One has to pity the ever magnificent Gautam Gambhir after his side crashed out from the race after yet another fascinating season. Suffering a terrible loss against their old nemesis Mumbai Indians, the men from Kolkata were decimated right from the very offset.
Losing half the side while batting first with barely 30 runs on the board, would hardly win any team a game. That was to be the story of the Kolkata Knight Riders in this game.
Coming back to the game, the true heroes were Mumbai’s bowlers, who got the better off the Knight Riders. The leg spin of Karn Sharma proved to be a colossal headache for the Knights, as the leg-spinner ended up with the figure of 4-16. With a target of just 109, Mumbai strolled home without much of a fuss and are now into the finals.
Post the loss, skipper Gautam Gambhir held his head high. The southpaw lauded his side for performing well throughout the season and said that he was proud of his side.
“We discussed after the last game as well this is not a 160-170 wicket. This is a wicket where you could get 130-140. Obviously, we lost too many wickets upfront. Once you lose 5 wickets for 31. It is very difficult to come back,” said Gambhir.
“But 107 was never enough to get the opposition all-out. Had we got 140 odd, we could have been in the game. We all know they are a quality side and we had to be up for it. If you lose 5 wickets in the first 6-7 overs, you never recover. We kept losing wickets and could never target any particular bowler. We thought 130-140 would have given us something to make a game out it. Proud of the boys. we put everything we could. We did not take any short cuts. Mumbai was a better side today,” the southpaw added.
“But if you look back at things we could have finished in the top two. We had two opportunities. Once against Kings XI, we messed it and then again against Mumbai Indians. We made that kind of mistakes and a bad game like today haunted us bad. Just wish both Mumbai and Pune, may the best team win,” said a smiling Gambhir.