You can't be playing cricket at two o'clock! - Coulter-Nile

Claudine Rigal
Mai 19, 2017

"The wicket is not that great to play shots here, because if you had played your shots, you would have been bowled out for 70-80 runs. It's unfortunate. They won the toss and so they deserved to win".

Knight Riders' Nathan Coulter-Nile kept bowling cross-seam and got the ball to stop on the batsmen. "Across 20 overs, we had a chance of defending it".

Hyderabad skipper David Warner top-scored with 37 runs but all Hyderabad batsmen struggled to get quick runs against KKR's measured performance on the field.

Nathan Coulter-Nile and Umesh Yadav were the pick of the bowlers for Gambhir's team and shared five wickets amongst them while conceding a paltry 41 runs. Gautam Gambhir demonstrated as much with his unbeaten 19-ball 32, which helped Knight Riders home with four balls to spare. But before that, when the champions' explosive batting line-up was put to test by a disciplined Kolkata bowling attack, on a slow pitch, runs came at a trickle for the full course of their innings. Fit-again Coulter-Nile looked in good shape too, taking the wicket of New Zealand captain Kane Williamson (24; 26b; 2x4, 1x6) who hit a good length delivery outside off stump straight to Suryakumar Yadav - playing in place of injured Manish Pandey - at extra cover. We've seen how teams have defended 130-135 here.

First Williamson departed caught at extra cover by Suryakumar Yadav off Coulter-Nile while trying to lift the ball over the in-field and then in the next over risky Warner was cleaned up by Chawla.

"So, I think we batted well".

To not get there, Knight Riders needed a serious meltdown, and they nearly had one when they lost three wickets in the first seven deliveries, but the advantage of a truncated game always favours the chasing team.

"The way we batted wasn't good enough and six over games can be niggly".

Notwithstanding their exit on a rain-marred encounter, both Warner and Muralitharan found enough reasons to classify their season a success. Afghan spinner Rashid Khan (17 wickets) was a revelation while the likes of Vijay Shankar, Siddarth Kaul and Mohammed Siraj came good on their promise. "I'm very happy, coaches are happy. But it rained and rained and we were itchy", he added. "The batsmen played well, the bowlers who we picked at the auction did well". Even then, Mumbai Indians will not hold back led by Rohit Sharma they will have their own plan to checkmate KKR. He wrote, "Satisfying win but my heart goes out 2 @SunRisers, tough 2 fathom such a loss". It doesn't always go your way. We take it on the chin and say "Ok, it's not our year".

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