Gilchrist relieved to get home win

dam Gilchrist was relieved with his team’s narrow victory over Mohali in Cuttack, their first win at home.

Hyderabad, put in to bat first, had squandered a flying start and only reached a defendable 170 for seven thanks to a brilliant 53 from Andrew Symonds.

Mohali then suffered a top-order collapse and although Irfan Pathan got them close with a commanding 60 off only 29 deliveries, the visitors fell short by six runs.

“It was a funny sort of wicket, not exactly a belter, but it kept a little low and slow and I thought we may have been 10 or 15 short with the bat,” Gilchrist said.

“With the momentum and the start we had, I thought we let Mohali back into the game.

“VVS’ departure was an extraordinary sequence of events and my wicket along with the others that followed saw us lose plenty of ground.

“But the guys stuck in there and even pinched a few extra runs off that final over.

“Then we started well with the ball and the bowlers showed great courage early, but again we almost gave it away when Irfan was batting.

Jaskaran Singh came on with one over to go and got the wicket of Irfan and saw us home.”

Mohali needed 19 from the final over and Jaskaran, who had not bowled in the innings until then, removed Irfan with his first delivery.

Gilchrist added: “Jaskaran had come up to me an over before and had pleaded with me to give him a bowl.

“I also had an over left with a spinner which was a bit of a luxury, but in the end decided on Jaskaran and he showed great character and courage.

“He will take a lot of confidence from that as well as the whole team with their first home win.

“Every win is crucial in any stage of this competition and I’m glad we managed a win here.”

For Mohali it was their third straight defeat in the competition but captain Kumar Sangakkara was pleased with the way his team competed.

“Irfan batted magnificently at the end, but I really think the first six overs cost us the game,” Sangakkara said.

“I thought the fielding and bowling was a lot better and we executed our plans well and that brought us back into the game after Hyderabad got a great start.

“We then had to really buckle down and bat which we didn’t do in the first six overs.

“But it just goes to show that if we can compete, it does get closer than you think.

“We have all been working hard and going in the right direction and hopefully we will turn things around in our next game.”

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