Poor fielding cost us the match: Ganguly

Published: Sunday, May 4, 2008, 3:35 [IST]
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Mohali: ''We did well to score 169 runs after struggling at 50 for 5 and bounced back into the game. However, poor fielding and conceding runs in the last overs led to our defeat in a close match," said Sourav Ganguly, captain of the Kolkata Knight Riders, at a press conference after losing by nine runs to Kings XI Punjab in the DLF Indian Premier League at the Punjab Cricket Association Stadium here last night.

In the last over bowled by Ishan Sharma, Kings XI Punjab batsman Piyush Chawla slammed him for three fours, one six and two which turned out to be the turning point of the match. With Irfan taking a bye run of the first ball of the 20th over, this over yielded 21 valuable runs.

Kings XI Punjab coach Tom Moody said "we batted well to post 178 for 6. However, plan execution at the end misfired and consequently, the match ended into a close finish."

Irfan Pathan, who accompanied Moody at the press conference said "we were lucky to get wickets early in the innings." With Sreesanth and Irfan Pathan taking two wickets each, Kolkata Knight Riders were precariously placed at 29 for 4 before David Hussey (71) and WP Saha (not out 59) stemmed the rot and bolstered their innings with a 104-run partnership for the sixth wicket stand.

Replying to a question whether he would emerge as the highest wickettaker in the IPL, Irfan Pathan said "I am focusing that my team should win."

Despite losing four matches in a row in the ongoing Indian Premier League, Kolkata Knight Riders skipper Sourav Ganguly feels his side is still in the running for a semi-final berth.

''We are a good side. We are not out of the competition. You never know in cricket,'' Ganguly told mediapersons after losing against Kings XI Punjab here yesterday. ''We still have five more games and most of them are on home turf.'' Blaming ''missed chances'' for the defeat, the Bengal southpaw said his team failed to keep up the momentum, which allowed the opposition to gain the upper hand.

''Our fourth straight loss in the tournament was owing to missed chances. We lost the game in a certain situation,'' Ganguly explained.

''We dropped a crucial catch, gave away over 20 runs in the last over, lost five early wickets and allowed them to pile up 178 runs after losing five wickets for just over 100 runs,'' he added.


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