Chargers failed to do basic things right
After a three-run defeat against Trinidad and Tobago ousted reigning IPL holder Deccan Chargers from Champions League Twenty20, skipper of the Hyderabad-based side Adam Gilchrist admitted that they failed to execute the basic things in proper way.
Chasing a 150-run target, set by the West Indian side, the hosts could manage 146 for nine in stipulated 20 overs at Rajiv Gandhi Stadium here yesterday.
"We just can`t do few basic things well, particularly in Twenty20 cricket. You need to do simple controllable things well and we just did not do that," Gilchrist said after the match.
"I mean, the no-balls, wide deliveries, mis-fields, fielding was sloppy early on, run outs - these simple mistakes were the culprits there," the Australian added.
Gilchrist also admitted that their fancied batting order, consisting of VVS Laxman and Australian all-rounder Andrew Symonds, failed to live upto the expectation.
"We just felt like try and chase down the total. We boasted our batting, so we felt like comfortable chase down the total. I think, we should have got the total," he said.
The skipper came out with a gutsy 51, but his effort went in vain as Deccan lost wickets in vital moments.
Asked who, according to him, might win the USD six million event, Gilchrist said, "It is anyone`s tournament."
Meanwhile, his counterpart Dwayne Bravo was satisfied with the spirited performance by his men.
"We won our first game. We came into this game to win. We make sure that we won`t lapse on anything like that. We knew we can defend the total of 150 and did that," Bravo said.
"We put a lot of effort into our preparation and believe in ourselves. We really like each others company that is the most important thing. We also understand each others` strength and weakness," he added.