Kolkata, Apr 6: Delhi Daredevils' allrounder Irfan Pathan has said that the wicket at Eden Gardens got better after the downpour in the truncated IPL match against Kolkata Knight Riders, as they reached the target within 12 overs to win their first match this season.
Pathan, who blazed his way to 42 off 20 balls, single-handedly guided Delhi to victory, was awarded the man of the match award for his fantastic innings.
Chasing 98 to win off 12 overs, Aaron Finch and Virender Sehwag gave Delhi a perfect start as they posted 49 runs for the first wicket, while Irfan Pathan and GJ Maxwell were involved in a 43-run partnership for the third wicket which guided the team to an easy eight wicket win over Kolkata Knight Riders.
"The wicket just got better. I've played at the Eden earlier and it's always on the slower side. Probably it (the wicket) got settled because of the rain. The ball came nicely to the bat," Irfan, who was adjudged the man of the match, told reporters in the post-match media interaction.
When asked about the toss, he said the team did very well after opting to bowl first, as Morne Morkel was impressive with a very good spell claiming three important wickets inlcuding two wickets off two consecutive balls in the third over of Kolkata Knight Riders' innings.
"Absolutely, it was a good toss to win. In shorter games you generally tend to panic. if you bat first you don't know what target to set. Morne changed the whole momentum for us," Irfan said giving credit to Morne Morkel who took three for 18.
"When you lose two wickets in an over, it's tough to set a target. But they (Kolkata Knight Riders) are a good side. They still came close to us. It's a good win for us. It can take us a long way," said Irfan.
Irfan also faced his elder brother Yusuf in the penultimate over, and a boundary off that over which went in Delhi's favour was indeed an emptional moment for the brothers.
"That's the only thing I don't look forward to. He is my brother and I've emotional attachment. He will be with me for the whole my life. Somewhere down the line he was bowling a crucial over and I hit a four. Hope my family is not too angry with me," he said with a smile.
With an impressive performance in the opening match, Irfan Pathan has set a few standards for himself as the tournament progresses while he hopes to perform better in the tournament which is spread from April 4 to May 27.