"The cross seamers were holding up and slower balls were getting a little grip making it tough to play on".
The effects of the concussion kept Coulter-Nile out of Kolkata's next three matches - with Knight Riders assistant coach Simon Katich telling Indian media on May 6 that the 29-year-old was "off-colour" and would not be rushed back - before the paceman returned as a last-minute inclusion for the must-win game against the Sunrisers. It was KKR pacer Nathan Coulter-Nile who took a superb catch in the game to dismiss Chris Jordan midway. I think we have a pretty different bowling tactic than what we had at some bad times.
"Piyush removed Warner that I thought was the turning point".
"I think I bowled the seventh or eighth over and they said "Look, cross-seamers into the wicket, throw them hard" and you really rely on your teammates to give you some pointers on what to do.", he said.
KKR had to wait endlessly for the rain to stop to know the fate of the match. It kept raining and raining. So, we were getting twitchy. Nor at playing at an ungodly hour.
Kolkata put up a brilliant show, first by restricting Sunrisers Hyderabad for 128 for seven, with a bowling attack headed by Coulter-Nile and Umesh Yadav, who picked up three and two wickets, respectively. It is going to be long and slow wicket again, hard to get going.
Coulter-Nile said KKR batsmen batted well and knew that if one out of ten gets going, the game could be won, and that's what happened. We also know what the wicket is like, which is an advantage to us. You got 10 wickets in hand, there is six overs, there is no point to defend.
"No one really got nervous till they went for that last look at 12.30". I think that's something new we can bring up against them. "Of course the run-out was a bit silly but everything else just fine", he said. It was short ball, climbing to the batsman, but Coulter-Nile pulled it away with such conviction that it flew off, and covered some distance. "But play offs need to have an extra day in case of an abandoned match", Shah Rukh tweeted.