New Delhi: Delhi Daredevils skipper Virender Sehwag said the pitch for Tuesday's match against Bangalore was not of their liking but blamed poor bowling for their three-wicket defeat.
Chasing 161 to win, Bangalore romped home with three balls to spare. "The ball was not coming on to the bat. It's difficult to hit boundaries, until the ball is there to be hit. They cut a lot of grass, which we didn't want, but we have to carry on with whatever wicket we get," Sehwag said after the match.
The Delhi skipper blamed poor effort by his bowlers for the defeat. "I think we gave too many boundary balls in the first six overs. They were not hitting boundaries but still they were getting boundaries because of our bad bowling."
"After they got 65 in first six overs, we came back well. Morne Morkel bowled well, Yogesh Nagar took one wickets for us. At the end also we didn't bowl well," he said.
Sehwag admitted that they will be under tremendous pressure now in the tournament as they cannot afford to lose from here on. "Pressure on Delhi now so hopefully we will do well in next games. We have to back ourselves and correct our basics."
Bangalore captain Daniel Vettori said the 82-run stand between Virat Kohli (56) and Chris Gayle (26) was crucial to team's win. "Kohli played an amazing innings. That partnership at the start set it up for us. Delhi fought back hard, fortunate Syed Mohamad came out and played with a cool head .. he's been a good find for us so far. Today was out best bowling performance as well," he said.
Man-of-the-match Virat Kohli said, "I've always looked to bat No. 3, I can get myself in and play my shots. I'm loving it. I was really keen we win this match. We lost three in a row and now winning two back to back gives us some momentum."