By Sabi Hussain
New Delhi: Apr 18, 2011
After opening their account in the IPL with a three-wicket victory over Pune Warriors India, Delhi Daredevils coach Greg Shipperd believes that there is room for improvement as far as team's bowling and fielding are concerned.
The Daredevils will play Kumar Sangakkara-led Deccan Chargers at the Feroze Shah Kotla ground on Tuesday.
Shipperd said his players need to get their act together fast in these two departments of the game if they want to counter the likes of Sangakkara, Jean Paul Duminy, Bharat Chipli and Shikhar Dhawan.
In their match against Pune Warriors in Navi Mumbai last evening, Delhi's Ashok Dinda dropped Jesse Ryder twice who then went on to score 60 off only 27 balls to help his side post a challenging 187 for five.
"Our fielding has been a bit sloppy and we need to improve on that. We need to get our acts together quickly," Shipperd told reporters here.
"I was pleased with how we bowled in the middle overs. We gave 20 runs less and were able to restrict them to 187. Our batsmen chipped in with useful contributions to chase down the target. Our batting was superb," the coach added.
Shipperd also said that the South African pacer Morne Morkel, who was forced to sit out of yesterday's match due to an injury, has a strong chance of playing on Tuesday.
"Morne has a strong chance of playing tomorrow. He bowled at the nets today. He is looking good and we hope that he will play tomorrow. He is a smart bowler and has got bounce, pace and swing. We will definitely like to see him in the playing eleven," he said.
The Daredevils are currently ninth on the table with two points from three games and would be looking to carry on with their new-found confidence.
"Our players responded very well yesterday. Everyone was criticising us that we have got so many youngsters in the side but everyone chipped in against Pune Warriors. We learnt a lot from our last two outings and hope to carry forward the momentum.
"Virender Sehwag and David Warner have got a strong reputation as T20 players. They are destructive on any given day and we are hoping that they give us more flying starts in the matches ahead. After yesterday's game, it was great to see everyone understanding their responsibilities," he said.
About Irfan Pathan, who has been one of Daredevils' expensive buys from auctions, Shipperd defended the all-rounder's below-par show terming him a "wise cricketer" who will certainly come good.
"He is coming back after a long lay-off so he requires some time to settle down. I am seeing improvement in every game he has played so far. He is a good all-rounder who can score quickfire 30-40 runs and pick wickets. He is more comfortable with his body, more comfortable with his batting and bowling these days. He is a terrific bowler for us.
"He is a wise cricketer. Length of the tournament is perfect for him to get back into the groove. He is a great player and is also providing useful information to us in terms of planning good strategy for the matches," he said.
Delhi would be keen to make a strong comeback in front of their home crowd here, having suffered a humiliating defeat at the hands of Mumbai Indians by eight wickets in their inaugural game when they got bundled out of a mere 95.
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