Mohali, Apr 13: Pune Warriors' pacer Ashish Nehra blamed fielding lapses for their eight wicket loss against Kings XI Punjab at Mohali on Thursday night.
Warriors put to bat by Kings XI after winning the toss, were dismissed for a modest 115 off 19 overs as the hosts chased the target with ease within 18 overs.
Nehra lamented on the team's fielding, as they missed a few chances which could have turned the match as "The kind of chances we got...(Robin) Uthappa missed one caught behind chance of Shaun Marsh. Jessy Ryder missed one run out and there was a drop chance off my bowling," Nehra said at a post-match press conference on Thursday.
Nehra further said he was disappointed with the start Pune Warriors got, as they lost Jesse Ryder early in the innings, as it resulted in the total which was 20-30 runs short. Moreover, the team couldn't play 20 overs which needs to be addressed soon.
"The first half was a bit slow, with ball doing a bit, but we didn't even play full 20 overs. Had we batted through and got 130-135 with the kind of bowling we have and supported with the fielding, things could have gone in our favour."
He also felt it was bad to lose the toss as the ball was doing a bit early in the innings.
"...bad toss to lose, I would say. The ball was doing a bit," he said.
Warriors who won the first two games, registered their first loss, Nehra said these are the early days of the tournament.
"T20 is that kind of a format, there will be ups and downs. I am sure in future we will learn from our mistakes."
The Delhi-pacer, playing for Pune Warriors in IPL 5 remained wicket-less after conceding 22 runs off 3 overs against Kings XI Punjab, said he was satisfied with his performance and admitted that he missed a couple of matches due to a muscle-pull.
"The muscle pull is okay now and hopefully as the tournament progresses, I will keep bowling well," said Nehra, who also missed the last edition of IPL due to a hand surgery.
"Last year's IPL, I didn't play because of hand surgery. I am fine now and hopefully will have a good IPL (this season)."