Monday, May 23, 2011

KKR Skipper defends Balaji

Posted by Admin On 10:41 AM

Kolkata Knight Riders captain defended Balaji, who went for 23 runs in the last over to hand MI a five-wicket win. Require 21 runs of the last over, Balaji was hit for four successive boundaries by Franklin and then Rayudu ended off the run chase with a six of the last ball to end Mumbai`s three-match behind streak.

But Gautham expressed confidence that Balaji will make a strong comeback in their eliminator against the same opponents on Wednesday at the Wankhede Stadium.It happens in cricket. Bala tried his best. This is what happen in T20 cricket, it`s just one of those bad days. Every now and then, you have to bowl to your field, every now and then you have to bowl smartly. Balaji will come back powerfully,Gautham said after the match.

Gautham Gambhir was in no mood to be bogged down by the defeat and said they have many positives to take away into the play-off stage of the tournament.Getting 176 it was a big effort. It was more than a par score and we were very happy with the total. Spinners and Brett Lee bowled well. We have positives to take away from this game barring the last over. Getting the total was a fantastic effort,said Gautham.

You should see the presentation of every player. I can`t state one area, we have done well in all section. We have more positives to take than negatives,he said about the KKR outfit`s round robin movement, where they finished fourth with 16 points (eight wins) from 14 match.

Finishing fourth behind MI, the KKR will now have to face the same opponents in the elimination round to be played in MI on Wednesday. Gambhir said they would have to do things in hard way from here on as even after winning the eliminator, they will have to get past the loser of the first play-off to make it to Saturday title clash.

MI captain Skipper said he was happy to get back to the winning impetus ahead of the play-offs, especially after a hat-trick of beat.It was a magnificent match. Our team batted well, great finish by Rayudu and Franklin. It was significant to regain our impetus,he said.


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