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Lack of consistency our main problem: Sammy

Hyderabad: The newly-appointed Sunrisers Hyderabad skipper Darren Sammy was a disappointed man after his team’s seven-wicket loss to Kolkata Knight Riders on Sunday.

The West Indian, who replaced Shikhar Dhawan for the season, partly blamed himself for the loss that made Sunrisers’ task of reaching the qualifiers tougher. “We fell a few runs short and I should have been able to accelerate the score and take the total past 150,” said Sammy.

“Lack of consistency was our main problem,” said Sammy. “In the last match, we batted well but bowled badly. This match, we batted poorly but I give full marks to my bowlers for trying to make a match of it. We need to be more consistent. Otherwise, we won’t be able to get the required success,” he said.

Asked whether he felt disappointed in his debut match as captain for the Sunrisers this season, Sammy said: “We fought well despite not scoring too many runs. With one more wicket, we could have made their task difficult.”

Sammy was full of praise for his West Indies teammate Sunil Narine, who once again proved to be a key bowler for Knight Riders. “We are all aware of his quality… he is a very difficult bowler to bat against. He has so much variation. He still does not give more than six runs in an over.”

The Sunrisers captain did not accept the suggestion that Rajiv Gandhi Stadium was proving unlucky for his team. “That’s not right. Last year, on this ground, we only lost to Chennai. Of course, the conditions then were different. We have to be consistent… that is all we need.”

Sammy accepted that the defeat against KKR had made his team’s job a lot more difficult. “We have three more matches… We would like to win all three and hope for the best. We have to depend on others now, but at the same time, we should try and play our best cricket,” he said with a smile.