Kolkata Knight Riders’ Death Bowling Needs Improvement

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Mumbai: Kolkata Knight Riders batsman Manish Pandey said his team needed to improve its death bowling following a four-wicket loss against Mumbai Indians on Sunday.

“Even in the first game against Gujarat Lions, we struggled with death bowling. I thought we can improve a little more. Two games in a row, and it is high time we start thinking and applying our mind about this in the meeting,” Pandey said.

Mumbai Indians needed 64 in the final 30 balls but pulled off a sensational victory with one ball to spare, courtesy youngsters Nitish Rana and Hardik Pandya’s counter-attack, after being reduced to 119/5 at the beginning of the 17th over.

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“If bowlers hit yorkers consistently, it would be obviously difficult for the batsmen. They missed a few, we missed a few. They played very well in the end and we have to work a bit more on death bowling. We shall overcome this,” Pandey said.

“It looked like we might win, but the two batsmen – Hardik Pandya and Nitish Rana – played really well. We could have bowled with a little more plan. We will bounce back,” he said.
Pandey also lauded Hardik Pandya and said that the all-rounder was growing slowly and steadily in confidence.

“He is a very good player and coming up to be a very good all-rounder. We have seen how he has batted and finished games for India at number 7. Slowly he has matured as a player. He is gaining in confidence from all these matches,” he said.

Pandey was satisfied with his innings of 47-ball 81 although it went in vain. “It was definitely satisfying. From where I started, I wanted to finish it, taking one over at a time and eventually stayed till the 19th over. That’s where I can play my game and finish matches,” he said.

He conceded that the dew factor worked against his team in the second innings. “The dew definitely played a big role as the ball comes on to the bat well. There is always an advantage (of batting second) if there is dew,” he said. When asked about the extent of batsman Chris Lynn’s injury, Pandey said it was too early to say anything. Lynn injured his shoulder while fielding. “Lynn has put icing on the shoulder and it is too early to say anything,” Pandey said about the Aussie opener.

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