while batting first to post a total. It is fun to bat with him. The left-right combination helps both of us while batting together. There is a lot to learn from how he approaches the game under pressure.
With figures of 4-0-23-1, Ravindra Jadeja was the most economical bowler for the visiting side. The all-rounder who has been consistently performing with the ball helped keep runs in check and provided the team with a crucial breakthrough. Although he conceded 13 runs in his second over, the left-arm spinner dismissed the on song Murali Vijay when handed the ball again and bowled a miserly second spell.
After MS Dhoni elected to field first, his bowling unit conceded 178 runs. While speaking to IPLT20.com after the win, Jadeja talked about planning Vijay’s dismissal and CSK’s fan following even at the away venue.
Excerpts from the interview:
After conceding 13 runs in your second over you returned to finish as the most economical bowler from your side. What did MS Dhoni tell you and what were your plans?
After giving away those runs in the second over I was only thinking about not bowling any loose deliveries in my next over. From the end I was bowling had a shorter boundary. This is T20 cricket and they were going to take their chances. I was thinking of not bowling to their strength. My effort was to try and bowl where the batsman can’t hit the big shots and luckily I was able to bowl in right areas.
You claimed the wicket of Murali Vijay in your second spell. How did you plan his dismissal?
He hits well over midwicket and mid-on in the slog overs so I thought of bowling him outside off-stump. If he hits a good shot then there is nothing much I can do.
How does a bowler prepare himself for T20s?
A lot has to do with the wicket as well. If the ball is turning then that is one way of bowling and if there is no turn then it is a different ball game. I try to bowl dot balls and bowl in the good areas and mix my deliveries. Vary the pace and at times bowl outside the off-stump.
What total were you comfortable chasing when your captain opted to field first?
When DD were 108 for three and lost a couple of wickets at the score of 120, we thought of restricting them to 160-165 runs. We also knew that the boundary is a bit small and there is dew and it was drizzling also so we would benefit while chasing.
CSK’s top-order is having a dream run. How are you keeping yourself ready whenever you get a chance to bat?
I put in extra time in the nets. Considering that there could be a situation where I am needed to score 15-17 runs off the last over, I should be ready.