Uthappa: Harare deck not ideal for T20s

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India batsman Robin Uthappa says the deck they've been playing on in Harare has not been the easiest to bat on, and felt India did well in the first T20 against Zimbabwe to get a defendable score.

India won by 54 runs thanks to a string of top order 30s that saw them post 178 for five. Uthappa made 39, and said it was tougher than it looked, even though they had played three ODIs at the ground already.

Uthappa said on Cricinfo: "I thought it was a very good score, given the wicket. The wicket was again very slow. Not like the T20 wickets that you play on all around the world.

"Generally when you play T20 cricket you get good flat, even tracks that help the bowlers and the batsmen, and basically are even: if the bowlers bowl well then you get wickets, and if the batters bat well they get runs.

"This was quite different. It was slow and low, hard to score runs and hard to score boundaries. You had to depend on the twos and make sure you back yourself.

"And you also know that it's not easy for the new batsman to come in and play shots, you've got to give yourself time. So it was important for me to hold one end up for the side.

"I realized that once Manish got out, we needed one batsman to bat through. I was very happy to do that for the team."  

He then said that India's players felt zero pressure playing a T20 against Zimbabwe, as the pressure in the IPL was far more intense: "We play so much of T20 cricket, all of us must have played 100 games each in the IPL, and there the pressure is a lot more.

"There's more of a crowd, you want to perform, you're playing the best players in the world. You're already basically cooked when you're coming in here, so you're ready for it."

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