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It was just a bad day, says Zaheer Khan on defeat against Kolkata in IPL

Trying to put up a brave face after suffering a humiliating nine-wicket loss against Kolkata Knight Riders in their IPL 9 opener, Delhi Daredevils captain Zaheer Khan has said that it was just a “bad day” in office for his side.

The new-look Daredevils, who are yet to go past the last four stage in IPL’s eight seasons, slumped to their seventh sub-100 total after being skittled out for 98, a target the Knight Riders overwhelmed with consummate ease in 14.1 overs at Eden Gardens last night.

But Zaheer said it would be wrong to write the Daredevils off in the tournament that had just begun.

“Well, I’m smiling. I know it’s been a tough day out there for us but it was just one bad day. It’s just the beginning of the season, and I hope things will come along.

Good things are in store,” Zaheer said at the post-match press conference.

“It’s a long tournament and I’m sure every team will have a bad day. It does happen sometimes. Hopefully for us that day is out of the way and we’re looking ahead for the remaining league matches.

“We will stay together and turn things around. It’s going to be a long season, it’s too early to think about anything,” he maintained.

The Daredevils batting department failed to last the distance as they were bowled out in 17.4 overs.

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