Yuvraj blames batsmen for semi-final loss

June 1st, 2008 - 9:35 am ICT by admin  

Mumbai, June 1 (IANS) Kings XI Punjab skipper Yuvraj Singh defended his decision to bat first but blamed his batsmen for his team’s humiliating nine-wicket loss to Chennai Super Kings in the second semi-final of the Indian Premier League (IPL) here Saturday night. “It was a good wicket on which a score of 160 to 180 could have been built, but the loss of early wickets did us in,” Yuvraj told reporters at the Wankhede Stadium.

He added it was the worst day of the IPL for him. His team scored 112 for the loss of eight wickets in 20 overs, whereas Chennai crossed the target in 14.5 overs.

“We lost too many wickets at the top of the order and it is very tough to come back after falling behind in a Twenty20 game. We still thought we had a chance if we had got a few early wickets, but that too did not happen,” he said.

Kings XI coach Tom Moody echoed his captain’s views saying the team just did not perform to the potential.

“Our batsmen failed to execute the team’s plans today. The batting stumbled at this hurdle and unfortunately for us this was the hurdle from which there was no coming back as we are out of the tournament now,” Moody said.

Asked to comment on the final Sunday, Moody tipped fellow Australian Shane Warne to guide Rajasthan Royals to the title.

“They have been the most consistent side in the tournament and Shane Warne’s captaincy has worked wonders with the players. Though Chennai Super Kings are a dangerous team, I would go with Rajasthan Royals,” he said.

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