Kolkata Knight Riders coach Trevor Bayliss blames poor batting for loss

Gautam Gambhir was dismissed runout without facing a ball against Delhi Daredevils at Raipur © IANS

Raipur: May 2, 2013

Kolkata Knight Riders coach Trevor Bayliss has come down heavily on his batsmen, saying their failure to post decent totals in the ongoing season of IPL has put the bowlers and fielders under a lot of pressure.

Defending champions KKR lost their seventh match out of 10 games in the IPL-6 as they went down to Delhi Daredevils last night in a low-scoring affair at the Shaheed Veer Narayan Singh International Stadium.

“Batting has not been very good in most of the innings.Low totals put a lot of pressure on bowlers and fielders,” Bayliss said at the post-match press conference on Wednesday night.

Stressing on the need to improve the team’s batting, Bayliss said, “We would try to get back the best players in the top order. We also need to give confidence to the middle order so that the team can score 150 plus, a competitive total in the game.”

Bayliss admitted that the poor fielding has also proved fatal for his team in the match against Delhi Daredevils.

“It was a tough game as we needed to take wickets while defending a low total. I was certainly disappointed with dropped catches. Those should have been taken,” he said.

Asked what would be KKR’s strategy in the remaining six league matches, Bayliss said, “So far it hasn’t been the best season for the team. Few more games are left and the strategy will be to score more runs and take more wickets.”