Need to do better in the field: Lehmann

KXIP coach says getting early breakthroughs against RCB vital

By Harsh Kalan
Bengaluru 13 May 2013
With 10 points from 13 games, King XI Punjab have a tough road ahead of them as far as Playoffs qualification is concerned. The Adam Gilchrist-led side has shown flashes of brilliance, but has mostly fallen desperately short of obtaining favourable results in IPL 2013.

With three more games to go in their regular season, KXIP will have to play out of their skins and also hope for results of some other contests to go their way. Coach Darren Lehmann spoke about how his team needs to pull up their socks during the business end of the tournament.

“Every game is a must-win. So we have just got to perform better than we have in the last couple of games,” said Lehmann while talking to the media ahead of their game against the Royal Challengers Bangalore. “The other night (against Sunrisers Hyderabad) we were 20 percent short of where we wanted to be; we missed some chances in the field. I think Hyderabad probably should have made only 120-130. So we can’t worry about anything else other than getting better each time we play.”

While KXIP overcame RCB last week, on the back of a memorable century by David Miller in Mohali, Lehmann acknowledged the fact that the Virat Kohli-led side is a formidable unit in home conditions.

“Obviously, they have got some dangerous players. We will have to bowl really well and hold our chances in the field,” said Lehmann as he sized up the likes of Chris Gayle, AB de Villiers and Kohli. “This year, if we had caught everything coming our way, we would have won a couple of extra games. If we can do that and get Gayle early, that would be ideal.”

Meanwhile, the KXIP coach is hoping that should his side bat first, his team’s batters ought to exploit the conditions and put up a big total on a wicket that is known for high-scoring matches. However, he stressed on how getting early breakthroughs would stand his side in good stead against a team like RCB.

“It’s a challenge for us to play a side that plays well at home. So, it’s a good contest for us with quality players and a chance for us to get better as a side,” Lehmann said. 
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