Winning run had to end at some point: Gilchrist

Updated: 30 April 2009 16:08 IST

Gilchrist said loss of early wickets put his side on the back foot and it could never really recover from his and fellow opener Gibbs quick dismissals.

Winning run had to end at some point: Gilchrist

Centurion:

Not really shattered after his side succumbed to their first defeat in the second Indian Premier League against Delhi Daredevils on Thursday, Deccan Chargers captain Adam Gilchrist said he was prepared for an end to the team's winning spree.

"I have played for Australia in World Cups where we have won matches on the trot. It had to happen and it has happened today and that's the reality," Gilchrist said after the Deccan Chargers' six-wicket loss to the Daredevils.

"We didn't post enough on the board. Kept fighting till the end but runs were not enough," he added.

Gilchrist said loss of early wickets put his side on the back foot and it could never really recover from his and fellow opener Herschelle Gibbs quick dismissals.

"Any wickets early on puts the team on the back foot. They did well to restrict us. We were 20 runs short. What we managed was definitely not enough," he said.

Winning captain Virender Sehwag said he was happy with his team's effort.

"I think I am pretty happy with the performance. The pitch was good to bat on and we did a good job. It's a hard ground to defend which was shown by the way Dinesh Karthik and Tillakaratne Dilshan played. That's why I chose to bowl first," he said.

Sehwag played down a finger injury that he picked up during the match. "It's okay, just a few stitches. I will be fine for the next game," he said.

Sehwag also lavished praise on Man of the Match pacer Dirk Nannes, who picked up two wickets for 16 runs.

"He is the fastest bowler I have played against. He is a very difficult left-armer to face," he said.

Nannes, on his part, said he had been worried about his place in the side after failing to make any major contribution in the previous matches.

"I was actually a bit worried about myself and was looking over my shoulder because I had not taken too many wickets. I'm just happy with my performance today.

"I am not trying too much and I was pretty happy to get Gilly's wicket," he said.

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