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Sunday, June 19, 2011

Chawla was top class: Gilly

Dharamsala, May 15: Adam Gilchrist was a happy man after his team won its third successive game in IPL 2011. Kings XI Punjab’s 29-run victory against Delhi Daredevils has kept the door ajar for the Punjab franchise for an entry into the Playoffs.

Gilchrist and man-of-the-match Piyush Chawla [4-0-16-3] addressed the media after the game.

Excerpts from the post-match press conference:

Adam Gilchrist

On Delhi putting up a weak fight

They were doing all they could. It’s a difficult situation. I’ve been in that situation before where it’s all over pretty early. It’s the end of a long season for a lot of their players. They were right in the hunt early on but then, obviously, chasing that total and the partnership between [Shaun] Marsh and [Paul] Valthaty is what broke their back. And then the bowling effort was superb.

On KXIP’s chances of making it to the Playoffs

Same situation as before the game. We have got to keep winning. We have two more games to go and we have to try and win. That’s all we can do. The chances don’t change much.

On having any specific plan for Chris Gayle in their next game against Royal Challengers Bangalore

He’s doing ok [laughs]. We are not going to sit here and tell the world what the plan is. But we’ll think about that. We’ll enjoy tonight because you got to acknowledge your victories. But tomorrow we’ll start planning.

On whether it will be a tough game against RCB

Every game is tough in the IPL. Two games ago we were playing the top team in the IPL and we beat them by 70 runs [Mumbai Indians]. So anything is possible. That’s what this team does know. We don’t take anything for the granted.

On whether KXIP were lucky to win the game since Delhi dropped a couple of catches and missed an easy run out

I don’t use the term ‘luck’. I think you create opportunities when you are in the field. If you are not disciplined you miss opportunities. Your own standard of fielding creates and makes those opportunities.

On Piyush Chawla’s Man-of-the-Match performance

PC was just absolutely top class. He missed a couple of games. He’s gone away and he’s come back and shown in the last few games that he is an international standard bowler. A very good one at that.

Piyush Chawla

On whether his improved bowling because of selection is coming a little late in the tournament

What is not in my hands, I cannot handle. I can go to the ground and perform. That’s the only thing I can do.

On what he is doing differently in the last few games

Well, it’s not about doing things differently. The plan was not very different from the previous games. But in this game and in the last game I bowled a little better because I had some time to think about mixing my pace.