Pune, May 23: Delhi Daredevils skipper Virender Sehwag on Tuesday blamed his team's poor batting after falling short by 18 runs, to miss out on the chances of qualifying for the IPL final for the first time since its inception in 2008.
Chasing 163 to win, Delhi Daredevils managed just 144/8 in 20 overs as they lost their openers David Warner and skipper Sehwag within 3 overs, which added pressure on the middle order.
After his team's loss to KKR on Tuesday, Sehwag said, "We did not bat well, 160 was chaseable. The required batting effort was just not there. We lost two early wickets and failed to make it in the last few overs."
When asked if team selection played a role in the team's loss as spinner Nadeem was left out, he backed the pace-duo Umesh Yadav and Varun Aaron.
"Varun Aaron and Umesh Yadav have bowled brilliantly for me. I cannot sit them out. It was a tough choice but we thought that the grass might help the pace bowlers," he said.
However, Sehwag was confident of making it to the final of IPL 5 in the second qualifier as they still stand a chance as they need to play against the winner of the eliminator which is scheduled to be played at M Chinnaswamy Stadium on Wednesday.
"We have another chance to get there, we cannot relax, need to go all out," Sehwag said.