Mohali: Losing their opening Oppo Champions League Twenty20 tie against Kings XI Punjab here, Hobart Hurricanes coach Damien Wright admitted he was disappointed but said his side would take a lot of positives from the game.
"Disappointed but there are a lot of positives we are going to take out of the game, there's no doubt about that. I guess we are getting used to the conditions, all those sorts of things. I thought they bowled well, but (batsmen) we just didn't hit the gaps," Wright said at the post-match press conference here.
"I thought we bowled particularly well and gave ourselves a real contest and a real chance with a pretty low total," he insisted.
KXIP chased down 145 in the 18th over, losing five wickets in the process while riding on the back of an all-round performance from Thisara Perera and valuable knocks of Glenn Maxwell and George Bailey.
Asked if the Mohali pitch had something in it early on as the two openers Tim Paine and Ben Dunk took a bit longer to settle down, Wright said, "I guess so. Had we won the toss we would have bowled as well. It did nip around a little bit early and took our openers to sort of get some time to get in, that was pretty noticeable.
"Unfortunately, we didn't get off to the start that we wanted to and I thought they bowled particularly well, upfront."
About 43 dot balls being bowled, he said, "I think we hit the field a lot too, Paine hit to backward point, probably four or five times. On good nights they go to the fence for four and we would have been away to a really solid start," the coach said.
Wright felt that his side fell short by about 30 runs, which made the difference while having leggie Cameron Boyce bowl to Perera was also not a good choice.
"I guess 30 runs, we would have been in really good contest and anything could have happened. I guess if we took Thisara Perera's wicket when he first came in, we took a bit of gamble bowling Cameron Boyce. Perera is a dangerous player. Unfortunately he got away and played particularly well."
Joining the chase at 77 for five, Perera, who earlier took two wickets, joined his Bailey at the crease and smashed a boundary, a six and a four of Boyce. He added an unbroken 69-run partnership with the captain.
With 43 dot balls being bowled and his side's batsmen not able to find the gaps on occasions, Wright said, "We will go back and have a look at the statistics."
The coach praised his pace bowling attack including Doug Bollinger and Ben Hilfenhaus.
"Going forward in this tournament, I guess we can look at other teams who fear our attack, hopefully. Upfront, we got Ben and Bollinger, they are class opening bowlers. And they took early wickets in this game, that's what we asked for. They gave us a real chance to have sniff in this game. They are going to play a big part in us doing well, up ahead in the tournament," said Wright.