IPL 2017: Gautam Gambhir criticises Kolkata Knight Riders' 'sloppy' fielding in tenth edition

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IPL 2017: Gautam Gambhir criticises Kolkata Knight Riders' 'sloppy' fielding in tenth edition

Posted on : Monday 1st of May 2017

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Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) suffered a 48-run loss against defending champions Sunrisers Hyderabad in Match 37 of Indian Premier League (IPL) 2017 on Sunday.

David Warner, who has been one of the most consistent performers in the tournament, once again played a captain's knock as he decimated KKR with a 59-ball 126.

While it was a flawless innings from the SRH skipper, he did give one opportunity to Gautam Gambhir's men, which went in his favour.

In the 10th over, Warner was dropped by Chris Woakes when he played a lofted drive off Kuldeep Yadav. With Woakes spilling a sitter, it went for a six.

Disappointed with the way his team has fielded in the tournament so far, Gambhir said, "We need to improve in our fielding, we've been very sloppy throughout the tournament. We really need to pull up our socks.

"It all depends on concentration, how much you can focus and how much every run means to you, it's not like we don't know how to field.

"We dropped Warner today and that's what cost us. Bowler's couldn't have done much, but credit goes to him for the shots he played."

Earlier in the tournament, KKR lost a close match to Mumbai Indians as they dropped too many chances in the death overs.

Earlier, Warner and Shikhar Dhawan (29), who had forged a 107-run opening partnership in their last match against KXIP, produced yet another scintillating 139-run opening stand in 76 balls to set up the foundation for a huge total.

Once they were back into the hut, Kane Williamson (40) blasted five fours in his 25-ball innings and alongwith Yuvraj Singh (6 not out) took Sunrisers across the 200-mark.

This was the highest total in this season and also the third time that Sunrisers have scored a 200-plus total. They had scored 207-3 against Kings XI Punjab in their last match, besides scoring 207-4 against RCB early in the season.

For KKR, who are sitting pretty at the top of the table, none of the bowlers could make any impression as they were taken to the cleaners by Warner.

Opening the innings, Warner put KKR bowlers to the sword as he alongwith Dhawan amassed 79-0 in the Powerplay overs.

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