|Ajinkya Rahane on way to his 62 not out,
in Jaipur, on Sunday
Jaipur: Kevon Cooper returned with a four-wicket haul as hosts Rajasthan Royals bundled out lowly Perth Scorchers for a modest 120 in the Group A league match of the Champions League T20 here, on Sunday, to enter semis.
Playing true to expectations and using the home conditions well, Rajasthan Royals moved towards their eleventh successive victory, riding a disciplined performance by their bowlers.
For Rajasthan Royals, Cooper (4 for 18) was the most successful bowler, while Pravin Tambe (2 for 17), James Faulkner (2 for 16) and Shane Watson (1 for 23) also contributed with the ball.
The performance of the team made Rajasthan Royals captain Rahul Dravid happy.
The following are excerpts:
Rahul Dravid: It always feels nice to win… We have played well and deserved to win. It was a really good and clinical performance today. What pleases me more is that we played as a unit.
There is still room for improvement. Actually, one can always improve and can keep getting better… Our focus is to play good cricket.
We also take a lot of satisfaction from the match today. Our bowlers pulled it back brilliantly today, like James Faulkner, Cooper… They bowled in the right areas…
Kevon Cooper: I am really happy with my performance. It’s difficult for an overseas player, particularly for a bowler, to come here and adjust to the conditions. You get only four overs to make an impact. But I think I have bowled well today… It gives me immense satisfaction that I could contribute to my team’s success today.
The yorker is something I practice a lot… It comes really handy, particularly in this format. We sit and plan every game with the support staff.
It’s great to share the dressing room with players like Dravid and Shane Watson… They are greats of the game and I’m learning a lot from them.
Simon Katich: We are making the same mistakes in our batting… But then, we are learning it the hard way… We didn’t get many partnerships going and were about 50-60 short there.
Our bowlers tried their best but nothing worked. Rahane and Samson were too good. For an overseas team, it is difficult to adjust to the conditions. But I believe the youngsters are learning a lot.
We’ve seen how big the standard is here form the Big Bash and it’s a different ball game.