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Delhis fielding not up to the mark

Things seem to be getting a little difficult for the Delhi Dardevils, who have lost two games on the trot after beginning their Indian Premier League campaign in dominant fashion.

Now lying fifth in the league table with eight points from as many games, Delhi need to get the better of the Kolkata Knight Riders on Tuesday at the Eden Gardens to revive their prospects of reaching the semifinal.

Coach Greg Shipperd, however, feels that losing close matches and his side's below par fielding are the main causes for worry.

"It was a disappointing defeat last night (against Rajasthan Royals). We lost yet another close game which is really unfortunate," Shipperd said. "In most of the games, we have bowled quite well. But the fielding hasn't been up to standard. We dropped a few easy catches as well in our previous game. So, this is an area we urgently need to work on," he added.

The opening duo of Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir have played a significant part in most matches the Daredevils have won. Their early dismissals have caused problems for the middle order, Shipperd admitted.

"The Sehwag-Gambhir opening combination is always a strong one. But their early exit in the last couple of matches did make our middle order batsmen feel the pressure."

source - howrah.org
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