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‘We executed the plans well’

Jaipur captain Shane Warne on Friday lauded his team for “perfect execution” of their plans to rout Delhi in the semi-final, reports HT Correspondent.
Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent, Mumbai
UPDATED ON JUN 01, 2008 12:34 AM IST

Jaipur captain Shane Warne on Friday lauded his team for “perfect execution” of their plans to rout Delhi in the semi-final and urged them to produce one last such performance in the final of the Indian Premier League on Sunday.

“It was exceptional the way the guys responded. Everything went right for us. We executed the plans very well. It was like a perfect game for us," an ecstatic Warne said after beating Delhi by 105 runs at the Wankhede Stadium Friday night.

“We had some plans for this match and they have come off well," he added.

Jaipur were given no chance by critics at the start of the IPL tournament. After they showed fire in the initial stages, the underdog tag was attached to them but it did not stay long and soon they found themselves among the favourites to win the inaugural IPL. And led-by a shrewd captain in Warne, they have certainly lived up to the billing.

We handle players well: Berry

Mumbai: Jaipur's director of coaching Darren Berry has attributed the team's stupendous success in the IPL to the management's fine handling of the players and treating them equally.

Asked about Warne influence in the team's passage into the summit clash, Berry said the legendary spinner has groomed youngsters like Dinesh Salunkhe, Swapnil Asnodkar and Ravindra Jadeja. "We have created an environment in which all players have been given equal importance. In team meetings we have spoken about walking on the edge and told them if they fall we will catch them," he said at the launch of the Emerging Media Cricket Star T20 Season 3 here.

"When Dinesh Salunkhe sits next to Shane Warne in the dressing room they are brothers. That's the major factor in Jaipur's success in the tournament," he said.

Berry dispelled notions that T20 cricket will affect the traditional form of the game.

Organisers slapped Rs 1m bill

Mumbai: Even as the Maharashtra government decided to waive tax to the IPL 20-Twenty matches played in the state, the Mumbai police has slapped a Rs. 10 lakh bill on the organisers for using the Wankhade stadium and providing escort to players during their stay in Mumbai.

Highly placed sources in the Mumbai police told HT on Saturday that keeping in view the fact that the IPL matches are an entrepreneurial venture and are entertainment in nature, the decision to charge them was taken. Agencies and HTC

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