Rajasthan Royals v Deccan Chargers, IPL, Jaipur April 18, 2012

'We fielded like an Under-14s side' - Lehmann

ESPNcricinfo staff

A visibly annoyed Deccan Chargers coach Darren Lehmann has come down heavily on his side after their five-wicket loss against Rajasthan Royals on Tuesday. Lehmann said the Chargers "bowled poorly and fielded diabolically" while defending 196 in a final-over defeat.

"We fielded like an Under-14s side," Lehmann said. "They are professional cricketers they should be able to catch. They should be able to stop the ball going through their legs."

The Chargers dropped three catches in the field, with Anand Rajan grassing Royals opener and the tournament's highest run-getter Ajinkya Rahane in the fifth over, then Dale Steyn dropping Owais Shah in the 15thover, and Bharat Chipli spilling Johan Botha in the 18th over.

The Chargers are yet to register a win in the IPL this season, and their coach said, that the team has to work hard if they want to succeed in the tournament. "For us it's a disappointing start, considering we played really well against Mumbai [Indians] and should have won that game, so we have a bit of work to do," Lehmann said. "Our [team] meetings are a waste of time at the moment because the players aren't listening."

Deccan's fielding compounded their problems against the Royals, but their bowlers too were expensive. Dale Steyn, Daniel Christian and Anand Rajan all went for over ten runs an over. "It should have been 2-1, we should have beaten Mumbai [on April 9] and Rajasthan today, but we bowled really badly with the new ball. Steyn also did not bowl well," Lehmann said. "When you get nearly 200 in a Twenty20 game, you shouldn't lose a game."

Deccan Chargers will play Delhi Daredevils in their next match on April 19.

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  • srinivas on April 19, 2012, 5:42 GMT

    Please stop playing Daniel Christian .................

  • Sriharsha on April 19, 2012, 5:31 GMT

    Darren, Understand your frustration but this is what you get when you dont pick quality players ! You traded Ojha, Petersen and did not retain Rohit. You did not bid for Rayudu and Venugopal Rao.. You paid a million dollars for your fellow aussie Dan Christian and his contributions have not exactly been earth shattering ! Our bowling is so bad and yet you let Ojha go?

  • Dummy4 on April 18, 2012, 20:15 GMT

    I understand the frustration of coach Darren Lehman. When DC lost against Mumbai Indians I thought it was ok it was close one. But against RR it was poor catching more than fielding. Dale Steyn bowled very poor over against Hodge, that over changed the match. I wonder why DC left out players like Ohja, Rohit Sharma, Suman and Venugopal rao who are playing well for DC. Indian players in DC are very weak players except Amit Mishra. Ishant Sharma too is not there. So, if either Dale Setyn or Daniel Christain fail, they will struggle in bowling department that is for sure. In this IPL score like 190 plus is not at all safe.

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