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Kolkata Knight Riders spinner says team has no option but to move on
By Akshay Manwani
Kolkata 15 April 2012
Having lost their latest match to Kings XI Punjab in front of their home fans from a winning position, the mood in the Kolkata Knight Riders camp was rather despondent. Needing 65 from the last 10 overs with eight wickets in hand, the KKR batsmen stumbled and managed only 132 while chasing 135 for victory. It was the team’s third loss in five outings, and their second at home.
Shakib Al Hasan, who won the Man-of-the-Match honours for his all-round performance two nights ago against the Rajasthan Royals, spoke of the disappointment in the KKR camp following the defeat in an exclusive interview with iplt20.com. What’s the feeling like after today’s loss?
It’s always disappointing when you lose a game, but it feels even more disappointing when you lose such a close game. We feel that we should have won that game. We made so many mistakes and weren’t smart enough to do the right things. We needed only 65 runs in the last 10 overs with 8 wickets in hand, and nine out 10 times, you would think the batting team will win. That didn’t happen. It is disappointing, but you have to move on. There are so many games to be played, and hopefully, we won’t make those mistakes we made tonight.
According to you, what was the turning point in the match?
Our middle-order batsmen didn’t apply themselves well. At one stage, we became a bit too cautious about losing wickets. That’s one area we can certainly improve because on these kinds of wickets, it is difficult to pick up the momentum. It is not a wicket where you can play your shots. You have to be careful, but positive.
Is Yusuf Pathan’s form a matter of concern for KKR?
It is still early in the tournament although five games have been played. When a big player does not perform, there are some issues. Hopefully, he will get his form back soon, and if he gets his form back, we know how destructive he can be, how many matches he can win for us. Hopefully, he will get back in form and contribute for KKR. One positive out of this game was Debabrata Das’s batting. What do you have to say about him?
He is a good young cricketer. He showed a couple of games back that he can play his shots and that he is an intelligent cricketer. The way he batted, I thought he would have won the game for us, but that didn’t happen. In the end it was a very good performance by him.
You have two away games now – in Mohali and Cuttack. Is it difficult to adjust to different conditions so quickly?
It is always difficult to play away from home, but that is how this game works. If we are to go a long [way] in this tournament, we need to win those two games. They are very crucial games for us. I feel we will be up for it and will put up our best performance.
Kings XI Punjab batsman says his team knew they could win if they got basics right
By Akshay Manwani
Kolkata 15 April 2012
After overcoming the Pune Warriors India in their last game, Kings XI Punjab defeated the Kolkata Knight Riders in a keenly contested game to win two back-to-back outings. Having scored a paltry 134 runs while batting first, KXIP were headed for a certain defeat when KKR had knocked off 73 runs from the first 11 overs for the loss of two wickets. However, Piyush Chawla’s double strike in the 13th over turned the game decisively in favour of the visitors. They ultimately managed to restrict the hosts to 132 for seven – two runs shy of KXIP’s total.
David Hussey (32 off 31 balls), who was one of the few batsmen on the evening to come to terms with the Eden Gardens wicket, spoke on the dramatic comeback made by his team in an exclusive interview with iplt20.com. What was the talk in the changing room at the halfway point?
We always said we have enough runs. If we bowled and fielded well and did the basics better than them, we thought we had enough runs. The Indian batsmen in the line-up haven’t really been performing, but the Indian bowlers won you the match today. Does that put greater pressure on the Indian batsmen in your team now that their counterparts are doing well?
There is expectation from all the batters not just Indian batters. There was fantastic bowling tonight by Praveen Kumar up front. Piyush Chawla changed the game and what a last over by Harmeet [Singh]. It was fantastic.
What about Bhargav Bhatt? This was his first game and he bowled exceptionally well?
He is playing nicely. He got a few runs and hopefully he continues his form. Was Harmeet Singh the automatic choice for the last over?
Harmeet was the automatic choice. He does this for us week in and week out. He has bowled fantastically in this tournament, and hopefully, it continues for him. Now you return home for two games at Mohali. Is it difficult to adjust so quickly to different conditions?
Every ground is different, but we play at our home ground very, very well. That’s our fortress. It’s good to come here and win, having such difficult conditions. Hopefully, we go back home, play some decent cricket, and put in a great show for our home crowd.