IPL 2012: Rahane says scoring runs off Steyn added pressure on Deccan Chargers

Ajinkya Rahane scored a fluent 44 during Rajasthan’s chase of 197 against Deccan PTI

By CricketCountry Staff

Jaipur: Apr 18, 2012

Rajasthan Royals star batsman Ajinkya Rahane said scoring runs off Dale Steyn added more pressure to the Deccan Chargers bowlers, after their win at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur on Tuesday.

“In the last four overs we knew that Dale Steyn, who is their main bowler, had overs left (and) would bowl. Playing his overs was important, and the plan was not to give him wickets, but at the same time (Brad) Hodge batted really well and picked runs off him, and that brought more pressure on their other bowlers. The way Hodge and Dishant [Yagnik] played in the end was very good,” Rahane said after his side s five-wicket win.

The opening batsman said everyone in the team contributed towards their win against Deccan.

“It was a very good victory. It was a very good team effort today. All the batsmen and everyone contributed. It feels very good when everyone contributes and you win the match. I am very happy with the team s performance,” he said.

Talking about the huge target of 197 set by Deccan Chargers, Rahane said, “The toss is not in our hand, but they batted well to put 196 runs on the board. While going out to bat, we had decided that if we could give a good opening start [and] if we lose few wickets early on, then we have batsmen lower down the order who can score runs and get to the target.”

“So the strategy that Rahul [Dravid] bhai and I had was to play positively [go for the runs], but at the same time if we don t give away wickets, they [the opposition] will be under pressure. Luckily things went our way today,” Rahane was quoted as saying by IPLT20.com.

Rahane said he was not disappointed with playing a loose shot off Amit Mishra, as he fell for 44.

“I wasn t thinking of the fifty. Sometimes shots like that, if you are able to middle them, they go for a six. In T20 you have to maintain the run-rate also, so you have to take a few chances. I took that chance, but today it didn t work. But that s okay; we won, so that s good,” he said.

Rahane opined that Rajasthan captain and former India cricketer Rahul Dravid was in good knick on Tuesday and thus he decided to give him full support.

“In the beginning he got more strike, and sometimes when you are in a flow, the runs come [smoothly] and sometimes you have to work hard for your runs. I think Rahul bhai was in a good flow while batting. So my plan was if there is a loose ball, I will capitalize on that, but at the same time I would rotate the strike and try to give him more strike,” he said.