After suffering their third straight loss in the Indian Premier League with a seven-wicket defeat at the hands of Mumbai Indians in Mumbai tonight, Kolkata Knight Riders skipper Sourav Ganguly said his team fell 10 to 15 runs short of a competitive total.
"I think we fell 10-15 runs short. 160-170 would have been a competitive total. It was not easy to get the spinners away. But we gave away too many runs upfront," said the former India skipper after his team slumped to their third loss in five ties.
Ganguly said KKR had the team to deliver the goods this time around after doing badly in the first two seasons but somehow they lacked the X-factor.
"We are batting well but not that well. We need the X-factor to get those 10 or 15 runs at the end," he said.
He praised the bowling performance of Mumbai Indians towards the latter part of their innings when they got restricted to 155 for three after scoring 70 for no loss in 11 overs.
"Laisth Malinga bowled very well at the death. Harbhajan Singh too bowled very well," he pointed out.
Ganguly defended the decision to open the bowling with pacers Shane Bond and Ishant Sharma.
"Ishant is the India seamer and then there was Bond. There was not enough turn in the wicket. You expect Ishant and Bond to pick up wickets. But after two overs I brought on Chris Gayle. You needed that much to study the wicket," he said.