Mumbai, May 4 (UNI) Delhi Daredevils captain Virender Sehwag today said the failure to build partnerships and loss of wickets at regular intervals proved to be the reason for his team's downfall today.
Sehwag was speaking to mediapersons after his team lost to hosts Mumbai Indians by 29 runs at the D Y Patil stadium in Nerul near here today.
Sehwag said, ''the blame of the defeat squarely rests on the batsmen as on a superb batting wicket, our bowlers did a superb job of restricting them to 162 which is not a big score in Twenty20 cricket.'' He said, ''we started our chase disastrously losing two quick wickets and from then on it was going to be hard work.'' Sehwag also added that in the first six overs, when the powerplay was on, he faced only seven deliveries. ''Maybe if I had faced more deliveries in the first six overs I could have scored more runs and the pressure would have lessened and we could have won.'' Replying to a query on whether there is too much pressure on the players resulting in the controversies which have taken place so far in the tournament, Sehwag said he does not think so.
''If the players play in the right spirit of the game, then there would be no need for any fines and the players would also not be under any extra pressure,'' he added.
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