It's been a heartening win: Warne

Shane Warne said his side's victory over a star-studded Kings XI was heartening as they did it without some big names.

updated: April 22, 2008 10:47 IST
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Rajasthan Royals captain Shane Warne on Monday said his inexperienced side's comfortable victory over a star-studded Kings XI Punjab was all the more heartening that they did it without some class players who are joining the team soon.

"We're really a young side and disappointed by the loss in Delhi. We had wanted to prove we can beat any side. So, I am really happy to play like this and win against a strong side," Warne after his team's six-wicket victory over Kings XI Punjab.

"Graeme Smith and Morne Morkel are joining soon and Dmitri Mascarenhas later on. Graeme is a class player, a solid and experienced player at the top order. We have a lot to benefit from him. So, I am happy we won without them, things are looking up for us," the Australian, who is also the coach of the team, said.

"For the last seven days, we have been trying to gel among ourselves and I think it is going to get better from now on.

"Munaf (Patel) bowled the first overs well. Youngsters like (Ravindra) Jadeja played well, I am happy with their efforts," said Warne, who also showed glimpses of his magic with a 3 for 19 performance to restrict the Punjab side to 166 for 8.

Warne's opposite number Yuvraj Singh rued that his side did not put up a bigger score.

"We had a good start but lost the way later on. We did not have enough total on board. Then Shane Watson took the game away from us," said a disappointed Yuvraj.

"We have to be positive and believe in ourselves. We have a good side, the only thing is that we are not clicking together. I want to start winning and keep on the momentum," Yuvraj said.

When asked how he was enjoying captaining the side, the India ODI vice-captain said he was finding it hard at the moment as his team was not winning.

"We are not winning, so it's hard to be a captain," he said.

Man of the match Shane Watson credited the win to team effort.

"We have a young side but as Warnie had said we were disappointed after losing in Delhi. We really worked hard and won today. I am happy that I am hitting the ball well and helping the side win," he said.

Watson added the pitch was to his liking as it has "bit of pace and bounce" like the ones in Australia.

"I have been trying to adjust to the conditions. This wicket is nearly similar to those in Australia, so I think I am doing better because of this," he said.

Young Ravindra Jadeja, who contributed a valuable 25-ball 36, said he remained positive throughout the innings despite facing the likes of Brett Lee and Sreesanth and that paid off.

"I was in the positive frame of mind. It was great experience to face Lee and Sreesanth, but I stayed positive and I am happy I scored against them," he said.

"When I went out to bat I thought I would score ones and twos and keep the strike rotating. Warne told me to remain till the end," said the young all-rounder who played a big part in India's Under 19 World Cup triumph.