Calcutta/Jaipur: The victory over the Kolkata Knight Riders on Monday, Rajasthan Royals' second consecutive in the ongoing IPL, was the triumph of proper backroom planning and execution, feels Siddharth Trivedi.
The medium pacer, who captured three crucial wickets to be adjudged the man of the match, said the Royals intentionally played five fast bowlers in the match. "As per the planning, we played all fast bowlers," Trivedi said.
"We knew the ball was seaming well on this wicket and there was lot of carry. It helped and we were also lucky to get the right wickets at the right time," said Trivedi.
Royals' captain Rahul Dravid was happy with the team performance. "It's a good way to start the tournament. It's nice to get into a little bit of momentum at the start of the tournament. This was a good win… The boys have put up a great performance today…"
The Royals, Trivedi said, were confident of defending the total of 144 for six. "We knew KKR were a strong team. Our plan was to capture a couple of wickets in the first six overs and then see what happens. Luckily for us, the idea clicked. It put us on top."
The Royals' pacer said they were not perturbed by Eoin Morgan's presence in the middle. "He was batting very well but wickets were falling at the other end. We were waiting for our chances."
Dravid praised the bowlers. "With the bat, I thought we were a little bit below par… We were at least 20-25 runs short… But the bowlers responded brilliantly today.
"There are a couple of things that turned the match in our favour… The partnership in the end between Brad Hodge and Dishant Yagnik had given us a decent total to defend… And then, we took wickets up front. Siddharth Trivedi bowled tightly and didn't give their batsmen any room to free their arms.
"We kept taking wickets at regular intervals. Gambhir is the batsman in form. So getting his wicket was a big bonus…" said Dravid.