Kolkata Knight Riders registered a comfortable 6-wicket victory over Rajasthan Royals on Tuesday at the Eden Gardens. After being set a target of 144, KKR reached there in 18 overs. Earlier, bowler Kuldeep Yadav was the star of the match for KKR as he returned with match figures of 4/20 from his four overs.
After the loss, Rajasthan skipper Ajinkya Rahane recognised the grey areas and said that the batsmen needed to take more responsibility.
“The intent was positive (from the team). Jos (Buttler) and Rahul Tripathi batted really well and when I went in I just wanted to carry the momentum forward. Jos was batting really well and it’s not just upto him all the time. Batsmen will have to take responsibility. We have to blame all the batsmen and we lost because we played badly. I felt our bowlers bowled really well. 170-180 would have been very good. We still have a chance. We have to learn from this game and move forward. We know how the wicket will play in Jaipur, so we got to learn and move forward. We will definitely miss Jos and Stokes, but as a cricketer I really feel happy for Jos that he has been picked in the Test squad. As a player you feel really happy when selected to play the Test matches,” Rahane said in the post-match presentation.
On the other hand Kolkata skipper Dinesh Karthik hailed Yadav’s efforts. After the match he said, “I think they started off brilliantly; especially Buttler and Tripathi played really well. But it also shows our character where we just didn’t give up. When we got the chance we just didn’t let it go. Winning one, losing the next and then coming back is a part of the IPL. We just try and put in team bonding sessions, keep interacting and look to put a smile one everyone’s face to keep them motivated.
On the review Karthik took, he said, “Yeah I was convinced. I thought at that stage the wicket was really important. Kuldeep is an international quality bowler and is one of the best Chinaman bowler in the world. He is sometimes so confident that he ends up slacking off and giving out one easy ball. But he is very hardworking, always in the gym and if I can keep him consistent it is enough.“