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The Delhi Daredevils’ misfortune continued to follow them to Dharamsala as they suffered their 12th defeat in the Pepsi IPL 2013, losing to Kings XI Punjab on Thursday evening.
Having altered their batting line-up while chasing a competitive total, theMahela Jayawardene-led team was reeling on 12 for the loss of three wickets. The DD skipper held up one end and was involved in a 49 and 50-run partnership withVirender Sehwag and Ben Rohrer before departing. Even as the visitors were facing an uphill task Rohrer attempted a few lusty blows but his valiant efforts weren’t enough to help his team cross the finish line with the run-rate climbing up. His blitzkrieg, comprised three sixes and four boundaries off his 49 in the last over.
While speaking to IPLT20.com after the seven-run loss, Rohrer said that recovering from the loss of early wickets was a tough ask.
Excerpts from the interview:
On the close finish
Yes, we just can’t seem to get over the line this season unfortunately. We have had a few close ones now. Losing three wickets in the first six overs is really hard to come back from and we couldn’t quite do it on Thursday night.
On whether 171 was a good enough total have restricted KXIP to
We thought the ball was coming on pretty well and it was going to be good for scoring. They were none down after six and we were three down and you don’t win too many games like that.
On his plan while batting later in the innings with an outside chance to still attain the target given the way he was batting
I was just hoping to hit one in the middle of the bat which I couldn’t do for the first half of my innings but there is obviously a short side here and the wicket was obviously good so we just thought that we would target that and see what happens. Unfortunately we couldn’t get enough.
On the last match coming up
We will be up for the game against Pune Warriors India in couple of day’s time. And we hope to come away with a win there.
165.46: David Miller’s strike-rate – best for any batsman facing 100 or more balls in IPL 2013.
90: Number of sixes conceded by Piyush Chawla in IPL – most by any bowler.
50: Number of catches taken by Adam Gilchrist in IPL – first wicketkeeper to do so.
41.57: Shaun Marsh’s batting average – second highest for a batsman playing 100 or more innings in Twenty20 cricket. Only Chris Gayle (45.70) is ahead of him.
12: Number of matches lost by Delhi Daredevils in IPL2013. They have now equaled the record of losing most matches in a single edition of IPL. Deccan Chargers in 2008, Pune Warriors India in 2012 and 2013 also lost 12 matches.
5: Number of times Virender Sehwag has not opened the innings in IPL. Three of these instances came in IPL 2009 in South Africa. The last time Sehwag did not open was against Chennai Super Kings at Chennai in 2012. He scored 1 off 6 balls.