Team spirit carried the day, says proud Warne

Shane Watson scored 58, while Warne recorded a four-wicket haul. “It was one of those days when a few things went right for us.

“Our fielding and catching was superb, our intensity was great and all the bowlers did a great job,” Warne said.

“We have responded well as a group. Young (Aditya) Dole took a few wickets, Morne (Morkel) bowled a beautiful spell, Watson played a fine innings. A loss today would have really hurt us.

“Sid (Siddharth Trivedi) is experienced. He has the slower ones and the bouncers. I just backed him to bowl the last over. I am very very happy with the boys; we never gave up. That’s the spirit of Rajasthan Royals.

“This is the time to start peaking. We are going to get a lots of momentum from this win,” he added.

His Deccan Chargers counterpart Adam Gilchrist, meanwhile, blamed the defeat on the failure of the top-order batsmen.

“We were very desperate for a win. There was a marked improvement in our cricket but obviously very frustrating. The top-order can take a bit of blame for it. I had my chances when I was there; I let it slip,” Gilchrist said.

The former Australian stumper praised Rohit Sharma for his 44-ball 73 which almost took them to the doorstep of victory.

“It was a great innings from Rohit, He kept us alive till the end. He did a great job,” he said.

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