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Lured Pietersen into a trap, says Tambe

Calcutta: The couple of wickets Pravin Tambe took proved crucial in Rajasthan Royals’ thumping win over Delhi DareDevils and the leg-spinner said it feels good to come out trumps against the likes of Kevin Pietersen after enticing them to target him.

Tambe’s crucial wickets of Pietersen and Quinton de Kock helped the Royals restrict the hosts to 152 for five — a target which his team overhauled in 18.3 overs.

“His (Pietersen’s) wicket was very important because he is a big player and everyone knows that.

“And if he stays at the wicket, he can turn things around for his team. We knew that he would target at least one bowler,” Tambe told IPL’s official website.

“I was the only spinner, so I thought he would target me. I knew the areas that I had to bowl in, and I bowled according to the plan and got his wicket. I lured him into a trap,” he said.