Chargers played good cricket in IPL 5: Sangakkara

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Published: Monday, May 21, 2012, 12:24 [IST]
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'Chargers played consistently in IPL 5'

Hyderabad, May 21: Deccan Chargers, who were rooted to the bottom ensured that they finished eighth in the points table after their nine-run victory over Royal Challengers Bangalore at Hyderabad on Sunday.

Chargers skipper Kumar Sangakkara was pleased with his team's performance as they played very well in the last two matches against Rajasthan Royals and Royal Challengers Bangalore to finish their campaign on a high as they were placed ahead of Pune Warriors in the points table.

"Two back-to-back wins feels good. The guys played good cricket in the two matches (against Rajasthan Royals and RCB). All of us chipped in and that was the important thing. I know it's a heartbreak for RCB but I am happy that we won. The boys played good cricket," Sangakkara said at the post-match press conference after his side beat Royal Challengers Bangalore by nine runs.

Sangakkara defended his team's performance in the fifth edition of IPL and said, they played good cricket but results did not favour them and praised his batsmen for their consistency.

"I think we played really good cricket but unfortunately the results did not go in our way. We batted really well throughout the tournament with Shikhar Dhawan, Cameron White and JP Duminy and also Akshat Reddy.

Though he felt the team needs to improve their fielding as it is very important in the shortest format.

"Bowlers like Gony, Ashish Reddy and Veer Pratap Sngh did well and a lot of encouragement for us to look forward. We need to improve our fielding because it is most important in this format of the game," he said.

Talking about Dale Steyn's fiery bowling he said the South African gave a lot of confidence to other bowlers.

"I think he has bowled a few good spells like this. Coming in a crunch game like this, he carried us through with the entire deck on his shoulders. He gave other bowlers the confidence. He helps other bowlers also and keeps them calm. That's why he is the best bowler in the world."

The Sri Lankan cricketer, when asked about Chris Gayle, said the Jamaican was smashing good balls and sending it to the stands.

"There's nothing really that you can say. He was really hitting good balls for six. The first one he hit was a fantastic ball by Manpreet Gony, just the back of a length delivery. He just went across and put it out.

"With a guy like that you bowl as many balls as possible in good areas and rest is left to Gayle either to hit them out of the park or get out. I think Dale Steyn had good plan as to what to bowl to Gayle and that worked. Lucky to get an inside edge but Steyn's pace and his short length bothered him a bit today," he added.

Though he defended Amit Mishra, Sangakkara did feel that the leg spinner was very efficient last season than in IPL 5, as he had emerged as the highest wicket taker for Deccan Chargers in 2011.

"To me what he bowled last season (IPL-IV where Mishra emerged highest wicket taker for DC) was magic. But injuries and fitness issues bothered a bit. You need to give him that support, love and encouragement to getting back into his rhythm. And he showed that by bowling to few of the best batsmen in the last two games."


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