'Our batting let us down': Kumble

Published: Saturday, September 18, 2010, 12:27 [IST]
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'Our batting let us down': Kumble

Bangalore Royal Challengers skipper Anil Kumble admitted that the failure of his batting side led to the humiliating eight-wicket defeat to South Australia in the Champions League Twenty20 match at Durban.

The Royal Challengers top order without Jacques Kallis fell flat against the Redbacks. Ross Taylor, Dillon du Preez and Cameron White were the only players who managed to handle the Redbacks bowlers and put some runs for the team. But apart from the three players, the other were dismissed rather cheaply and eventually the score put up by the team was not enough.

“Too many wickets at regular intervals, especially losing (Ross) Taylor at that stage. Dillon (du Preez) got us to 150, we could have put pressure if we got early wickets," a disappointed Kumble said after the match.

“We could have bowled better, but should have had 15 runs more," he added.

Kumble also admitted that they missed South African all-rounder Jacques Kallis" service and hoped he will be available for the next match in the tournament. “The next game is a must-win for us. Hopefully Kallis will be fit for the game," he said.

RCB will now face Mumbai Indians on September 19.

Meanwhile, South Australia captain Michael Klinger, who was adjudged man of the match, was satisfied with the team"s performance.

“This is really good all-round performance. We have got the talent to beat anyone and the boys are believing in it at the moment. Great atmosphere in the dressing room, this is fantastic," he said.

“(Shaun) Tait is a fantastic weapon for us. Daniel Christian is one of the best in the death," he added.

The captain also said that they have put much effort to improve the fielding of the team. “We have put a lot of efforts in fielding and we are getting the results," said Klinger.


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