Cape Town, Oct 16: Kolkata Knight Riders skipper Gautam Gambhir admitted that his team played poor cricket as they lost yet another group match against Auckland by 7 wickets at Cape Town on Monday, and urged his team mates to play better cricket in the tournament in the remaining matches to stay afloat in Champions League T20.
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"We need to play some smart cricket, some better cricket than what we are capable of and try to get the results in our favour. Hopefully, we can win both our remaining games," said Gambhir, after his team lost to Auckland Aces by 7 wickets on Monday.
Kolkata Knight Riders face themselves in a must-win situation as they play their next two matches against Perth Scorchers (Wednesday) and Titans on Oct 21 (Sunday).
Gambhir also admitted that the team is expected to play well in the remaining matches in order to get favourable results in the tournament.
"We need to win our next two games, that's very important for us," he added.
Moreover, he felt that Azhar Mahmood's 10th over, made the difference as he claimed two wickets (Jacques Kallis and Manoj Tiwary for a nought) in that over which cut the run flow as McCullum took charge to help the team go past the three figure mark.
"Azhar's first over turned the entire momentum in their favour. We lost two wickets in that particular over. The way they (Auckland Aces) bowled, a lot of credit should be given to them," Gambhir said.