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Sehwag holds batsmen responsible for loss to KKR

April 29, 2011 00:02 IST

A disappointed Delhi Daredevils captain Virender Sehwag put the blame on his batsmen for his team's 17-run loss at the hands of Kolkata Knight Riders at the Feroz Shah Kotla on Thursday.

Chasing a modest 148 for seven set by KKR, Daredevils could only manage 131 for nine at the Feroz Shah Kotla ground to slump to their five defeat in the tournament. 

"We had enough batsmen, but no one took the responsibility to finish the job for the team. I said 150-160 is easily chasable, but KKR bowled well," Sehwag said after the match.

Kolkata Knight Riders skipper Gautam Gambhir, on the other hand, was delighted to get back to winning ways after three consecutive defeats. 

"The guys showed a lot of desperation, we all wanted to win desperately...I never expected so much spin on such a grassy wicket. Everyone contributed in his own way, and if you manage to defend a score of 148 it gives the team a lot of confidence," Gambhir said. 

"Our bowlers showed what they are made of. My heart and soul is with KKR, I am not a Delhi boy anymore," he added. 

Man-of-the-match Manoj Tiwary, who guided KKR to the score with a 47-ball unbeaten 61- run knock, said he went out to bat on Thursday with the intention of playing the entire 20 overs.

"I tried to stay till the end, and the others played around me, things worked well for me today. Hope to continue my contributions," he said.

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