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Akshay Manwani in Kolkata 29 April 2012 - 01:58am IST

We were unlucky: Vinay Kumar

Pacer feels that dropped catches cost Royal Challengers Bangalore

Gautam Gambhir played a captain’s innings as he struck a blustery 51-ball 93 to set up a 47-run win for the Kolkata Knight Riders against the Royal Cahllengers Bangalore at the Eden Gardens. However, Gambhir might not have been able to post his best score of the tournament had RCB held on to either one of two catches that came their way off the KKR skipper’s bat as early as in the third over of the match. RCB paceman,

R Vinay Kumar, who spoke to IPLT20.com following the game, alluded to those missed opportunities as the difference between the two sides.

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Was Gambhir’s innings perhaps the difference between the two teams?

He played well, but we were not that lucky. In Zaheer Khan’s first [second] over two catches went down. There were few inside edges as well. He played well, but we were not lucky to have got him [out] earlier.

Like you said, your fielding was not up to the mark. There were dropped catches and misfields. What went wrong?

It happens. He [Harshal Patel] took the catch but then as he dived, with his elbow touching the ground, the ball went through. The Chris Gayle catch also; sometimes the ball needs to stick in the hands. He [Gambhir] played really well. But like I said, we weren’t that lucky today.

You were one of the few bowlers who was, relatively, not all that expensive. What were you doing differently?

T20 is a batsmen’s game. At time even when you bowl a good ball, batsman hits it out of the ground. You have to bowl to your strength and back yourself. When batsmen get going, it becomes very difficult. With the good balls also they will connect. They [KKR] were in a very good position; they lost only one wicket and hence managed to get so many runs.

Did the wicket change a lot in the second innings? What was it like?

It was a little on the slower side compared to the first innings. We lost early wickets and that put pressure on [Chris] Gayle. In the end [though] he played really well. If we had wickets in hand, definitely we would have chased the score [down].

You now play your next two games at home. Will that help you recover from this defeat?

Nothing wrong with the loss in this game, but we still have seven games left. We are going to take one match at a time and try to win every game.

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