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Angry Gambhir slams KKR team after loss to Rajasthan

May 05, 2014 21:56 IST

A miffed Kolkata Knight Riders captain Gautam Gambhir slammed his team after a stunning batting collapse which resulted in their 10-run loss to Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League in Ahmedabad, on Monday.

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In one of the most dramatic turnarounds in the history of IPL, Rajasthan came from nowhere to register an improbable victory after KKR lost six wickets for two runs in the space of eight deliveries.

Gautam GambhirChasing a victory target of 171, KKR were sailing along at 121 for no loss with Gambhir (54) and Robin Uthappa (65) cruising before losing their way in a spectacular collapse.

"It's a hard pill to swallow. I have not seen this kind of cricket," Gambhir said after the match.

"We have to move on. We still have eight games left. We still need to work on bowling as apart from Sunil Narine and Shakib Al Hasan, others need to take the responsibility," he said.

Rajasthan captain Shane Watson praised hat-trick man Pravin Tambe for his fine bowling show.      

"It was a nice way to close out a game. That's what we talk about in our team set up. PT [Tambe] just keeps going and going, getting big batsmen out all the time. He deserves a pay rise and he is making my life easier for sure," he said.

Asked about his three-wicket burst in the 15th over which opened the floodgates for his side, Watson said, "Definitely, few things went my way in that over. Had not had much of an impact with the ball, so it was good to get those wickets."

Man of the Match Tambe, who also took the purple cap for becoming the highest wicket-taker, said, "The confidence the team gives me, I will never forget. This was my first hat-trick. At this level you have to keep the energy throughout."

Image: Gautam Gambhir

Photograph: BCCI