IPL 2022: Really proud the way KKR played, says Skipper Shreyas Iyer after narrow loss against RCB
IPL 2022: After a three-wicket loss to Royal Challengers Bangalore on Wednesday at Navi Mumbai, Kolkata Knight Riders captain Shreyas Iyer pleased with his team’s performance.
RCB bowlers, led by Wanindu Hasaranga’s four-wicket haul, limited KKR to 128 runs before excellent lower-order contributions from RCB hitters got them over the line in a last-over thriller.
Shreyas Iyer in the post-match presentation said: “I really found this game exciting. Before getting in, I spoke with my boys and told them that this game is going to define our character and attitude on the field no matter we defend or not. The way we fight it on the ground, that is really going to reflect our mentality in the next few games. I am really proud the way we played this game and took it till the last over.”
With 24 required from the final three overs, Tim Southee struck twice in the – to dismiss Rutherford and Wanindu Hasaranga, adding a new twist to the story. Harshal Patel then smashed two important fours off Venkatesh Iyer in the last over, before Dinesh Karthik finished the chase with a six and a four.
Talking about the bowlers’ choice in those final three overs, Iyer said: “It was really tough at that moment because I wanted to get my best bowlers up there and get a few wickets early on but it didn’t work out really well. Kudos to their batsmen, they played really well out in the middle. They took out the toughest phase as soon as possible. In the end, I decided to go with Venky. Because he’s also got really good experience bowling at the international level. And you need to back them, especially at the start of the tournament. It’s really important they gain confidence as early as possible. And this was one of the best games to get that.”
Later, the KKR captain commented on the pitch conditions. And the team’s mentality as the season progressed.
He said: “The wicket was looking a bit dicey at the start. It was two-paced, variable and the bounce was odd. We wanted to get off to a really good start and that’s what we planned. The execution part was tough. We are going to come back with the same mindset, we are not going to chicken out. That’s what we want to focus on and that’s what we spoke about coming into the tournament. That we’ll be someone who’d be taking risks. Next time when we come, we need to rectify the errors. And see to it that we get the momentum as early as possible.”