Jayawardene rues bad start

Calcutta: Mahela Jayawardene feels the Delhi DareDevils didn't have enough runs on the board and that made the difference during their loss to the Kolkata Knight Riders on Wednesday.

"The wicket looked bit slow. A total of 140-150 would have been good… We didn't get the momentum, every time we pushed we lost wickets...

"After losing a wicket off the first ball, we had to regroup. Davvy (David Warner) and I tried to make amends but once he got out we lost the momentum… If we had wickets in hand it could have been a different story," said the DareDevils captain.

But he is not losing heart. "Those are mistakes we need to correct...We need to analyse and look forward to the next game."

Jayawardene said his inexperienced batting line-up found it difficult to read Sunil Narine who took four wickets to restricts the DareDevils to 128.

"We have quite a few youngsters in the team who have never played Narine and obviously he was a handful for them. Narine bowled very well not only to stifle the scoring but also took wickets at crucial intervals. But as the tournament progresses they will learn," said Jayawardene.

"I'm happy with the effort put in by the youngsters… Obviously they will take a bit of time to learn but the sooner the better."

Jayawardene was stopped from answering a question on the decision to keep Sri Lankans out of the IPL matches in Chennai by an IPL official.

This only confirms The Telegraph report that Jayawardene has been "advised," presumably by Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC), not to say anything that could make headlines which may not be liked by all.

Jayawardene hoped Virender Sehwag, who missed the game due to injury, will likely play in the next match.

"We did not want to risk him as he has just recuperated from an injury… so we gave him more time to rest and practice. Hopefully he will be available for the next game."

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