Warne blames it on poor bowling during death overs

Updated: 01 May 2009 18:23 IST

Rajasthan Royals skipper Shane Warne blamed poor bowling in the 'death overs' for their first defeat at the hands of Chennai Super Kings in the IPL.

Warne blames it on poor bowling during death overs

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Rajasthan Royals skipper Shane Warne blamed poor bowling in the 'death overs' for their first defeat at the hands of Chennai Super Kings in the Indian Premier League, here on Thursday.

Defending champions Rajasthan, who had won all their three encounters against Chennai in the first IPL, on Thursday lost by 38 runs.

Chennai scored 56 runs in the last four overs to reach 164 for five, thanks to Suresh Raina's scintillating 98-run knock off just 55 balls.

"I thought they will score around 130 but the last four overs were disappointing. Unfortunately we played ordinary in six-seven overs.

"Bowling in the last four overs and batting in the first six-seven overs was really bad," Warne said after the match.

Mahendra Singh Dhoni was satisfied to beat Rajasthan for the first time in the T20 event.

"We had lost three games to them and of course it's nice to beat them. I think our bowling was good, it was on the mark. (Albie) Morkel bowled well with the new ball," he said.

"Balaji, Tyagi, Muralitharan....Everyone contributed and not to take anything away from Suresh. He was superb and got his century thanks to the mistake by scorer," Dhoni added. When Raina reached 98 with a boundary, the scorer had showed century for Raina but rectified immediately.

The left-handed Raina, adjudged Man-of-the-Match for his brilliant effort with the bat said he was looking forward to carry on the good form in the rest of the tournament.

"I wanted to play till the end when I got going. And I did that. Badrinath also played well and we want to continue it in the remaining matches," he said.

Raina also said that IPL was a good platform for youngsters to prepare for T20 World Cup.

"The World Cup is coming up and Champions Trophy will also be played in South Africa. IPL is a good platform for the youngsters to learn and play hard cricket whenever get a chance," he said.

Topics : Cricket Sreesanth
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