Captain Mahela Jayawardene was once again left impressed by the teamwork of his Kochi outfit after they notched up a third successive victory.
After losing their opening two games in the Indian Premier League, the Tuskers hit back with wins over pre-tournament favourites Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians and then completed a hat-trick of wins with a six-run defeat of the Kolkata Knight Riders on Wednesday.
Put in to bat, the visitors could only muster 132 for seven but their bowlers produced a determined effort to see them over the line, much to Jayawardene’s delight.
“It’s all about teamwork. We believe in our abilities. We try and execute game plans accordingly. Everyone applaud each other’s success. It’s really great to have a group like that. We just had to be clinical in executing,” the Sri Lankan said after the game.
“This is the good thing about IPL, playing in different surfaces, you got to adapt to the situation. The bowlers bowled brilliantly under pressure today and fielding was outstanding. It was a very good team effort.”
Jayawardene says Kolkata captain Gautam Gambhir’s decision to field first didn’t make much of a difference to their plans and also revealed they felt beforehand that the wicket would suit spinner Muttiah Muralitharan.
“We were going to bat first so it didn’t make a difference. I thought the wicket will slow down. We had made up our mind to bat first,” he said
“We make changes according to opposition and the conditions. We had to make this tough call of replacing an inform Thisara Perera. But the conditions assisted spinner and Murali was the obvious choice.
“Having seen Rajasthan’s game, I thought 130 would be a good competitive total. You analyse the game and think. But we could have got more than that.
“Having said that, our guys did a great job in getting there. We were in a position for 15-20 more runs.” Cricket365