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HindustanTimes Fri,29 Aug 2014

High PL : News

Youngsters did the trick for us: Gilchrist

"The match could have gone either way. I thought (Pragyan) Ojha did a wonderful job, picking those two wickets of Manish Pandey and Van der Merwe," Gilchrist said after Deccan Chargers beat B'lore Royal Challengers by six runs.

We gifted the match to Deccans, rues Mallya

Bangalore Royal Challengers' owner Vijay Mallya believes his team goofed it up in the last five overs and served the IPL title on a platter to the Deccan Chargers.

One more win will be nice: Anil Kumble

Former India captain Kumble, who took over the reins from an unimpressive Kevin Pietersen midway through the league, said the party will start with one more win - the final.

We were 15-20 runs short: Dhoni

"We were looking at around 160. We were some 15-20 runs short," said Chennai Super Kings captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni at the post-match ceremony.

T20 at par with Test cricket: Gilchrist

"I think Twenty20 cricket applies more pressure on the players. It is at par with Test cricket simply because in T20s it is a real battle of wits," says Deccan Chargers skipper Adam Gilchrist.

Gilchrist gave us no chance: Sehwag

"I thought 153 was a defendable total but the way Gilchrist batted, we could do very little. It was Gilchrist's day," said  Delhi Daredevils captain Virender Sehwag.

Dilli-ka-ratne

In a chat with G Krishnan, Delhi Daredevils' Tillakaratne Dilshan says he is in very good form at the moment and have been scoring consistently for Sri Lanka in the last six or seven months.

‘Captaining Mumbai has been tough’

In a chat with G Krishnan, Mumbai Indians captain said the Daredevils have been playing really well. Their batting looked pretty solid and bowling is balanced.

We’ve ourselves to blame for mess

As I’ve said, our bowling and fielding has been good but the batting has let us down consistently, and this has affected our progress in the tournament.

Snape shot for success: Putting mind over matter

The Rajasthan Royals have stood out for their mental toughness. In a chat with Jeremy Snape, the Royals’ high performance coach and psychologist, HT finds out what keeps the team going, reports Subhash Rajta.

‘Must accept ankle won’t be same’

A serious ankle injury and the lengthy lay-off have failed to dim the contagious smile and childlike enthusiasm. Instead, the setback has fired up Brett Lee to touch new milestones. Lee spoke to HT on how he coped with the injury and doubts.

Choking them with a smile

For someone with more international wickets than anybody in history that may seem surprising but Murali explained to HT that T20 for him is more about containment than taking wickets.

Devils’ advocate

In a chat with Atreyo Mukhopadhyay, Delhi Daredevils' Glenn McGrath says you’ve got to be on the spot from the first ball. You have to read the batsman’s mind and decide when to slip in a short one or when to bowl fuller length.

I don’t waste starts: Dilshan

In a chat with Subhash Rajta, Delhi Daredevils’ Tillakaratne Dilshan says I try to get a start and then stay out there till the end. You can’t afford to get out after scoring 30-40 runs, as the new batsman will find it difficult to come in and start scoring quickly.

I keep finding ways of picking balls to hit: Yusuf

In a chat with Atreyo Mukhopadhyay, Yusuf Pathan says that he enjoys hitting the ball and finding ways of picking the balls to hit.
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