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Tait bowled beautifully, says Warne

Jaipur: Rajasthan Royals notched up their second victory in IPL-IV as they defeated the Delhi DareDevils by six wickets, on Tuesday.

Captain Shane Warne, who was one of the major architects of the win with his miserly and effective spell of two for 17, however, remained grounded as he said that there were still a few areas where the Royals could improve.

Speaking at the post-match presentation ceremony, the legendary Australian leg-spinner said that though the overall bowling of the team was good, they will have to improve their bowling at the death.

“It’s not bad to have two wins from two matches… But there are still a few areas where we can improve. We could have improved our bowling in the end… We could have bowled them out earlier. Credit to them, they batted really well. But our overall intensity in bowling was great,” Warne, who was also awarded the Man of the Match, said.

Warne also had special praise for speedster Shaun Tait for providing the Royals with a brilliant start as he removed Virender Sehwag, the DareDevils captain, in the very first over.

“Tait set the scene first up… The first over was sensational. That’s the thing you need in T20s. Viru is a dangerous player... Tait bowled beautifully. I’m pretty happy with our overall performance,” Warne said.

“Also, our batting at the top was good… Rahul (Dravid) and (Johan) Botha made things easier for us. Botha is a clever cricketer, a smart cricketer… He did a great job for us today batting at No.3,” he added.

On a lighter note, Warne said that playing in T20s doesn’t need top level fitness since he had to bowl just four overs. “I just have to bowl 4 overs, so I can’t get too tired... But I’ve been training hard,” he added.

The Royals’ form will be a cause of worry for the Kolkata Knight Riders as they play two matches on the trot against Warne’s team.

Losing captain Sehwag said it was high time he started scoring runs. “I need to score… If I score there is a better chance for us to win.”

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