Deccan Chargers v Kolkata Knight Riders, IPL, Cuttack April 23, 2012

Despite loss, Lehmann impressed with bowlers

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Deccan Chargers coach Darren Lehmann has said he is confident that a better batting and fielding effort can help them end their winless run in this IPL season. He was speaking after Chargers' five-wicket loss to Kolkata Knight Riders on Sunday when they took the game to the last over despite defending 126.

"I was really proud of the way we fought with the ball. The pleasing thing which I love from a young group of players is that we keep fighting, that's four games in a row we've gone down to the last over," Lehmann said. "We were about 15 short with the bat but they bowled well. We should have made about 145. I think we lost five for 40 in the last eight overs when we were two down. It was a tough wicket to play on, but we should have made 145."

Lehmann has criticised his side's fielding in the past and did it again, after Anand Rajan dropped Debabrata Das with 17 needed off 14 deliveries. "You always like to take those catches," he said. "We needed to take that catch and we'd have been in the game. For me it's just about getting some facets of our game right. Ticking off the boxes in the middle order, holding our catches and bowling like we did tonight. If we do that, we'll win games."

He was also critical of Knight Riders' batsmen and their inability to handle the Chargers fast bowlers. "Manoj Tiwary and Das could not handle [Dale] Steyn or Veer [Pratap Singh]. He [Tiwary] won't be playing for India much longer."

Tiwary and Steyn shared words in the 16th over, and the batsman was almost run out when he strayed from his crease during the exchange. Lehmann said, "The shorter you bowl to these players the more they struggle. Then they hit one down to long-on."

Knight Riders captain Gautam Gambhir said that his side did well in testing conditions. "It was a good game of cricket. You want to play such games to test yourself in such conditions. Low-scoring games are very important in the tournament. It should not always be a high-scoring game. There have to be wickets for the bowlers as well, because they also come to play a game of cricket."

He also defended allrounder Yusuf Pathan, who has struggled with the bat through the tournament. "For me he is the biggest match-winner [and] if we can win games without him then that shows the depth in our team. I'm sure he will end up winning two or three games single-handed for us," Gambhir said. And if Lehmann voiced doubts over Tiwary's international future, Gambhir backed Das to do well. "Das has a lot of quality. If he keeps playing like this, then he will play for India."

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  • Dummy4 on April 24, 2012, 20:48 GMT

    He was also critical of Knight Riders' batsmen and their inability to handle the Chargers fast bowlers. "Manoj Tiwary and Das could not handle [Dale] Steyn or Veer [Pratap Singh]. He [Tiwary] won't be playing for India much longer." right n rong .

  • Dummy4 on April 24, 2012, 15:58 GMT

    Has Darren Lehmann ever been a successfull coach, anywhere in the world, for any team? Has anybody found out Penny's coaching skills for fielding -- the worst part of DC's performance in this IPL? Imports carrying DC is also NOT true. Sanga had been doing badly even for SriLanka for quite some time. White and Christian are out of form. Duminy is wasted down the line. Steyn has no bowling support. Amit Mishra seems to be the most deteriorated India player (among spinners). I thought both Ashwin and Rahul Sharma had declined a lot, over the past one year, till I saw Amit -- none can beat him in the decline; not even Bhajji. DC owners had goofed not only in the auction, but also in choosing local players (except Dhawan), and also in choosing support staff. Lady luck also seems to have a taken a trial sreperation, for at least this season. I feel bad for the DC owners; good people, though lousy businessmen!

  • Dummy4 on April 24, 2012, 9:49 GMT

    wow!!! I wonder how could he say that when his team itself is not performing. I reckon, did DC spend all their money on cheer girls alone? there are no good local players except the only performing Dhawan. How do you expect a team to win without good local players... cant expect the 4 foreign players to win all the matches for them. I regret myself to be a DC supporter.

  • joseph on April 24, 2012, 6:00 GMT

    Always the AUS's coach/commentators says that" he will not figure in 11". When you own team(DC) is not performing or not meeting your expectations, how come you say such a thing. Even i would say as "you won't be for coach the next time in IPL-very much possible"

  • sri on April 24, 2012, 5:00 GMT

    I know many of my bengali friends do not agree with me. But the fact is manoj tiwary is not international material. He is not even close to rohit sharma who himself is struggling to retain hisplace in international side..Please don't go by dada's words. He also said the same thing about indias 'Best pacer' Ashok dinda who could not even contend Bangladesh batsmen. Let them play for IPL only. Lets not overhype these domestic players.

  • Unmesh on April 23, 2012, 23:35 GMT

    May be this is why Chargers are losing...they have lost 5 games on trot and they are pointing out flaws of the team they lost against! Better work on your own game.

  • Chris on April 23, 2012, 18:04 GMT

    DC has a very poor bowling side except one good bowler. Fielding is very ordinary just like a school team. Batting they are under performing. Overall poor show.

  • anirban on April 23, 2012, 17:16 GMT

    I agree with Chilled_avenger here...Lehmann is an idiot...he should concentrate on how his team is doing who, by the way, has produced no points after 5 games...we are fighting is not good enough...How good Tiwary is he has proven it against WI by scoring a century where the bowlers were much better than Veer, who is not even a regular member of Bengal team

  • Priyashrav on April 23, 2012, 14:40 GMT

    Lehmann,if Batsmen were judged on the basis of how they handle Dale Steyn then I don't think many batsman will be getting chances in International cricket! That guy is the best bowler in the World right now,and probably on his way among the All-time greats. Do you really expect Manoj Tiwary to belt Steyn for boundries around the park? Just thank your stars that you have at least one performing player like Steyn in your Team!

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