Delhi Daredevils never stopped believing in themselves: Eric Simons

Coach Eric Simons said that the win over Mumbai Indians provided “more than a touch of relief” to the Delhi Daredevils camp © IANS

New Delhi: Apr 21, 2013
Delhi Daredevils coach Eric Simons heaved a sigh of relief as Virender Sehwag struck a match-winning unbeaten 95 to guide his team to a nine-wicket win over Mumbai Indians to break the six-match losing streak in the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the Feroz Shah Kotla here Sunday.

“More than a touch of relief. We never stopped believing in ourselves. When you have lost six in a row, you have to do something, sometimes they work and sometimes they don’t,” said Simmons.

The South African said changing the opening pair and dropping David Warner to No 3 was something that the management tried out for the first time against Mumbai Indians here and it proved right.

Sehwag and skipper Mahela Jayawardene (59) gave Daredevils a great start with their massive 151-run first wicket stand and easily chased down the target of 162 in 17 overs.

Simons thought it would be a tough chase but the wicket got better as the match progressed.

“We have three great opening batsmen, so we tried a different combination today. When we were bowling, the pitch was slow; we thought the chase would be tough [but the pitch got better later],” he said.