Mumbai: Shreyas Iyer-led Kolkata Knight Riders lost to Royal Challengers Bangalore after a failed batting performance. The top-order was removed within the power play and the team could only put 128 runs on board. Though the bowlers tried their best to turn the table around by taking frequent wickets and making the chase difficult for RCB but the effort went in vain when the contribution of all players got them the win.
“I really found this game exciting. Before getting in, I spoke with my boys and told them that this game is going to define our character and attitude on the field no matter we defend or not. The way we fight it on the ground, that is really going to reflect our mentality in the next few games. I am really proud of the way we played this game and took it till the last over. It was really tough at that moment because I wanted to get my best bowlers up there and get a few wickets early on, but it didn’t work out really well,” said Shreyas Iyer after losing the game.
“Kudos to their batsmen, they played really well out in the middle. They took out the toughest phase as soon as possible. In the end, I decided to go with Venky because he’s also got really good experience bowling at international level and you need to back them, especially at the start of the tournament. It’s really important they gain confidence as early as possible and this was one of the best games to get that.”
“The wicket was looking a bit dicey at the start, it was two-paced, variable and the bounce was odd. We wanted to get off to a really good start and that’s what we planned. The execution part was tough. We are going to come back with the same mindset, we are not going to chicken out. That’s what we want to focus on, and that’s what we spoke about coming into the tournament that we’ll be someone who’d be taking risks,” he added.
“Next time when we come, we need to rectify the errors and see to it that we get the momentum as early as possible. He (Wanindu Hasaranga) bowled really well, he got off to a good start after getting my wicket. I was able to read him pretty well at the start. We had decided that we’ll play him as an off-spinner but unfortunately he bowled really good lines and lengths. He’s also very experienced and he was getting some help on this wicket. Congratulations to him,” he concluded.
first published:March 30, 2022, 11:55 p.m.