Daredevils will come good against CSK, says Sekar

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Published: Friday, May 25, 2012, 12:16 [IST]
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'DD to fire against CSK in must-win tie'

Chennai, May 25: Delhi Daredevils mentor TA Sekhar defends his batsmen who failed to put up a good show against Kolkata Knight Riders in the first Qualifier and said Virender Sehwag-led Daredevils would come good against Chennai Super Kings in the must-win second qualifier on Friday to enter the final of IPL for the first time since 2008.

"Last three overs of last match did not go in our favour. Our batting order needs to be assessed and we have done that. In Twenty20 game, it is not a major concern for us since we have a very strong batting line-up. I back all our batsmen and we will surely put up a much better show tomorrow," said Sekar at the pre-match press conference here.

Sekar feels there are a lot of chances in the batting order especially in the shortest format of the game and said that is the order of the day.

"In Twenty20, batting order changes frequently. It is not the set order like in Test matches. So, we need to change and in fact every team does it depending on the situations and its demands. Some matches (Chennai captain MS) Dhoni bats at number eight and on occasions he comes at four. That is the order of the day in Twenty20 games.

Defending the decision taken by the team to send Ross Taylor down the order, Sekar said, since the New Zealand batsman can go after the bowlers right from the first ball, team management decided to send him at No 7.

"It was one of the odd situations that he has gone to number seven because we promoted Pawan Negi to go and get some quick runs, even six-ball 10 or eight-ball 12 and it's fine even if we lose wickets. Ross is capable of going after the bowlers right from the first ball that he faces," he said.

He praised Taylor for his magnificent 21-ball fifty against Royal Challengers Bangalore, which yet again that he is a class player and hopes he fires again against CSK on Friday.

"I always believed that class is permanent and form is temporary. Ross got 21 ball fifty against Royal Challengers in Bangalore. He showed his class there and I think he is in a good space and I think he should fire tomorrow."

Daredevils mentor further added saying pace-attack being their major weapon, as Morne Morkel, Umesh Yadav, Varun Aaron, Irfan Pathan, all the four bowlers have been consistent and have contributed a lot in Delhi's journey so far in the tournament.

"Our strength has been fast bowling. We have come to this stage mainly because of our bowlers performance with support from our batsmen in posting needed runs. In Delhi, we got the Super Kings for 110 (for eight) in 20 overs. It happens in Twenty20 cricket that fast bowlers get hit sometimes.

Since it is the shortest format, Sekar feels batsmen go against pacers, as the young-duo Umesh Yadav and Varun Aaron did get hit against KKR and said it was not a matter of concern as the bowling as been their main strength in IPL 5.

"Unfortunately some of the deliveries of Varun Aaron or Umesh Yadav were sent for boundaries. I do not think that these are real areas of concern for us because even spinners can be hit quite freely also. We have just seen the wicket. We will have a core committee meeting and decide."

When asked about the team's mental frame ahead of the do-or die match against Chennai Super Kings, he said the team had faced a similar situation in the second edition of the cash-rich league in 2009.

"In 2009, we had a similar run to knock-out stage and one brilliant 35-ball 85 by Adam Gilchrist changed the complexion of the game and we were out of the tournament.

"Since IPL has changed the format, every team wants to be number one and two, others get another chance and it is our chance tomorrow and we should grab this and make sure we go to the next level of the tournament," he said.


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