‘Gave 20 or 30 runs too many’

Andrew Tye was the pick of the bowlers for Kings XI Punjab, bagging four wickets for 41 runs.

Andrew Tye (second from left) celebrates with teammates after taking the wicket of Kolkata Knight Riders batsman Robin Uthappa.   -  AFP

Andrew Tye has still the purple cap on. But he was in no mood to celebrate even after taking four wickets for Kings XI Punjab’s against Kolkata Knight Riders here on Saturday.

His team lost by 31 runs, sliding to its second defeat in as many games. He said bowling was difficult on what was a good batting wicket. The smaller boundaries added to bowlers’ woes.

He said it was a very hot day too, and the Punjab players were on the field during the day part of the match. “But we have to expect hot days everyday in India,” he tried to reason.

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The Australian paceman, who has taken his tally to 20 wickets at this IPL, said his side conceded 20 or 30 runs too many. “And our bowling has not been consistent,” he said. “We would love to have someone stand up along with K.L. Rahul. Aaron Finch did stand up a bit in this game.”But, that wasn’t enough.

Young KKR seamer Prasidh Krishna, who did well to become the most economic bowler in a match that produced as many as 59 runs, said bowling was a challenge. “When you bowl on a small ground, anything can happen,” he said. “I was prepared to bowl at any stage and my teammates gave me the confidence.”

He gave away just 31 runs in four overs, from which he took two wickets.

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