We lacked momentum: Jennings
Royal Challengers Bangalore coach Ray Jennings admitted that his team lacked the momentum and Delhi Daredevils outperformed them in all the departments of the game.india Updated: Mar 25, 2010 21:55 IST
Royal Challengers Bangalore coach Ray Jennings today admitted that his team lacked the momentum and Delhi Daredevils outperformed them in all the departments of the game during the Indian Premier League match here.
"We were not up to scratch in all the three departments. Momentum was never with us, they scored around 44 in the first four (overs), around 60 in six (overs) and we gave away too many runs. The fielding was not up to scratch either," said Jennings after Bangalore's 17-run defeat to Daredevils.
Jennings also felt that the wicket had lost pace.
"The wicket did not have as much bounce as we expected. We have used it three times and may be it has slowed down," he said.
The South African, however, didn't read too much into the defeat and hoped that the team will recapture the winning momentum.
"If you had told me that we will win four out of six in the beginning, I would have taken it everyday. There is good spirit in the team and the players are well-grounded and I am sure they will cope and get back," he said.
Jennings was not too happy about Robin Uthappa employing the reverse sweep at a crucial juncture.
"Robin Uthappa got away with reverse sweep in the earlier games and you (media) said it was a good shot and now that he got out, you say it is a bad shot. As a coach I would like him to cut out that shot but it's his decision to make.
"I mean, if he play straight and even if it is a mis-hit, it might still go for six but when he does the reverse sweep and doesn't time it, as a coach it is scary for me," he said.
Jennings also wanted Manish Pandey to improve his shot selection.
"Manish is a fine batsman. He needs to work on his choice of shots. I will have a chat with him in the next three days," he said.
Meanwhile, Kedar Jadhav who cracked a brilliant unbeaten 29-ball 50 said he was happy to help Delhi Daredevils snapping their losing streak in the IPL.
"A victory any day is memorable and I am happy about contributing towards that. Whether you are number one team or not, it does not matter. At the end of the day it is about performance on the field," said Jadhav, who was adjudged Man of the Match.
Jadhav was not worried about the wicket but felt that the ground was much smaller in comparison to many other IPL venues.
"The bounce was fine and it is smaller ground compared to some other venues and I thought I could clear the ropes," said Jadhav.