Despite suffering a defeat against Chennai Super Kings (CSK), Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) mentor David Hussey said he hoped the team would make it to the playoffs. CSK defeated KKR by six wickets in the Indian Premier League (IPL 2020) on Thursday. After the loss to Kolkata, Mumbai Indians (MI) became the first team to qualify for the playoffs this season. KKR is currently sitting on the fifth spot with 12 points.
We Are Still Breathing In The Competition: David Hussey
“We have put ourselves in this position by losing games. But we are still breathing in the competition,” Hussey said at the post-match press conference.
“In a few days’ time, we are going to recharge our batteries and come out and play free-flowing cricket. You never know what could happen, results go our way and we can shock a few teams in the playoffs,” he said.
Every Defeat Is Difficult: David Hussey
Chennai won by six wickets chasing a target of 173 runs. Ruturaj Gaikwad hit an innings of 72 runs, while in the end, Ravindra Jadeja played a quick inning of 31 runs off 11 balls to lead the team to victory. Hussey admitted that CSK played well in the match and deserved the win.
“Every defeat is difficult. But full credit to Chennai, they deserved the win. They bowled and fielded well and then they chased the total,” he said. “I thought 175 was par… full credit to Chennai. Their second-wicket partnership batsmen Rayudu and the youngster from Maharashtra (Gaikwad) was sublime and went a long way in winning the game for Chennai.”
Nitish Rana (87) scored the most runs for Kolkata. Apart from this, Shubman Gill (26) and Dinesh Karthik scored an unbeaten 21 runs.
“Yeah…Rana. He has had a very good tournament. A very consistent tournament. In the last few innings he has been a consistent player for KKR,” he said.