Zaheer: ‘Eight out of 10 times we would have chased down 158’

Delhi Daredevils’ captain attributed his team’s defeat to Royal Challengers Bangalore to lack of partnerships among his batsmen.

Rishabh Pant (in picture) showed a lot of courage, Zaheer Khan said.   -  PTI

Delhi Daredevils captain Zaheer Khan was unhappy with his side’s failure to chase down a target of 158. He attributed the 15-run loss to lack of partnerships during the chase.

“Eight out of 10 times we would have got this total. We could not get the partnerships going. The wicket was very good for batting. We were going at a good rate but we just did not have partnerships,” Zaheer said after the match.

Talking about young Rishabh, who played in the match despite the passing away of his father and scored a 36-ball 57, Zaheer said, “He (Pant) played well, and just needed support at the other end. Pant showed a lot of courage, he has undergone personal trauma, we are all with him.”

Zaheer said the wicket was a bit on the drier side and that was one of the reasons 158 was gettable. “We have a good balance of fast bowlers and spinners. We also have Jayant sitting on the sidelines. It is just the beginning of the tournament.”

‘Great win’

RCB captain Shane Watson said, “It was a great win. To get to that score Kedar did really well. We stepped it up from the first game with the ball and in the field. Kedar got the momentum going.”

Asked about choosing Pawan Negi to bowl the final over, which resulted in Pant’s dismissal, Watson said, “My gut feeling went with Negi. Pant had not seen him all night. Negi did it against his old team. Chahal has done it for RCB for a long time, he has done it for India as well.”

Man-of-the-Match Jadhav said, “At the age of 15, I was improvising. Once I got power, I started hitting big shots. I keep all the options open and just react to the ball. I look short but I work hard on my fitness in the gym. When two of your top players are not playing, you need to take responsibility,” he said, referring to the absence of captain Virat Kohli and South African AB de Villiers.

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