Nothing much we could have done: Gambhir
Kolkata: His side struck by a `Gayle storm` in their Indian Premier League match against Royal Challengers Bangalore here, Kolkata Knight Riders skipper Gautam Gambhir said there`s not much one could do when somebody plays an brutal innings like that.
Gambhir said 172 was not a small target but once explosive Gayle, who scored a 55-ball unbeaten 102, got going, the match had slipped away from KKR`s hands.
"The way Chris (Gayle) batted we could not have done much. Entire credit goes to him and the way he batted. I think putting 172 was a very good total. The wicket got better but I don`t want to take credit away from Gayle who just batted us out of this game," Gambhir said at the post- atch press conference.
"He just played some amazing shots and it was a great innings," he said.
"I think we still can take a lot positives from the match," he added.
Gambhir admitted that his side felt the absence of Australian speedster Brett Lee who made way for wicketkeeper batsman Brad Haddin.
"Now I can say not having Lee could be a reason. I can say that we missed Lee. But if you see the wicket in the last couple of games, spinners were getting a lot of help. Having seen the wicket in the previous game, we thought this was the best combination," he said.
Asked if KKR fell short by few runs as they were 33 for no loss after two overs, Gambhir said, "I think it`s very difficult to continue with the same momentum. You just can`t keep going at the same rate.
"Once the powerplay gets over, field gets spread it`s very difficult to continue with the same momentum. But it was a good total seeing the wicket in the last couple of games. It`s just that Gayle took the game away from us," said Gambhir.
Gambhir said a couple of early wickets could have made the difference.
"I thought it was good total to bowl. If we had got a couple of wickets we would have had a game. If we had got Gayle, the left-arm spinners would have made the difference as they have a lot of right handers in the side," he said.
At the same time, Gambhir said the wicket got better towards the end.
"I think the drizzle helped, the wicket got better. The ball was not gripping as it was in the first innings. Spinners were not getting the same help what they got in the previous game or in the first innings.”
Knight Riders now have a challenging task with away matches coming up but Gambhir said his side are confident of making a comeback.
"We all are motivated. The tournament is wide open. We are very much in the tournament. Hopefully we will get the momentum back," he said.