Gambhir says 'stupid' on his part to get run-out but Kolkata Knight Riders need to pull up socks

Updated: 02 May 2013 00:11 IST

The left-hander also urged his team to stand up and be counted at the right time, especially when the title defence was in grave danger. Delhi skipper Mahela Jayawardena though was upbeat and all smiles at the presentation ceremony.

Gambhir says 'stupid' on his part to get run-out but Kolkata Knight Riders need to pull up socks
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Kolkata skipper Gautam Gambhir lamented the fact that his team was not playing in unison. Either the bowlers or the batsmen floundered to hand the opposition an advantage. Against Delhi, it were the latter at fault.

Delhi inflicted a 7-wicket defeat on Kolkata after being set a target of 136. "We need to play some better cricket. (We are) Just not playing well as a unit. We have not been consistent as a team. Some days we are bowling well, some days batting well," he said.

He also regretted his run-out, just the second ball of their innings. Gambhir has been the in-form batsman and his dismissal without facing a delivery on Wednesday was a big setback.

"Stupid on my part to be honest (to get run-out) but you cant end up getting 136. We need to pull up our socks."

The left-hander also urged his team to stand up and be counted at the right time, especially when the title defence was in grave danger.

"Concentrate on each game. Do or die situation for us now. Have put ourselves in the situation and now will have to get us out of it ourselves."

Delhi skipper Mahela Jayawardena though was upbeat and all smiles at the presentation ceremony. With his team now at level pegging with Kolkata in the points-table, he looked as pleased as the supporters here.

"We are handling situations much better. Fielding was up to the mark today. We batted really well, bowled well. Things going our way now," said the Sri Lankan.

He also praised his side's fielding efforts despite being almost down and out in the tournament.

"Just kept working hard on our fielding. Some days catches do stick and today was one such."

The batsman wanted his team to take it 'one game at a time' and also was gung-ho about the new stadium in Raipur as well as its crowd.

"We need to go one game at a time. A couple of away games are coming up and it will be good to win those.

"Good to play in Raipur. The crowd is fantastic and the stadium is a great one."

Man of the Match for his 42-ball-66, David Warner, was all praise for the pitch and curator too. Warner also said that he 'loved' to open the batting but was willing to play any role for the team.

"I love playing in that position (opening). But since the team is winning, I am equally enjoying my role at number 4."

He also displayed his wish to have taken the catch to dismiss Yusuf Pathan. It was Irfan who completed the brilliant effort though.

"Great effort by Pathan to get Pathan."

Unmukt Chand, who scored 37 off 39 before falling to Brett Lee's bouncer, was upbeat about the win and 'still hopeful' that Delhi can achieve the improbable.

"It feels great to contribute to my team win. Would have been better if I stayed not-out though.

Since the bowlers had done their job to restrict KKR, Daredevils batsmen had little to do in terms of maintaining run-rate. Unmukt thus played a bit circumspect, with the knowledge that some big hitters down the order can always turn the tide.

"We have a good batting line-up and I just wanted to back myself. After losing Sehwag, plan was to rotate strike initially and take it on from there."

He was also asked if Delhi still believed that they could make it to the play-offs.

"The momentum is right. I hope we carry on. The spirit in the dug-out is still the same and I hope we achieve the impossible."

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