After sliding to their fifth defeat in eight games against Mumbai Indians, Deccan Chargers coach Darren Lehmann on Sunday conceded that it was time to improve performance or risk bowing out of the Indian Premier League.
“We have to win five out of the next six games. We need to move on
and hopefully Nagpur (their next match venue) will prove lucky. We have to get our act together or else we are out of the tournament,” Lehmann said after his team was thrashed by 63 runs. Blaming a collective failure for the massive defeat, their second against Mumbai Indians in a week’s time, the former Australia batsman said his team conceded 30 runs more than what they should have.
“We bowled well in patches. We dropped too many catches and left too many runs to chase for the batsmen. The batting was disgraceful. I thought it was a 140-150 wicket and we gave 30 runs extra,” he said.
Praising Ambati Rayudu for his brilliant unbeaten 55 off 29 balls, Lehmann said Saurabh Tiwary also played well but was a bit fortunate.
“Rayudu played well. Tiwary had some luck. We dropped him twice including once earlier in his innings. We are clicking at stages with the ball and on the field but have to click together now. “Hope they will respond quickly, otherwise it will be difficult to make it to the semifinal,” the 40-year-old coach said.