Aditya Dole, Michael Lumb won us match: Warne

Rajasthan Royals captain Shane Warne attributed his side's victory over Kings XI Punjab to Aditya Dole's two-wicket burst and Michael Lumb's 43-ball 83.

updated: April 07, 2010 15:36 IST
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Rajasthan Royals captain Shane Warne on Wednesday attributed his side's victory over Kings XI Punjab in the Indian Premier League match to Aditya Dole's two-wicket burst in three balls and Michael Lumb's blistering 43-ball 83.

"(Aditya) Dole showed a lot of character after that dropped catch and his first spell in getting (Mahela) Jayawardene and Yuvraj (Singh) out in the same over (12th over). Then Michael Lumb played a fantastic innings with Naman Ojha supporting him," Warne said after his side's nine-wicket victory.

"It was a very good performance by our bowlers and batters. We also fielded very well. In the last game (against Deccan Chargers) we pulled something out of the bag. We have the momentum with us now," he added.

His side back in semifinal contention, Warne said he was happy to win their first game at home here though they had won thrice in Ahmedabad, their 'adopted home'.

"We have had a tough week. Four games in eight days, lots of travel, lots of matches, very nice to get home here. We have held our home record here," he said.

Rajasthan Royals are now up against Mumbai Indians and Royal Challengers Bangalore in their next two matches here but Warne said with momentum going their way they can beat any side in the tournament.

"Now we have three games at home, two big games coming up. It would be tough matches. With the crowd support here we back ourselves against anyone here at home. This (crowd support) could make the difference," said the legendary leg-spinner.

Kings XI Punjab captain Kumar Sangakkara gave credit to Rajasthan bowlers for restricting them to 150-plus after his side were 100-odd in 10 overs.

"We got a great good start, 100 in 10 overs. They bowled really smartly to hold us back. The 12th over turned the match with the wickets of Yuvraj Singh and Mahela Jayawardene falling in that over. We also could not score much in the last six overs," he said.

"It was a good track, although slow, but they bowled really well. Siddharth Trivedi especially," he added.

In the run chase, Rajasthan raced away to 70 for no loss in the first six overs and Sangakkara conceded that the game was all over by then.

"We didn't bowl or field well. Our bowlers did not bowl at the right areas in the first six overs of Rajasthan run chase. The first six overs cost us the match," said the Sri Lankan.

Man-of-the-match Michael Lumb said his side was always ahead of the asking rate in their run chase.

"We had plans like scoring 55 in the first six overs and may be one wicket down. But we kept getting more all through," he said.

"It is good to be back in Jaipur. Home for us. As Warnie says, it has been our fortress. It was one of my lucky days, everything fell in place for me. Hope to continue like this," he added.