Skipper Gautam Gambhir admits “it’s a good feeling to get points on the board” after Kolkata claimed their first win of the 2011 Indian Premier League with a nine-run victory over Deccan.
The Knight Riders suffered a heartbreaking two-run defeat at the hands of the Chennai Super Kings in their opener on Friday, but they turned things around against the Chargers on Monday.
After posting 163 for four, the bowlers restricted Deccan to 154 for eight in their 20 overs.
Gambhir says everyone in the camp is delighted to be up and running.
“It was a great feeling. We want to play some good cricket and bring some joy to the people of this city. The venue is fantastic. We hope to win a lot more games. We are hungry and we want to do well,” Gambhir said at the post-match press conference.
“We are just happy, not relieved. It’s just the start of the tournament. We got a long way to go. I don’t believe in a word called relief. I want to take every game seriously. It’s a good feeling to get points on the board and we hope to continue with the momentum.”
Kolkata’s batsmen delivered at Eden Gardens with Jacques Kallis laying the platform with 53 from 45 balls. The rest of the batsmen all chipped in as the hosts hit a formidable total. The bowlers, with left-arm spinner Iqbal Abdulla leading the way, followed it with a disciplined display.
“It was a very good total on this slow and low wicket, Gambhir said. “163 was a par score. We have a good bowling attack as well. Initially we were thinking of 150, but getting to 163 was good.
“The wicket suited him (Abdulla). We thought he could be used in the first six overs. He is a quality player and has a great future ahead.
“The way he has shown his character bowling in the first six overs and then in the death, it says a lot about him. I hope he can keep his head on his shoulder and it will be a lot more for him.” Cricket365