Batsmen did not deliver: Sehwag

May 23, 2012, 01:36 IST | PTI

Delhi Daredevils skipper Virender Sehwag laid the blame for the team's loss to Kolkata in the Qualifier on the shoulders of his batsmen.

As the first chance to qualify for the IPL final slipped out of their hands, Delhi Daredevils skipper Virender Sehwag today said the 163-run target was very much chaseable but the batting unit failed to fire against KKR in the Qualifier.

Delhi could manage just 144 for eight with all big guns failing to contribute much.

Virender Sehwag has promised his team will go all out in the next Qualifier. 

"We did not bat well, 160 was chase-able. The required batting effort was just not there. We lost two early wickets and failed to make it in the last few overs," Sehwag said.

Sehwag also defended selection when asked if presence of spinner Nadeem could have made some difference. "Varun Aaron and Umesh Yadav have bowled brilliantly for me. I cannot sit them out. It was a tough choice but we thought that the grass might help the pace bowlers," he said.

He promised to back in the Qualifier 2, saying, "We have another chance to get there, we cannot relax, need to go all out."

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