By CricketCountry Staff
Mumbai: Apr 24, 2012
Tillakaratne Dilshan, whose unbeaten innings of 76 and a 122-run unbroken partnership with AB de Villiers helped Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) set up the stage for victory against Rajasthan Royals (RR) in Jaipur, said it was necessary for the Bangalore side to defeat Rajasthan in their own backyard.
“They beat us at home, so when we came here we wanted to beat them (on their ground). I think it was a good team performance today. All three departments batting, bowling and fielding) did well and contributed for this performance,” Dilshan said.
“The plan was always to put runs on the board. 190 is not an easy (target to chase) against our bowling attack. It is an experienced attack with Zaheer Khan and Daniel Vettori, two very experienced guys. But the youngsters (also) did really well. They bowled really well and did really well for these conditions; the wicket is not easy to bat on.”
Bangalore saw a shuffle in their batting line-up, when Mayank Agarwal was made to open the innings with Dilshan. Dilshan believes it was about giving the youngster an opportunity to bat up the order.
“(At the) last moment Chris got sick, but that gave youngster an opportunity to bat in the top-order – Mayank (Agarwal). I thought it was not an easy wicket to bat on for a newcomer. So since I got the start, I wanted to carry on into the 17th-18th over. And then AB (de Villiers) came in and hit big sixes and turned the game around for our team. Then we kept up the momentum into the last seven-eight overs.”
Dilshan furthermore added that de Villiers is a great finisher of the game and his batting took some pressure off him.
“He is a great player, not just in the IPL but in world cricket. He is a finisher. Him batting with me also helped me as it took the pressure off me. I think he is a great finisher; it is a plus point for RCB having AB in the middle-order.”
The Sri Lankan cricketer said key wickets of Ajinkya Rahane and Owais Shah mounted pressure on Rajasthan.
“They are in great form. Especially these two guys are batting really well. Our bowlers bowled really well and according to the plan and it worked for us. Rahul [Dravid] batted really well, but it is still not easy to chase 190 runs when wickets are falling. But still I think our bowlers did a great job,” Dilshan was quoted as saying in Indian Premier League’s (IPL) official site.
“I am waiting for my opportunities. This was my second match. I got a great start today. I want to keep going throughout the IPL,” Dilshan concluded.