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Warner's wicket was the turning point: Christian

April 20, 2011 07:07 IST

Deccan Chargers pacer Daniel Christian said opener David Warner's wicket was the one, which turned the match in his team's favour against Delhi Daredevils in the Indian Premier League in New Delhi on Tuesday.

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"Warner's wicket was a huge one. We took the gamble by giving the ball to Shikhar. We wanted someone to bowl off-spin that would go away. It was a lucky one and it worked," Christian said after his team's 16-run win at the Feroz shah Kotla stadium.

Warner scored 51 and looked on course to lead Daredevils to a win till he was at the crease.

Talking about the wicket, Christian said, "That was a really good wicket. We decided to be really patient hoping that (Virender) Sehwag will make a mistake."

David WarnerAsked about Ishant Sharma's absence, Christian said, "Our plan was to take pace off the ball. When the Delhi guys bowled late it was really difficult to score. Pace off the ball was the plan."

Delving on the positives, Christian said, "We are starting to do a lot of our disciplines lot better. Now we built some really good partnerships with the bat, which we have not been able to do. We bowled well, our fielding has been improving with every game."

Asked about the team's none-too-impressive performance at home, where they could register just one victory in the past three years, he said, "I think we have got a brilliant team. We just had one win in Hyderabad -- we have two of the best fast bowlers in Steyn and Sharma and it's the quickest wicket in the country. The more we play the better we will get. Definitely."

Christian was effusive in his praise for Sunny Sohal who struck a stroke-filled half century to guide the team to a competitive score.

"That was a brilliant innings, a fantastic innings. He looked good in the last innings as well. The way he paced his innings, he was hard at the start and his partnership with (Kumar) Sangakkara was what that really set us up for a big total," he said.

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