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IPL 2017: “We Needed To Have Experience In The Batting Order,” Says Zaheer Khan

Zaheer Khan is a brilliant captain - Chris Morris

For the second time in the tournament, Royal Challengers Bangalore trumped Delhi Daredevils to add just a third win to their account. However, the win did not have an impact on the points table, as neither it helped Bangalore to climb nor it pulled down Delhi.

Batting first, the visiting side put up a defendable total of 161 on the board on a slow surface.

Delhi had a poor start, as Sanju Samson departed in the very first over of the chase off the debutant Avesh Khan. Karun Nair and Shreyas Iyer then held the case for next 41 runs but Nair was dismissed by Shane Watson.

Another partnership followed between the young duo of Rishabh Pant and Iyer but the moment it looked like it can turn into a match-winning one, Iyer got himself caught by Watson. Marlon Samuels followed him the very next ball to give a put Harshal Patel on a hat-trick but Corey Andeson ensured that it was not the case.

None of the batsmen could really take the responsibility further and the wicket of Rishabh Pant in all scenarios marked the end of Delhi’s chase, which turned out to be the end result, as the host franchise found itself short by a margin 10 runs of at the end of the game.

It was not the result which Delhi would have wanted, as they were in the game in parts but in the end, the visiting side did the job to trump Delhi Daredevils.

Here is what Zaheer Khan, the skipper of Delhi Daredevils said after the game –

“This has been the story of the season. When we look back we feel we needed to have experience in the batting order. On this kind of wicket when the wicket is slowing down, you need someone who can take it slowly. The game is changing, it is good you can experiment with field placements and all. All and all it is good for cricket, I love every bit of it. I think Mumbai Indians (on asked about which team does he think has a chance this year), they have been very consistent and KKR too will have a great run in the playoffs.”

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