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Gilchrist holds poor fielding responsible for loss

cricket Updated: May 02, 2009 21:24 IST

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Deccan Chargers skipper Adam Gilchrist rued the butter-fingered efforts of his fielders after suffering their second successive defeat in the Indian Premier League in Port Elizabeth on Saturday.

Some poor ground fielding and missed run out chances let Rajasthan Royals score a thrilling three-wicket win over Chargers after the defending champions were tottering at 3/3 at one stage of the match.

"It was a great game of cricket. We both (teams) had the opportunities to win. Unfortunately we lost. We bowled well but perhaps our fielders had lapse of concentration," the former Australian wicket-keeper batsman said.

Asked if 141 was defend-able, he nodded in affirmative.

"Definitely it was defend-able. We lost it in the second-last, third-last ball, so it was defend-able total. After a good start now we have a couple of setbacks we will discuss how we are going about it.

"It's a long tournament. We had four wins in a row. Anything can happen down the track," he added.

Meanwhile, winning captain Shane Warne defended his decision to change the batting order as he promoted himself up and sent explosive Yusuf Pathan at number eight.

"The boys really played well. We tried to send Yusuf down the order as he finishes the game well. He hits the ball strongly, slogs well. We were happy to restrict them to 141," he said.