Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) recorded a fabulous 8-wicket victory over the Rajasthan Royals (RR) at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur on Sunday. In the first innings, the KKR bowlers displayed sensation combined effort to restrict the opposition to a below-par first innings total. While during the run-chase, the opening duo comprising of Chris Lynn and Sunil Narine compiled a scintillating partnership for the first wicket that too at a blazing rate to ease out all the pressure, after which Robin Uthappa finished off the formalities pretty quickly to hand KKR a brilliant win in just 13.5 overs.
We need to improve in a few situations
After the game, KKR skipper Dinesh Karthik praised his boys for their clinical efforts to help the team register its fourth win in the tournament. Karthik reckoned that both the batters as well as the bowlers did a remarkable job last night. However, he also mentioned that there are still certain areas which need improvement.
“It was a pretty clinical effort, the bowlers bowled well and the batsmen backed it up well too. In India, you get to play on a lot of slow surfaces and you need to adapt to them. We need to improve in a few situations, but that’s always the case,” said Dinesh Karthik.
KKR handed a debut to English left-arm fast bowler Harry Gurney and he displayed an excellent performance in his first IPL game, picking two crucial wickets at an impressive economy. “Well Harry (Gurney) is a true professional, he’s played in leagues all over the world,” the KKR skipper added.
I work hard on my variations
Gurney addressed the media reporters during the post-match press conference and mentioned that the Jaipur wicket was suiting his bowling and reckoned it was a nice wicket to bowl on debut. The left-arm fast bowler bowled a fantastic spell on debut during the middle-overs stage to keep the hosts under the radar. Gurney noted that he works really hard on his variations and stated that the yorker delivery is his strength.
“It was a pitch that suited my cutter options, so a nice one to make my debut on. I work hard on my variations and on my yorker and it is nice to have them in tough situations, although I didn’t use it much tonight,” quoted Harry Gurney.
Gurney revealed that he is also working on adding the knuckle delivery under his sleeves, but noted that it will be ready only during the upcoming English summer. “I am working on a knuckle ball but I don’t think it’ll be ready during the IPL, maybe somewhere in the English summer,” the English fast bowler concluded.