Kochi have the chance to exact immediate revenge on fellow strugglers Delhi as the Tuskers travel to the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium on Monday for a return fixture against Virender Sehwag’s men.
Sehwag was the key to the Daredevils 38-run success at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Kochi on Saturday, the Tuskers allowing the Daredevils an escape from 62 for three after 10 overs to an eventual total of 157 for seven with Sehwag posting 80.
Tuskers captain Mahela Jayawardene knows that an improved bowling effort is essential if the IPL new boys are to pull off a much-needed win on Monday.
“It was too big a total to chase down on a pitch that wasn’t easy to bat on,” the Sri Lankan said of Friday’s defeat.
“I think 130-140 would have been a more competitive score for us to chase, but 160 was a bit too tough.”
Jayawardene added: “We didn’t bowl in the right areas. I thought we bowled too full at them. We didn’t hit the deck in the last ten overs, whereas in the first ten overs, we bowled pretty well. But Viru batted very well, you can’t take anything away from him. We knew he was very crucial for their innings and tried to get him, but the way we bowled in the last 10 overs, I don’t think we had any control over things.”
Kochi’s previous home game saw them skittled for only 74 by Deccan, and ahead of their trip to a faster, more bouncy track in Delhi, Jayawardene stressed the need for his batsmen to adapt to different batting conditions.
“There was low bounce but we were just not sure exactly when that low bounce would come,” he said. “The best thing to do was to try to bat without thinking that the ball would stay low. If it stayed low, you can’t control it, but you can try and play it straight. It’s tough but we need to try and adjust ourselves to these conditions all around – both bowlers and batsmen, and try and fight it out.” Cricket365