'A perfect all-round win': Kumble

Published: Monday, September 13, 2010, 11:09 [IST]
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'A perfect all-round win'

Royal Challenger Bangalore skipper Anil Kumble was delighted with his team's all-round performance in their first CLT20 match against Guyana where they won by nine-wickets.

Kumble described his side's nine wicket win over Guyana as a perfect all-round show.

"It was a perfect game. We came up with an all-round show. The bowlers did a great job to restrict Guyana to 103 and then the batsmen finished off the match in style. It is good feeling that we have started the tournament with a win," Kumble said in the post-match presentation ceremony.

He pointed out the initial overs against the Guyana top-order batsman including Ramnaresh Sarwan were important, and after having experienced Sarwan cheaply, his players knew they had a chance to restrict the opposition to a small total.

"The first couple of overs were critical. Once Sarwan was out cheaply, the pressure was on them. When we chased the thought was always there to end the match fast (to boost the net run-rate], but you needed solid platform too. Rahul and Kallis did just that for Robin to be able to tee off," he said.

"The players got enough time at the middle and I am hoping that we would do well in the coming matches," he added.

Guyana captain Ramnaresh Sarwan admitted that the 103 total was never enough and his team had to work on their batting if they are to perform well in the future matches.

"We did not put enough runs on the board. We lost early wickets and that put the pressure on us. There were not just enough runs to defend," he said.

"But majority of the players have never played in these conditions, and it is a learning experience. But we really need to learn fast," he added.

Man of the Match Jacques Kallis was happy that he could play a big role in his side's win after coming off from an injury.

"I am coming back from a back injury, so I couldn't put too much work in the lead-up to the tournament. I am happy with my performance," he said.

"The team has got fantastic preparation in lead-up to the tournament. Credit should go to coach Ray (Jennings). We got good nets, good net bowlers.


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