Pune, May 24: Delhi Daredevils vice-captain Mahela Jayawardene has said team goofed up against Kolkata Knight Riders as they played four seamers in the first qualifier on a slow track, which could have played a role in their 18-run loss on Tuesday.
Jayawardene admitted the fact that Delhi went wrong and goofed up with a few tactics as it cost them an opportunity to qualify for the final.
"We have to admit that we didn't get our tactics right. Kolkata played a very good game and in T20 if you make mistakes it is very difficult to make a comeback," the Sri Lankan captain said.
He further added saying that a total of 150 was sufficient and the blamed the team's bowling during the death overs, as they conceded more runs but was confident of his team's chances to reach the final of IPL 5.
"It was a decent wicket. A total of 150 would have been a good score. We didn't bowl well in the last three overs but even after losing two (early) wickets, we still had a chance."
Since Delhi chose to play two spinners against Pune, the move to go with all seamers did raise a few eye-brows but Jayawardene said, "You have to consider that we were playing Pune then and not Kolkata," he said as team selection depends on the opponents as well.
"We have played with this combination and won 11 games. It's a matter of executing a plan, and we have executed it throughout the season. If we had conceded 20 runs less and probably won the game, people wouldn't say this. It's one of those games but of course, we have to reduce our mistakes," the Lankan said.
With Delhi scheduled to play Chennai Super Kings in the second qualifier, the team needs to retune its skills and start a fresh as they clash against the defending champions CSK on Friday.