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KKR were smart: Bailey

Cuttack/Calcutta: Kings XI Punjab coach Sanjay Bangar feels the loss to Kolkata Knight Riders on Sunday will serve as a wake up call in the long run.

“At times such wake-up calls are needed. We will have to go back to the drawing board and work on our strategies,” said Bangar after the nine-wicket defeat that broke their run of five consecutive victories.

The coach thinks the batsmen failed to accelerate in the second half of the innings and that led to the loss. “We couldn’t accelerate after the first 10 overs… We ended 25 to 30 runs short and that made the difference.

“Viru (Virender Sehwag) batted well and that is a big positive for us from this match. Because of the loss, Viru’s innings got unnoticed. If he had got some support, we would have reached 170,” explained the coach.

Captain George Bailey felt the Knight Riders read the conditions better and that made the difference.

“The Knight Riders read the conditions better and used them better. They were smart.

“That’s the reason we lost today. The conditions were different from what was there last time around.

“Apart from Sehwag, most of our batsmen found batting difficult on this wicket. Also, the KKR bowlers bowled smartly towards the back end of the innings. They took the pace off the ball and that made scoring all the more difficult,” said Bailey.

Bangar didn’t agree that the team was dependant on Glenn Maxwell and David Miller.

“There’s no doubt that Maxwell and Miller are impact players. But Akshar Patel did well today.”