Kolkata Knight Riders right-handed and middle-order batsman Manish Pandya said that his team required to improve their death bowling a four-wicket loss against Mumbai Indians on Sunday.
After the match loss against Mumbai Indians, Pandey said in the post-match media conference at Wankhede Stadium. “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.”
Talking about the match, Mumbai Indians needed 64 runs from 30 balls but pulled off a sensational victory with one ball to spare with MIs young players Nitish Rana and Hardik Pandya’s counter-attack, after being reduced to 119 for 5 at the beginning at 17 over.
MIs Panday said, “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.”
“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.
Pandey said about Hardik that he is 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.”
MIs Pandya was happy with his innings of 47 off 81; he said “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 concluded talking about the dew factor 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.”
Asked about the extent of Chris Lynn, he said: “Lynn has put icing on the shoulder and it is too early to say anything.”