Chennai, May 5: Deccan Chargers skipper Kumar Sangakkara blamed his fielders for their 10-run loss against defending champions Chennai Super Kings, saying his side dropped far too many catches in a tight game.
"It is about holding to catches, I know mistakes happen but we dropped far too many to win a close game. We batted and bowled well but our fielding has cost us many games this season," Sangakkara said during the post match conference on Friday.
Cameron White played a crucial solo innings of 77, but despite starting the run-chase well, Deccan were short of 10 runs in the end.
"It was a case of getting a good start, we got a good start, but they came back well with some good fielding and we couldn't get back into the game. White batted exceptionally well. We have some young guys but we have to get the basics rights," he said.
Chennai skipper MS Dhoni blamed the slow Chepauk track for their recent slump in two games at home.
"The wicket has become slower, difficult for us to capitalise in the latter overs, because of the pitch. It is happening now, it happened last Champions League as well," he said.
CSK pacer Doug Bollinger was dropped bringing in Ben Hilfenhaus, who plays his first game this season.
"Doug Bollinger is bowling well in the nets, but too many no-balls in the nets, so we need to assess how he goes. Ben Hilfenhaus did a good job today." Dhoni said.
Deccan Chargers coach Darren Lehmann also blamed the fielders saying that they gave away around 30-40 odd runs which cost them the game.
"We seem to be losing to Chennai all the time. We are really working hard on the track and we are not just very good in the field at the moment. For us, it is a case of keeping working hard," Lehmann told reporters after the match.
"It is a young squad and sometimes it is disappointing that some of the players are making mistakes. We have just got to get better," he said.
Suresh Raina was adjudged the Man of the match for his all-round show claiming the crucial wicket of Kumar Sangakkara and scoring a quick 32.
Raina has not been able to capitalise on his starts in this season and the left-hander said he needs to bat longer to contribute more to his team.
"I think I need to spend more time at the crease, hitting them well but need to bat till 15th. Whenever the left-handed batsman comes in, Dhoni asks me to bowl. We need to bat well, put some good scores on the board and defend well," he said.
Both teams play again on Sunday May 6, Chennai clash against Mumbai at the Wankhede while the Chargers will play against Rahul Dravid-led Rajasthan Royals.