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Sanga urges Deccan to keep winning momentum

April 15, 2011 09:03 IST

After his team crushed Royal Challengers Bangalore by 33 runs and notched its first victory at home, Deccan Chargers captain Kumar

Sangakkara asked his players not to get carried away but work hard towards build a winning momentum.

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"It is a great feeling to notch our first win at home. But we need to build a winning momentum in the coming matches. The situation can change very quickly in this tournament and so we need to keep our feet on the ground," Sangakkara said after his side's victory.

Saying it was a collective effort, he picked Bharat Chipli for special praise.

Chipli's unbeaten 61 helped Deccan post 175.

"It was a collective effort by the team. We batted very well to score 175 and that took the game away from Bangalore. Chipli batted fantastic and then the bowlers were brilliant," said the Sri Lankan.

Asked if there was talk in the dressing room about the jinx of not winning any match at home in the IPL before Thursday,

Sangakkara said, "It was all about mindset. We did not do anything much different. We wanted to play our best and we did that today."

RCB captain Daniel Vettori rued his side could not chase down the target of 176 on a "very good" surface.

"It was a very good surface for Twenty20 cricket. We thought we can chase down. But probably we lost because we did not bowl and field well today," he said.

"We had allowed Deccan to score 20-odd more runs. They (Deccan) played well and deserved to win," said the New Zealander.

Man-of-the-match Dale Steyn said as soon as he started bowling he was delighted to find out that the pitch offered swing and carry.

"I was excited that there was swing and carry. But it was a team effort. Ishant bowled well upfront and then Manpreet took three wickets," he said.

"Ishant was asking me whether he should bowl bouncers. I told him to bowl the way he normally bowls without any pressure. I told him to keep the basics and keep the length and line right," said the South African, who took three for 24 from his four overs.

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