New Delhi, Apr 22: Shocked by a marginally weaker opponent in Pune Warriors, Delhi Daredevils captain Virender Sehwag said his counterpart Sourav Ganguly's double-strike with the bowl and his own dismissal turned the game around at the Ferozshah Kotla stadium on Saturday in New Delhi.
Ganguly's overall performance with the bat scoring 41 and claimed two crucial wickets of big hitters Kevin Pietersen and Irfan Pathan to help Pune to 20-run win over a strong Delhi Daredevils side.
"Dada's two wickets came at a crucial time," Sehwag's replied when asked about Ganguly's two for 27 bowling spell.
Sehwag, who smashed 57 off 32 balls, said his own dismissal was the turning point, "Absolutely, it (my dismissal) was crucial because the way I was batting I should have continued."
Chasing a mammoth total of 192, the Daredevils promoted Mahela Jayawardene up the order to open the batting with Sehwag instead of regular Naman Ojha.
"Nothing went in our favour today. Our bowling and batting changes didn't work. I changed the batting order because of the pressure of chasing 190, but we lost two crucial wickets (Pietersen and Pathan) in quick succession," Sehwag said at the post-match press conference.
"Big players don't guarantee you win. Chasing 190 there is always pressure on the batsmen because you need to hit every ball.
"Me and Naman were not giving good starts, so I just thought of promoting Mahela as he has done remarkably well in the recent past opening he batting for Sri Lanka," the Delhi skipper added.
Despite the upset defeat, Delhi continues to top the table with eight points, while Pune jumped to third position.
The two teams will clash again in a return leg tie at the Pune's Subrata Roy Shara Stadium on Tuesday, April 24.