Sehwag credits his bowlers for Delhi's victory

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Published: Wednesday, April 25, 2012, 12:58 [IST]
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Sehwag credits his bowlers for Delhi win

Pune, Apr 25: Delhi Daredevils captain Virender Sehwag has praised his bowlers for the thumping eight-wicket victory over Pune Warriors at the Subrata Roy Sahara Stadium on Tuesday.

Delhi bowlers kept Pune to 146/2 in 20 overs and in the chase Sehwag blasted a 48-ball 87 not out to seal Delhi's fifth victory in seven matches. Delhi cantered home, achieving the target in 16 overs. They avenged their loss to Pune in Delhi recently. They are on top of the points table.

“Good to be (on) top of the table, all because of my bowlers as they did a fantastic job,” Sehwag said.

Pune lost two wickets for two runs and it remained the same for the rest of the innings. However, Delhi bowlers restricted the scoring from Pune batsmen Manish Pandey and Robin Uthappa.

Irfan Pathan and Morne Morkel took a wicket each but spinner Shahbaz Nadeem and Pawan Negi were the real stars with the ball. Both spinners combined together gave away 44 runs in eight overs.

"They (Pune) recovered well after losing a couple of wickets early on but they couldn't get past 150, which is chaseable," the Delhi captain added.

Pune skipper Sourav Ganguly felt 170 to 180 would have been a par score.

“We lost a couple of wickets early, we didn't get enough runs, so 170-180 would be a par score,” Ganguly, who did not have a good game, said.

“It's a good wicket, not a big ground. We were under six an over for about 13 overs and then got some runs in the end,” the former India skipper added.

Delhi's Mahela Jayawardene said: “In the last game, we made a lot of mistakes, we spoke about it. Our bowlers bowled very well today, and the batting clicked as well. We are getting a lot of things right, but there are areas (where) we can improve. It's a long tournament, still halfway to go, we can't get complacent.”


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