IPL 2018: Gautam Gambhir slams Delhi Daredevils batsmen as they fail to chase down 143

first_imgDelhi Daredevils captain Gautam Gambhir and his team didn’t have a happy homecoming at the Feroz Shah Kotla as they failed to chase down a modest 143 versus Punjab on Monday in the Indian Premier League.Needing 144 to win, Delhi failed to built partnerships on regular intervals and ended up losing the match by 4 runs despite Shreyas Iyer’s valiant 45-ball 57.The Daredevils were 42/3 from 5.3 over and lost half their side in the 12th over when Dan Christian was run-out, with the team’s score on 76. Rahul Tewatia and Iyer did try to forge a partnership but their 47-run stand was broken when the former fell to Andrew Tye on the last ball of the 18th over. Needing 21 off 12 balls, Barinder Sran bowled a fantastic over, giving away just four runs and picking up the wicket of debutant Liam Plunkett to leave the equation to 17 off 6 balls. Iyer did try to long haul the Afghanistan spinner Mujeeb Ur Rahman but could only manage 12 off the over — thus, DD losing the match by four runs.Confidence. Passion. Spirit. #DDvKXIP #LivePunjabiPlayPunjabi pic.twitter.com/LZmYjMjQ98Kings XI Punjab (@lionsdenkxip) April 23, 2018And their skipper wasn’t pleased about the effort from the batsmen after the bowlers did a fantastic job to restrict the Chris Gayle-less KXIP to 143/8 from their 20 overs.ALSO READ: IPL 2018: This is the game we needed to get past, says Ashwin after KXIP’s 4th straight win”I thought in the first six overs when you lose three wickets, you let the opposition back in the game. We did score runs but also lost too many wickets. Our bowlers did really well to restrict them but we lost too many wickets in the first six and it’s always difficult when that happens,” said Gambhir.advertisementHowever, when asked about the positives, he felt Iyer and the young duo of Prithvi Shaw and Avesh Khan did stand out.”He was brilliant and also Avesh did really well. Shaw is someone who is also for the future,” said the Delhi captain.3 wickets on his VIVO @IPL debut. No doubts about this [email protected] is the @suzuki2wheelers DD Player of the Game for tonight!#DilDilli #Dhadkega #DDvKXIP pic.twitter.com/1ATH9oMprEDelhi Daredevils (@DelhiDaredevils) April 23, 2018He was also optimistic about making a comeback in the tournament with 8 matches to go in the group stages.”Still 8 more games to go and we can catch up. We got to win seven out of eight and need to play some really good cricket. Good part is that our bowling was really good today but our batsmen couldn’t complete the job,” said the 36-year-old.DD, who have now won one and lost five of their six games, next host Kolkata Knight Riders on Friday while league leaders KXIP, with 10 points in the bag, will next play Sunrisers Hyderabad on Thursday.last_img read more