Parnell backs DD to fight back

Parnell backs DD to fight back

Parnell backs DD to fight back

Despite their dismal performance in the ongoing Indian Premier League, Delhi Daredevils’ left-arm pacer Wayne Parnell believes his side is very close to conjuring a perfect game in this edition.

Daredevils slumped to their third straight defeat and sixth overall on Wednesday when they lost by eight wickets to another struggling side Kolkata Knight Riders.

“We are really very close to playing a perfect game. We are falling just 10-15 runs short in every game,” Parnell said.

“The encouraging thing for us is that we lost most of our games in the final overs.”
The South African also backed his struggling captain Kevin Pietersen, who has scored just 62 runs in five matches, and called him a class player. 

“On (the) field Kevin’s energy is unbelievable. Yes he hasn’t scored runs but Kevin is a class player and I hope he will score runs in our next game,” Parnell said.

He, however, felt that batting second could have suited them better. “I believe that batting second is easier on this wicket because it is very difficult to defend here,” he said.

Meanwhile, KKR all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan, who shone with the ball with figures of 1-13, hoped their eight-wicket victory would inject new life into their campaign.
“It was a much-needed win for us, hopefully we can kick off from here and achieve better things,” Shakib said.

“We believe it’s possible to reach the last four. It’s not going to be easy but with the squad we have, we can pull of the miracle.”

The Bangladeshi was also all praise for captain Gautam Gambhir.

“Gambhir works really hard and now his hardwork in the nets is paying off. This is his home ground and he loves it here so it wasn’t surprising to see him score. He has been terrific for us.”