Kings XI Punjab recently suffered a big defeat by the hands of the already struggling Royal Challengers Bangalore by 8 wickets. Talking about the same, the KXIP bowlers, Ryan Harris said that the team suffered defeat as they failed to control the middle overs and hence lost their fourth match in IPL 2019. With this match, the RCB tasted their first victory in the visitors’ grounds whereas KXIP couldn’t save the match despite the unbeaten 99 runs from Universal Boss, Chris Gayle.
“Once again, we got ourselves into a good position where we can launch but we probably haven’t done that the wicket slowed up a bit through the middle. We saw that with the way Chris Gayle started and then struggled towards the end. The RCB bowlers adapted pretty well and changed the pace on the ball,” said Harris.
Saying that, it was a pretty good innings from Chris Gayle says Harris
Talking about the defeat, Harris said that they were not able to build a solid platform as they were short of 20 runs of what would have been a winning total. The KXIP went forth to bat first and posted a total of 173/4 after Gayle hit an unbeaten 99 runs. Harris praised Gayle for his impressive innings and said that he got no support from the other batsmen.
“We been in situations a few times now where we’ve were four down and we were probably 20 short of where we really should have been. Saying that, it was a pretty good innings from Chris Gayle. I thought he led the team really well (with his batting). To be able to do that, trying to control the middle. I guess we lost a lot of wickets as well during the middle, doesn’t really help as it stops the run rate,” said Harris.
The disappointing thing for me is we bowled well in patches says Harris
Harris said that the team lost the match owing to the fact that they were not able to bowl well consistently. “The disappointing thing for me is we bowled well in patches. We’ve had a couple of really good games which I saw as an improvement and then we saw the game out there today where plans that we made were a long way off. So we got to get ourselves back together quickly, we can’t afford to lose many more – saw the table, it’s pretty chock-a-block, it’s pretty close, so we can’t afford to drop too many games,” said Harris.