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One way or the other, KKR fail to get it right

Nadim Siraj

Posted: Apr 06, 2010 at 0854 hrs IST
      

Kolkata: Five losses from nine games is a fair reflection of the Kolkata sideís inconsistent form. With their batting and bowling departments not quite complementing each other in the first half of the tournament, there happens to be a marginal difference between their win and loss count.

A case in point was KKRís loss against Kings XI at Eden Gardens on Sunday where despite scoring 200 the home team lost by 8 wickets. But where the blame for this loss rested with the bowlers, in KKRís previous defeat, the batsmen had failed to deliver when, chasing 178 against Delhi, the team was dismissed for 137.

ďWe were defending 200, but we didnít bowl well at all. At no stage of the chase did we apply pressure on the opponents. The boundaries kept coming, and we didnít make them feel the pressure. We failed to defend a defendable total,Ē Ganguly said.

Former national selector Sambaran Banerjee, who has been closely associated with the Bengal players in the KKR outfit, blames it on the teamís inability to find the right combination. ďKKRís real problem is the team managementís poor planning. They are past the halfway stage of the tournament now, but they still donít know their set playing XI or their main 15-member combination. Itís costing them matches. Even Wasim Akramís presence in the dug out hasnít helped. ďOne can only feel sorry for Akram, you canít expect magic from him. If the KKR bowlers canít get their variations right in the matches, no one can help it,Ē he said.

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