Daredevils v Lions, 1st semi-final, CLT20, Durban October 26, 2012

Taylor rues fielding, happy with Warner pick

ESPNcricinfo staff

Ross Taylor has justified the decision to leave out regular Delhi Daredevils captain Mahela Jayawardene for the semi-final of the Champions League T20 against Lions. Jaywardene was replaced as opener by Australia's David Warner, who played his first match of the tournament, a game which Daredevils lost by 22 runs.

"Mahela [Jayawardene] and the selection committee came up with that [the decision to leave Jayawardene for Warner]," Taylor, who was Daredevils' captain for the match, said. "Hindsight is a funny thing. That was the team we went with and we weren't good enough at the end of the day."

Daredevils would have faced a lower target than the 140 they had to chase if they had been less sloppy in the field. Taylor said two of the reasons for the defeat were the fielding errors - Unmukt Chand, Umesh Yadav and Kevin Pietersen all dropped catches - and Lions' sensible bowling.

"It started in the field. We dropped a few too many catches and let a few runs through. We set ourselves a high standard and we didn't attain that, and needing 88 off the last ten we were anyways going to put ourselves under too much pressure. Lions bowled very well, they bowled to their fields and I guess the result speaks for itself.

"It was still very windy when they [Lions] were fielding. So, I wouldn't say that [the wind] was an excuse [for the inability to take the catches]."

Taylor said Kevin Pietersen, who top scored for Daredevils with 50, needed more support to have had a better chance of steering his team home.

"It just showed that it was one of those wickets in which you needed to give yourself a few balls, and [Pietersen] did that. He got through that hard stage early on and batted very well. He definitely played a lone hand, and he needed some support and we didn't give it to him."

The defeat was their first in this year's CLT20. But with two of their games being abandoned, Daredevils faced lengthy breaks between matches.

"It was really a stop-start tournament. We're all professional so you've got to deal with that when it comes, but I think it was only our third game in probably a couple of weeks, and when you play Twenty20 that seems a long time, but it's no excuse. We came here with high hopes and are disappointed to be leaving early.

"I think we come together at short notice, against all the other [non-IPL] teams who play quite often. Maybe that's a factor but I wouldn't say that's an excuse. The other teams that have made it through have just played better cricket."

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  • Ashok on October 28, 2012, 15:17 GMT

    My opinion on team selection is that Jayawardene should have played instead of Taylor. Warner was the right choice for an opener. But losing the Captain like Mahela was a big blow. Taylor is the poorest of the top 4 DD batsmen. To add to the misery, reckless Sehwag's Out on the first ball of the innings further boosted the confidence of the opponents. Catching of DD was poor but batting was even worse. Taylor, the batsman, was hiding behind Pathan the bowler!. That is not leading from front - is it? Even Morkel batted better than Taylor. 140 runs was an easily winnable total in <18 overs for a powerhouse batting like DD's if Mahela had played.

  • Dummy4 on October 27, 2012, 9:23 GMT

    Mahelas Captaincy wud have setup the field right.... and funny thing to keep such valued formed player out.. so funny...

  • Ankush on October 26, 2012, 17:52 GMT

    why dont pick Russel instead of ross taylor

  • Dummy4 on October 26, 2012, 17:49 GMT

    people who are complaining about mahela jayawardene exclusion should remember that he was present at the world t20 final but could not guide them to victory

  • Feroz on October 26, 2012, 14:28 GMT

    I could not believe that Delhi lost, they have such a strong team. Pressure got to them and being a knock out game I think they should have batted first. Maybe b'coz of windy conditions and probability of rain were the reasons for Ross Taylor's decision to bowl first in a Semi Final game, but again this was a T20 game and not a test match. Conditions would have been the same for both sides. Delhi lost after Warner got out and KP did not get enough strike.

  • Dummy4 on October 26, 2012, 14:00 GMT

    The X factor between these two teams was Mahela's captaincy!!!

  • Dummy4 on October 26, 2012, 13:22 GMT

    better luck next time...........

  • Turhan on October 26, 2012, 12:18 GMT


    I second that, sir.

  • priyantha on October 26, 2012, 11:40 GMT

    it is hard decision dare devils make keeping out of mahela we all know how big player and leadership of mahela particularly match like semi final.has done so much in the past for sri lanka get in to the final and boys are very comfortable in the field.under the mahela captancy.and also chasing 140 is ideal batsman to gang there and play proper cricket shot rather than big hitting...

  • Bryn on October 26, 2012, 11:09 GMT

    picking peterson is what cost them. a poor 50 that put pressure on everybody else while he occupied a very important number 3 spot. jayawardene would have finished off the match with class something that peterson has no idea about. although any team with peterson is going to struggle to win anything

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