Poor fielding cost us couple of matches, says Kings XI Punjab coach Darren Lehmann

Kings XI Punjab have just five wins from 13 matches and practically have no chance of making it to the play-offs.

Last updated on Monday, 13 May, 2013 19:57 IST
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Bangalore: With practically no chance of making it to the play-offs, Kings XI Punjab coach Darren Lehmann lamented about on-field bloopers that had cost his team a couple of crucial matches.

"If we could have done anything better this year, it is our fielding. If we could have caught everything, we could have won a couple extra games," Lehmann stated during the pre-match media interaction ahead of his team's IPL league game against Royal Challengers Bangalore on Tuesday.

"The focus will be on bowling really well and hold onto our chances more than anything else because RCB have some dangerous players," he added.

King's XI have five wins from 13 matches and are at the seventh spot with just three matches in hand.

Lehmann, who guided Deccan Chargers to IPL title in 2009 and more recently Brisbane Heat to the Big Bash League title in 2013, said that it would be a challenge for Kings XI to play against a side that has done really well at home.

"We have just got to perform better than we have in the last couple of games. The other night, we were 20 per cent short of where we wanted to be and missed some chances on the field," he said about their home loss to Sunrisers Hyderabad.

On team's enjoying home advantage, Lehmann, said the sides have dominated 75 per cent of their respective home games and the reason for this could be that one feels settled if they are based there for a fair amount of time.

"I think it's a case of the teams not playing as well as they should have away from home. It might be different next year, but for this season players and teams have not adapted well away from their home venues," the Aussie felt.

Story first published on: Monday, 13 May 2013 19:51 IST

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