Despite a humiliating defeat in the match against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) on Wednesday, Kolkata Knight Riders’ coach Brendon McCullum said the team can still make it to the playoffs.
Notably, KKR had scored 84 runs at the loss of eight wickets in 20 overs that made winning the game a piece of cake for in-form RCB. In fact, RCB won the game in just 13.3 overs making it a one-sided affair. The poor performance of KKR has also affected its net run rate, whereas RCB not just scored two points on the points table, but also improved its net run rate.
KKR can make it to playoffs
Brendan McCullum, however, said that KKR’s destiny is in its own hands and the team can still make it to the playoffs.
“This (loss) is going to affect a little bit in terms of our confidence. We need to work hard on ensuring our morale doesn’t drop at the same time having those honest conversations around how we improve,” McCullum said after the disastrous loss.
“But I still firmly believe that we have a side which can be there later on in the tournament, come finals. We just need to improve slightly. We’re still fourth in the tournament, which is very fortunate for us. Destiny is still very much in our hands. We have just got to tighten up some of those areas where we’re deficient tonight and make sure we improve on our performance,” he said.
McCullum admitted that they were not good enough and lacked intent in the lop-sided contest against RCB.
“I didn’t think there was a lot in the wicket. Siraj obviously bowled well and (Chris) Morris at times also. But if anything, we were just a little timid in our approach,” the KKR coach said. He added: “That’s just a bit frustrating because we spoke at length before the game about trying to be positive and show some strong intent, so that’s something we’ll have to address in the next few days.”
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Skipper Eoin Morgan said, “RCB bowled well, but we should have countered that better. And with that dew, we probably should have bowled first.”
Morgan also hoped that Andre Russell and Sunil Narine ‘will be fit and available around the corner’. “Two guys of that calibre, particularly when they are all-rounders, is a big hole. Hopefully they will be available down the line,” the KKR skipper said.
KKR have four matches left to secure a play-off spot and next face Delhi Capitals on Saturday.
IPL points table
As far as the IPL points table is concerned, Delhi Capitals is at the top with 14 points, followed by Royal Challengers Bangalore with 10 points. Mumbai Indians is at the third spot with 12 points, followed by KKR with 10 points.
Kings XI Punjab is at the fifth spot after winning the last three games, followed by Rajasthan Royals, Sunrisers Hyderabad and Chennai Super Kings.
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