KKR head coach Brendon McCullum lamented the thumping loss of his side to the Royal Challengers Bangalore in last night’s IPL match, terming his side’s performance as ‘timid’ in nature.
KKR slumped to 32/5 within the first 10 overs thanks to a rampant spell from Mohammad Siraj early on, who became the first bowler to bowl consecutive maidens in an IPL match. From thereon, there were to be no recovery for KKR.
McCullum stated, “Before the game we spoke about showing some intent especially at the top of the order and, unfortunately, we lacked that tonight. So that’s something we have to address. We were very poor with bat in hand. You are not going to win too many games from 40 for 6.
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“We are still fourth in the tournament, which is very fortunate for us. The destiny is still in our hands. We have to tidy up some of the areas. It’s just that we were very timid in our approach. That’s a bit frustrating because we spoke at length before the game about trying to be positive and show some strong intent. If you are defending 84, you win one out of 150 games. Tonight wasn’t good enough from the batting point of view.”
Commending RCB’s bowling performance, McCullum said, “RCB bowled really well. Siraj bowled excellent lines and lengths. He was able to present the seam and ask a few questions to our batsmen. Questions which, in the past, we would have answered better than what we did tonight.”
“We have to bounce back because we have a game in a few days time. That will be the nature of the tournament as well with the conditions being challenging. We have to find a way to pick ourselves and find results when it’s challenging.
Talking about their game plan, the former New Zealand wicketkeeper-batsman said, “We had planned that they will hit us with their seamers. Here in Abu Dhabi, it’s been quite useful for the seamers. If you flip it, (Aaron) Finch was trying to walk at the bowlers and trying to ask some questions. Sometimes that’s what you have to do. You have to be creative to get yourself into the game.
“We have to find a way to enter the game and you can’t be in a situation that we were and expect to win. I don’t think we were able to enter the game at any stage. None of our top-order batsmen were able to get going.”