KKR focus on winning games to seal play-off berth

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Published: Tuesday, May 15, 2012, 11:59 [IST]
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KKR can turn things around, says Gambhir

Kolkata, May 15: After two consecutive losses, Kolkata Knight Riders have slid to the third spot and are in danger of missing the play-offs but skipper Gautam Gambhir is confident that his team will change things around in the remaining matches.

Due to Back-to-back losses in the last few days against big teams Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings, KKR has slid to the third spot and faces a threat as they might miss out on qualifying for play-offs.

Gambhir feels the team has played extremely well and has not been disheartened as he still believes the team can put their campaign back on track.

"We played some very good cricket in the last two games. It's not that we were beaten convincingly. It's really disheartening not to be able to finish the games, but we played both the games to the best of our ability," the left-hander said during the post-match press conference on Monday.

"We can take a lot of positives out of it (the match). With the kind of cricket we are playing, hopefully we can turn it around pretty soon," Gambhir said.

With two more games to go, Gambhir's XI are focused on winning games and qualify for the play-offs.

"We still have two more games and are still third in the table. The table was always such that every team had a chance.

"If we go and win one more we may go to the top. It's just a matter of playing each game as it comes." KKR's star-studded middle-order failed to capitalise on a 99-run opening stand as CSK restricted the hosts to 158 for six.

When questioned about his team's middle-order's poor form, Gambhir backed his batsmen and said there is no need to change the playing XI for the next two matches in IPL 5.

"Do I need to decide the playing at the moment? I think the more you have stability in the side the better it is," Gambhir said.

"You just can't go out there and keep chopping and changing. We have gone with our core players throughout the tournament. We have showed confidence on them. You need to keep backing your players and show faith in them. That's what captaincy is all about," the KKR skipper.


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