Pune Warriors India's dismal run in the Pepsi Indian Premier League continued, with the Aaron Finch-led side losing to Kolkata Knight Riders at the Subrata Roy Sahara Stadium in Pune on Thursday (May 9).
Pune's bowlers did a fairly decent job, curtailing Kolkata to 152 despite a Gautam Gambhir half-century. Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Mitchell Marsh claimed five wickets between them, while Parveez Rasool, playing in the first IPL match of his career, returned figures of 1 for 23 in four overs. But the batting let them down severely, resulting in a 46-run defeat.
Angelo Mathews, the Pune allrounder, minced no words after the match, saying he was tired of losing. "153 on this wicket, we could have got there," he said. "But it was unfortunate and personally, I'm tired of losing."
With three matches left in Pune's IPL campaign this year, Mathews said the team's pride was at stake and that they would try and win the remaining matches for the fans.
"When you keep losing you tend to see the morale going down but we are staying tied as a unit and will try our best to somehow win a game. We lost ten in a row (Pune have in fact lost eight at a stretch, their previous victory coming against Chennai on April 15) but the fans still keep coming and supporting us. It's very disappointing that we haven't been playing to our standards."
Mathews was the first-choice captain but dropped himself after a string of poor performances, making way for Aaron Finch. The Sri Lankan cricketer returned to the side against Royal Challengers Bangalore on Thursday (May 2) and has been playing under Finch since.
Mathews felt it was logical for Finch to carry on leading the team to maintain consistency for the team's interests. "I wasn't performing well and it was good to give a chance to someone who was in form," said Mathews. "Even now when I came, I spoke to the management and Alan (Donald) because we shouldn't be rotating captains too often. One should have some sort of consistency, so for the team's best interests we thought we'd have some sort of continuity especially when it comes to leadership."