"I should have finished the match", Pathan told reporters on the eve of KKR's match against wooden spooners Gujarat Lions.
Teams usually make the last-four accumulating between 14 and 16 points and should they do the double against Gujarat Lions and beat Royal Challengers Bangalore on Sunday, KKR would be on 12 points at the halfway stage. "Keeping that in mind, I thought I would continue playing my aggressive cricket shots and play a long innings". "I am enjoying a lot".
Asked about KKR's opening conundrum since Australian Chris Lynn got injured, Pathan said: "If you say we can not fix one slot (opening), we are doing well in all other slots".
Finding a winning combination would be the priority for Raina as overseas players, especially Dwyane Smith and Aaron Finch has disappointed the team so far. The coach and captain are thinking over the opening slot, and they will come out with a solution.
KKR lost to Gujarat Lions on both occasions last season but this year a Twenty20 record 184-run undefeated opening stand between Lynn and Gambhir had handed the Kolkata outfit a comprehensive 10-wicket win in the first leg. At home we are doing so well, so the confidence is very high. "We are playing good cricket and will look to continue that".
Coming to the home team, the twice IPL champions showed exemplary character during their nail-biting four-wicket win against Delhi Daredevils with one ball remaining.
"There is no weak team in any competition in any sport". There are two-three teams in every competition that despite their efforts don't do so well.
KKR has always surprised. There are a lot of positives to take from. "We have to focus on this game. we have time. first we have to win this match".
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"It's not easy for the new batsman to continue the good work straightaway after a set batsman is out".
"I think we haven't consistently put our batting, bowling and fielding together in one unit".
To that Dinesh Karthik added: "I think our bowling has been a little inexperienced but we do have some good bowlers and all it takes is a couple of guys to stand up in each game".
On dropped catches Everyone is talking about it. Between KKR and GL, both teams played 5-5 matches against different IPL 2017 teams.
Against Rising Pune Supergiant, Australian medium pacer Andrew Tye bagged a hattrick an returned best figures of (5/17) as Gujarat won by seven wickets with two overs to spare. The management would also be pleased to see the growth of Manish Pandey in the role of a finisher for the side as he steered them over the line with an unbeaten knock of 69 under pressure.