Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) succumbed to a disappointing 7-wicket defeat at the hands of Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in the last night’s IPL 2019 encounter at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai. On a sluggish Chepauk wicket, the CSK bowling trio of Deepak Chahar, Harbhajan Singh and Imran Tahir bowled amazingly well to reduce the visitors in a crumbling state, managing to score a paltry first innings total of 108 runs. After the loss, KKR skipper Dinesh Karthik admitted that lack of enough runs on the board did hurt their chances.
These are tricky games
Karthik revealed that in tricky games like these, it is very difficult to assess the target in advance. He mentioned that the dew factor too piles on to the misery. However, the skipper noted that after the game comes to an end, then the realization of falling short comes into play.
“Definitely not enough runs on the board. These are tricky games and you don’t know how many runs to set with the dew and everything, but when the game finishes you feel you should gave got 20 more runs, so it’s always a Catch-22 situation,” quoted Dinesh Karthik.
Karthik stated that it gets tough when four wickets fall early at the top during the powerplay. He reckoned that they failed to consolidate the innings after the disappointing start which was the turning point. “When you lose four wickets in the powerplay, you are always behind the eight-ball. Then you have to consolidate and probably hope to go well towards the end, but we couldn’t do that,” he added.
I was happy with the general attitude
The KKR skipper praised his bowlers for their efficient efforts to defend even a below-par first innings total. He noted that he liked the attitude of the bowlers. “I was happy with the general attitude, I like the way we tried defending a small total, especially the spinners with the wet ball,” Karthik further added.
He also mentioned that there wasn’t any lack of concentration from the KKR batters. There have been many discussions in the past asking Karthik to come up the order to provide some solidarity. However, Karthik noted that he is happy to play down the order. “I don’t think it was a lack of concentration from our side with the bat. We have been on the road for three games, and have won two in five days and we shouldn’t be too greedy. We’ve tried hard and as a captain I am okay with not coming up on top everyday,” the KKR skipper concluded.