Mohali, Apr 19: Easily beaten in their home ground by Kolkata Knight Riders, Kings XI Punjab skipper Adam Gilchrist said his side lacked consistency and failed as a batting unit. The visitors won comfortably by eight wickets.
"It was a combination of some poor batting [by us] and very good bowling by KKR. We have been inconsistent. We got off to a decent start, probably one of the better [ones] we have had in five games, but that was cut short when I came off [retired hurt]. We haven't put together a comprehensive batting display at all. There is no doubt about that, the legendary Australian said at the post match press conference on Wednesday.
Punjab, who managed to score a mere 124 for seven, struggled early on after losing Paul Valthaty. Adam Gilchrist tried to score quick runs but pulled a hamstring and was retired hurt.
Punjab's middle order collapsed without any significant contribution, Gilchrist, who returned during the end of the 17th over, hit the only six and remained unbeaten on 40, his best score in this season's IPL.
Speaking about his injury, "I will sit with the physio and find out whether I will need a scan or not. When I was out there [off the field], it didn't get any worse."
After losing the first two games, Punjab striked back to beat Pune Warriors India and Kolkata Knight Riders, "We've got to play better than what we have, as a general rule. We have to play better cricket. We are not far off the post and we obviously feel we can improve," Gilchrist said.
Kings XI batsman Shaun Marsh (33) controversially given out for a catch which was taken low down by KKR wicketkeeper Manvinder Bisla. The on-field umpire ruled him out even though replays suggested there was a doubt.
Asked about the controversial decision, Gilchrist said, "On replays, I am not convinced with that. I thought there was a huge element of doubt there. Shaun asked the wicketkeeper, which I must say, is fairly the way how I opt to play the game. He asked the wicketkeeper, who said yes he caught it, so he walked off."
Gilchrist, who is the coach and wicketkeeper of Punjab, accepts the umpire's decision. "We accept that decision. We all get bad decisions and we have to get on with that. We have seen already a controversy in this tournament on something like that happen, which was not a pretty incident," he said.