SPORT-IPL-ZAHEER 2LAST

first_imgTo the surprise of many, the Daredevils yesterday ignored To the surprise of many, the Daredevils yesterday ignored South African duo of Imran Tahir and JP Duminy on a slow Eden surface but Zaheer said he is happy with the team combination. “Duminy was not available. But were happy with the combination. Theres no second thoughts on it. It was a tough day and we accept that,” he said. Quinton de Kock and Mayank Agarwal had given Daredevils a brisk start , putting up 23 runs in just two overs before Andre Russell (3/24) sparked the collapse with a twin breakthrough, while John Hastings (2/6) tightened the screws at the other end. Later, spin duo of Brad Hogg (3/19) and Piyush Chawla (2/21) made it all the more difficult as the Daredevils batsmen struggled to build a partnership. “Sometime you do get caught up in the T20 format. Thats what happens while batting first, you always chase that big number. These things can happen. You learn new things every day. Im very confident our young batting side will go a long way in this tournament. Im very happy with the way we have prepared this season. We will come good definitely. Scores will come Ive full faith in our batters,” Zaheer said. He also lauded KKR bowlers for their superb show. “They hit the right areas and held it together. Im happy to see this kind of wicket. You have to give credit where its deserved. After the first two overs, KKR bowlers really, really held it together and put pressure back on us,” Zaheer said. Making a comeback after a year, Zaheer, who last played competitive cricket in 2015 IPL, said he was happy to be back. “Its good to be back. I was trying a bit too much but you learn everyday. I was out there on the field after a long time. With a low total to defend, you try too much as a bowler. I was looking for that extra swing for a left-hander which I was not getting. Overall, Im with happy to be out there,” the former India pace spearhead said. Zaheer also said that Mohammed Shami was fit and available for selection. “Hes (Shami) doing well at the nets. Hes prepared well. Im very confident of him. Hes very positive.” The Daredevils will next play Kings XI Punjab at home on April 15. PTI TAP SSC SSCadvertisementlast_img read more