Happy to strike form ahead of semis: Sehwag

Updated: 21 May 2009 14:00 IST

Delhi Daredevils skipper Virender Sehwag said he was relieved to have struck form with a match-winning fifty in the inconsequential game against Mumbai.

Centurion:

Delhi Daredevils skipper Virender Sehwag on Thursday said he was relieved to have struck form with a match-winning fifty in the inconsequential game against Mumbai Indians as a good opening will be crucial in the Indian Premier League semifinals on Friday.

"I am pretty happy with my performance. It's nice to have scored a fifty. I am looking forward to the semifinals now. Being back in form is good for the team as openers doing well is very important," said Sehwag after the four-wicket win over Mumbai, already out of contention.

The swashbuckling right-hander, who was named Man of the Match for his 27-ball 50, said a few players were rested from today's match to ensure that everybody in the squad gets a game.

"I gave everybody a chance to play in the IPL. We rested a few key players today," he said.

Losing skipper Sachin Tendulkar blamed the loss on poor bowling and promised to come back as a better team next year.

"We batted well but the bowling was not upto the mark today. Our bowling has been good through out the tournament and one off day is OK. I wouldn't blame them too much.

"We will work towards a better performance next year," he added.

Topics : Cricket England MS Dhoni Australia SuperSport Park, Centurion South Africa Virender Sehwag ICC Champions Trophy 2013
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