It was disappointing to lose our first game, but even in the past we have been slow starters. There’s no reason to get downcast, especially how quickly things can change in this format. When you start any event, especially one as long as this, you want to get a win under the belt, but that did not happen for us.
The wicket at the Eden Gardens was on the slow side and perhaps we went too hard at the bowling early on. We’ve discussed the importance of making the fielding restrictions in the first six overs count, so perhaps eagerness got the better of us. Also, three of the wickets that fell were to batsmen playing a stroke and dragging the ball onto the stumps. I’m not making excuses, but on another day, if luck was on our side, the ball could have easily missed the stumps and run away to the boundary. We were short on runs, and even as well as Kolkata bowled, 135 was a below-par score.
When KKR chased, they did not give up wickets upfront and this settled the game in their favour. When you’re defending a small total, you need early breakthroughs, and we couldn’t get them. We also missed a run out, so in that sense it was not a good day for us in any of the three departments of the game.
Punjab have also lost their first match, and this makes today’s game a sort of must-win for both teams. In this competition you need to get the momentum going, and the only way to do that is by winning matches.
It’s our first home game of this season and we have to pull up our socks. Our fans in Bangalore are looking forward to seeing us succeed, and we will be looking to turn things around and get some points on the board.
With back-to-back matches and a bit of travel thrown in, all the players are physically tuned to play. It’s more a question of managing the mental make up of the unit. When we take the field at home, we’ll be looking to be positive about what we need to do. An attacking mindset, where you’re looking to cash in on any opportunity that comes your way, is just what is needed in the shortest version of the game.