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Prajakta Pawar in Kolkata 22 May 2014 - 10:10pm IST

We were looking to build a big partnership: Takawale

RCB opener also says they were hoping to restrict KKR to 160-odd

Facing a steep 196-run target in a must-win game against the Kolkata Knight Riders, the Royal Challengers Bangalore needed to go out all guns blazing. And while they lost Chris Gayle with just seven runs on the board, his opening partner, Yogesh Takawale, worked hard to his keep the team in the fray.

Playing for the first time in the India leg of the Pepsi IPL 2014, he opened the innings in the high-pressure game and was involved in an 85-run stand with Virat Kohli. After surviving a tough chance while on seven, the opener scored 45 off 36 balls in a fighting effort, which, unfortunately, could not see his side home.

Reflecting on the match while speaking to IPLT20.com later, Takawale said that Virat Kohli and he were focusing on the building a partnership and were hoping to create a platform from where Yuvraj Singh and AB de Villiers could take RCB across the line. 

Excerpts from his interview:

On his knock

It was another good opportunity for me after the UAE leg where unfortunately I got out early in two innings. After that, I kept telling myself that there are still matches in hand and whenever I get an opportunity I will try and do my best. Today, I made fewer mistakes as compared to the previous innings and therefore I think I played better today.

On the brief given to him when he went out to open

We all knew that since we have to chase 196, we need a good partnership – either opening or in the middle order. If Virat and I had been able to bat till the 15th over, then I think the result would have been different. We had decided to play each delivery on its merit and not think too ahead.

On his plan after getting a life while on seven

When I got a second chance, Virat and I decided on making the most of it and build as big a partnership as we could. And we knew that Yuvi and AB, who are to follow, can score 60-70 runs in the last five-odd overs if required. And so we decided to stitch a partnership and knew if we have wickets in hand, we can build on that and accelerate later.

On what RCB was hoping to restrict KKR to

When they were three down (56 for the loss of three wickets), we thought that we can restrict them to 160-170 runs.

On how much he enjoys batting in T20s, given that he is an attacking batsman

Every format is different and you have to take responsibility, adjust and play accordingly. I enjoy batting in T20s. You have full license to create a shot and respond to a decent delivery. When you score big runs, it boosts your confidence.

On being part of the RCB dressing room

I consider myself fortunate that I could open with a batsman of Chris Gayle’s stature and play with India’s vice-captain, Virat Kohli. I am very happy to have got the opportunity play with him.

It is up to you to watch them – the likes of Gayle, Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, AB de Villiers – and learn. Everyone has a different role and different game. I think taking responsibility is very important. I have gained a lot of confidence and I will look to cash in on whatever opportunities I get.

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