Chargers fielded like an U-14 team, says Lehmann

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Published: Wednesday, April 18, 2012, 12:16 [IST]
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Lehmann blames poor fielding for loss

Jaipur, Apr 18: Deccan Chargers coach Darren Lehmann blamed the team's poor fielding for the loss against Rajasthan Royals as they couldn't defend a target of 197 in the league match played at Jaipur on Tuesday.

"We should have taken the catches and should not have allowed the ball pass between the legs while fielding. It was like an under-14 team on the ground," a visibly disappointed coach Lehmann said the media conference.

Deccan Chargers registered their third consecutive loss on Tuesday, and witnessed yet another heart-beaking loss as Rajasthan Royals reached the target with two balls to spare.

"It was really disappointing to suffer three defeats in a row. In fact it should have been 2-1 because it was a flip of the coin case against Mumbai and same here. We bowled badly with the new ball but then it was same for both teams."

The team depended a lot on a few bowlers. While Amit Mishra managed to grab three wickets, Steyn did not impress anyone, as Royals plundered them for 62 runs in the powerplay.

Dale Steyn, who bowled 3.4 overs, conceded 44 runs making things worse for Chargers.

"Steyn also did not bowl well. Our new ball attack was not up to the mark. It has been a disappointing start of the tournament for us," conceded Lehmann.

He said the boys were not paying attention to what has been told which is causing problems and there is a need to improve and plan different strategies.

"We will have to work on lot of things and perhaps the boys are not listening to what is being told to them. We have to plan different strategy but the dressing room atmosphere is quiet," he added.


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