The Telegraph
Thursday , May 8 , 2014
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Satisfied with result: Gauti

New Delhi/Calcutta: Kolkata Knight Riders skipper Gautam Gambhir was a satisfied man on Wednesday, after leading his side to a comprehensive eight-wicket win over Delhi DareDevils, in New Delhi, on Wednesday.

Gambhir led from the front with a fantastic 69 off 56 balls to help KKR reach their target of 161 runs in 18.2 overs, losing just two wickets. The southpaw said that after their disastrous performance with the bat against the Rajasthan Royals even after getting a great start, they were cautious in their approach on Wednesday.

“We wanted to finish the game off today after what happened in the last game, and I am satisfied with it. We wanted someone to bat through and luckily it was I.

“Given the way we have batted in the last few matches, batting first and putting runs on the board might have looked a better option. But it was a good wicket and it was only going to get better as the game progressed. So, fielding first had helped us,” he said.

On his return to form, the KKR skipper said: “At the start of the tournament, I was not getting runs. I was middling the ball all right, but was not getting runs. I was smiling at that, but deep down I knew how anxious I was to get some runs. I couldn’t get a run in the first three matches of the tournament, and I know that the single run in the fourth match against the Kings XI Punjab was the toughest single of my career. Now I am feeling more confident with each knock.”

Meanwhile, KKR spinner Shakib-al Hasan sounded supremely confident about his team’s chances of reaching the playoffs.

“We have the kind of squad that is capable of performing a miracle,” announced the Bangladesh cricketer, after KKR’s eight-wicket win over DD.”