Gautam Gambhir (left) was out for a first-ball duck © IANS
Gautam Gambhir (left) was out for a first-ball duck © IANS

Chennai: Going down to Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in a thriller, Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) skipper Gautam Gambhir on Tuesday said his batsmen messed up the game by playing too many dot balls and failing to rotate the strike. READ: Kolkata Knight Riders choke against Chennai Super Kings, fail to chase 135

Gambhir said his opening batsman Robin Uthappa and Manish Pandey had started off well, but could not carry on. “We just got stuck. We should have rotated the strike. Letting the spinners run away with three or four runs an over was not on,” Gambhir said after the match at MA Chidambaram Stadium which his team lost by only two runs. IPL 2015 Highest run-scorer: List of best batsmen in IPL 8

Replying to CSK’s 134 for six, KKR could get to only 132 for nine. Gambhir said the top four batsmen in his team should have batted till the 15th over. “One of the top four has to bat till the 15th over, especially in these kinds of totals. We need to be smarter. We need to stop playing so many dot balls, that’s where we messed up,” he said. IPL 2015 Points Table & Team Standings

Gambhir hoped to turn the tables on Chennai in the second leg game on April 30 at the Eden Gardens. “We play them again in two days, so hopefully we can turn it around.” However, Gambhir praised his bowlers for containing Chennai within 134. “Containing Chennai to 134 was tremendous. Should have chased it down, especially with the start we got. But the batsmen got stuck,” says Gautam Gambhir. “When you win the toss and put the opposition in, and you restrict them to 134 was fantastic,” he said. Indian Premier League (IPL) 2015: Complete coverage