Rue for Viru after Ganguly's Capital show on Saturday

Apr 23, 2012, 08:38 IST | A Correspondent

After losing by 20 runs at home on Saturday night, Delhi Daredevils skipper Virender Sehwag felt Sourav Ganguly's two wickets (Kevin Pietersen and Irfan Pathan) and his dismissal were crucial in their loss against Pune Warriors at the Feroz Shah Kotla.

Ganguly’s all-round brilliance (41 runs and 2-27) saw Pune through in a high-scoring affair.

Virender Sehwag

“Dada’s two wickets came at a crucial time,” Sehwag answered when asked about his counterpart Ganguly’s 2-27 spell. The Delhi dasher, who hit a 32-ball 57 before giving Murali Kartik a return catch in the 13th over, also felt that his dismissal came at a wrong time. “It (my dismissal) was crucial because the way I was batting I should have continued.” Chasing a mammoth 193-run target, Delhi made some alterations in their batting line-up and promoted Sri Lanka skipper Mahela Jayawardene to open the innings alongside Sehwag in place of regular Naman Ojha.

But the move went in vain as Jayawardene was shown the door for just seven with only 12 runs on the board. “Nothing went in our favour today. Our bowling and batting changes didn’t work. I changed the batting order because of the pressure of chasing 190, but we lost two crucial wickets (Kevin Pietersen and Irfan Pathan) in quick succession,” Sehwag said after the match.

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