Delhi Daredevils captain Zaheer Khan admitted Lendl Simmons and Kieron Pollard from Mumbai Indians were too good for them on Saturday. Simmons hit 66 while Pollard blasted 63 as Mumbai bowled out Delhi Daredevils for 66 and registered a sensational 146-run win.
"There is nothing much you can do. When I was on the field, I felt that they batted well. We had our plans, we started well, we stuck to the plan, but the partnership between Lendl and Pollard took the game away from us," Zaheer Khan said.
"It's tough to restrict a team in this sort of wicket and once the target is over 200, you have to go after it. Last game, you saw our fearlessness. We went after the bowling today as well, but couldn't keep up.
"190 was a good target. The dew was going to help us. But some days you can't put a finger to the loss. We have to stay positive, we have to regroup, we have a slight break. But it's all about winning games, playoffs is still possible," he added.
Man of the match Simmons said, "I have been practicing hard. I have been hitting the gym, keeping my fitness up, waiting for the opportunity. It came today and I took it in both hands.”
"I'm good as a replacement player, it's been good for me. Batting in the Powerplay and with Parthiv is always good. My game plan is to see off the first two overs and then back my shots. At first it was a bit slow, but dew came on, and then the shots were easy to play,” he added.
"Batting with Pollard is good, we are accustomed playing together. We didn't have a total in mind, we just had a mind towards keeping the run-rate up and not losing wickets at crucial times," he said when asked about batting with his big-hitting compatriot.
On the other hand, Mumbai Indians skipper Rohit Sharma said, "We were clinical from the start. I think the opening stand set the game up for us. Lendl coming back after a long time, playing that way was amazing. And Polly, a brilliant finisher. Great performance by the bowlers as well and to win by 146 runs is huge."
--By A Cricket Correspondent