Kolkata Knight Riders' dismal run in this edition of the Indian Premier League continued as they succumbed to a four-wicket defeat against Delhi Capitals away from home on Thursday, April 20.
After being asked to bat first, the Knight Riders failed to get any partnerships at the top and were bundled out for 127 runs, with Jason Roy top-scoring for the vising side with a 39-ball 43 runs.
In the post-match press conference, the opening batter admitted the team were 15-20 runs short on a challenging wicket. "I did not find timing the ball that easy. I think with the new ball after the first two overs, I thought it was a lovely wicket, but that is because our training wickets were that bad yesterday."
"I thought it was ok, and the surface was a bit two-paced. We saw it at the end with our spinners that we almost defended it and made it really tight. So it wasn't the easiest of wickets to bat on," he further added.
With rain around, the wicket was sluggish in nature, which made run-scoring a lot more difficult, but Roy believes it is all about accessing the conditions in the upcoming fixtures.
"As an opening batter, I want to keep seeing some really high scores, and I don't think it is the case of anything different. It is just how T20 cricket works where some games, you're going to score 210 and some games, you will end up at 140 or 150."
"Not every game the batters can come off and play like superheroes. We will see what the pitch is like on Sunday and try to get closer to 200," he further added.
The England batter rued the timing of his dismissal and praised the efforts of David Warner, who set the foundation for the home team with a crucial 57-run knock.
"The timing of my dismissal was not great. It is never nice to get out, but when I got out, I was not even trying to hit in the air. I got a top edge, and it managed to get to deep square leg, which is very frustrating because I think two-three overs more, we could have gone up to 140, which would have been a harder chase."
"Chasing a total like that, the way David Warner came out and played was amazing. He kind off broke the back of the run chase, and that is what you want from your opener when you're chasing a low score."
"If we had got 15-20 runs more, they would have batted differently, and they would have taken more chances. They wouldn't have taken it so deep, and we were short with the runs, but we bowled extremely well to keep ourselves in the game," he concluded.
Kolkata Knight Riders will now face Chennai Super Kings in an evening encounter on Sunday, April 23, at the Eden Gardens.