Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) skipper, Gautam Gambhir has termed losing wickets at regular intervals as the chief reason behind his team’s terrible loss at the hands of Rajasthan Royals at Jaipur on Monday, April 8th.
Batting first, the Royals put up a decent total of 146 on the board. Ajinkya Rahane played well after losing his opening partner Shane Watson, and scored quick 36 runs. After that, Brad Hodge did the damage, and added very crucial 46 runs later in the innings.
It was not a tough task for the strong Kolkata batting line-up. But nothing worked well. The side lost a few early wickets. Eoin Morgan tried his best to fish the side out of the hot waters, but there was no one to help him. The batsmen continued to go back
to the pavilion at the regular wickets.
Morgan scored 51 runs, but his effort was not enough for the team. As a result, the Gambhir-led crew lost the game by 19 runs. The skipper was not reluctant to admit that the batsmen could not stay at the wicket for a long time.
He said after the match: "Some of the shots were outrageous and we cannot keep making those mistakes. The way we have bowled has been fantastic, especially Sunil Narine. It was an even contest for both batsmen and bowlers. That’s what you want, good competition."
Rahul Dravid, on the other hand, was delighted over his team’s great work. He praised for his batting show, and said that Siddharth Trivedi was the key player for his side. Trivedi scalped three wickets only for 23 runs, and scopped the ‘Player of the Match’
"It is our first win (in Rajasthan) with five fast bowlers," said the ‘Wall’ jokingly. "We were below par with the bat but it is a good win nonetheless. Brad Hodge and Dishant Yagnik’s innings at the end got us to a fighting total. Gambhir’s wicket was a
big one. Overall we bowled pretty well. Siddharth Trivedi bowled an amazingly good spell. With such batsmen we could not have played spinners so why not bombard them with pace."