IPL 2012: Kumar Sangakkara blames batsmen for defeat against KKR

Kumar Sangakkara (R) took solace from the fact that at least Deccan Chargers are making life difficult for their rivals AFP

Cuttack: Apr 22, 2012

They have suffered fifth defeat in a row and risk going out of the tournament but Deccan Chargers skipper Kumar Sangakkara said their bowlers have done well and it’s the batting that has not clicked much.

Deccan put on a modest 126 for seven against Kolkata Knight Riders and went on to lose the match by five wickets.

The Sri Lankan also took solace from the fact that at least they are making life difficult for their rivals. He said they did not have enough runs on the board despite making a good start.

“We got a great start, was a great platform. We should have got 150, but KKR fielded brilliantly. We can talk about another missed catch probably, but we bowled well, and made it difficult for KKR,” Sangakkara said.

Kolkata skipper Gautam Gambhir also appreciated the way Deccan bowlers bowled and made it a tight contest.

“The wicket was low, credit to Deccan for the way they bowled. It was a matter of applying themselves, and Manoj and the others did that,” he said.

KKR paceman Brett Lee, who bowled 15 dot balls in his four overs, was declared Man-of-the-Match.

“We summed the wicket up pretty well today. We tried to put the new ball up there to try and get the nicks, but then we took pace off it,” he said.(PTI)