Slack performance by Daredevils, says Jayawardene

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Published: Monday, October 22, 2012, 12:43 [IST]
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Mahela unhappy with Delhi's efforts

Cape Town, Oct 22: Delhi Daredevils skipper Mahela Jayawardene feels the team was on the verge of losing a game after committing a few errors in the match against Perth Scorchers, as they are planning to review it ahead of their final match on Oct 23 at Centurion on Tuesday.

The team which was enjoying a break for almost a week after playing their first match against KKR on Oct 13, as the match against Auckland Aces was abandoned due to rain on Oct 19.

Despite the break, Delhi Daredevils performed extremely well as they had a clinical approach on Sunday against Perth Scorchers after restricting them to 121/5 off 20 overs.

"We haven't played for a week. So good to get out and play a good game. We made a few mistakes, which nearly cost us the game. We didn't handle a few situations well. We will have a chat, but our bowlers and fielders did really well," Jayawardene said.

Moreover, Delhi chasing a target of 122, started off badly, as they lost a couple of wickets early in the innings, as Jayawardene (4), Pietersen (9), Unmukt Chand (3), Ross Taylor (5), Irfan Pathan (14) disappointed as Delhi might have lost the match if Sehwag did not stay at the crease.

Virender Sehwag made a gritty 52 off 44 balls, as he helped the team reach the three figure mark.

Agarkar, Morkel both played a vital role in Delhi's 3 wicket win, as they claimed 5 wickets together.

Jayawardene also complimented the bowlers especially Agarkar, who played a vital role helping the team chase a small target and also claimed 2 wickets for 14 runs off 4 overs.

"Ajit batted really well, the experience showed," he said.

Agarkar who was adjudged the man of the match, said that his team mates inspired him, as they have been performing well.

"It's a good thing following them because Irfan, Morkel and Umesh have been bowling really well," he said.

Moreover, he added that T20 is a tricky format and things do not go in your favour everytime.

"Some days it works for you in T20, some days it doesn't. As long as your ideas are right, you can hope for the best. Some times it is nice to get over the line the hard way. Hopefully we will win a few easy ones later," Agarkar said.


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