Kolkata Knight Riders captain Dinesh Karthik has blamed his team's below-par bowling and fielding for their nine-wicket defeat to Sunrisers Hyderabad. This is Kolkata's fifth consecutive loss in IPL 2019.
Kolkata set a target of 160 at the loss of eight wickets for Sunrisers but, thanks to Jonny Bairstow's blistering 80 off 43 balls and David Warner's 67 off 38, the hosts achieved the target with 30 balls to spare.
Bairstow went berserk in the field but credit to Kolkata's sloppy fielding efforts as they dropped his catch thrice and the in-form batsman fully capitalized on the lifelines.
"I think 160 was a par score on this wicket. I think they bat really well but our fielding cost us. And after that dropped catch he came out all guns blazing," Dinesh Karthik said post the defeat.
Bairstow was dropped by KC Cariappa as early as the second over, much to the disappointment of debutant Yarra Prithviraj. He was given a second chance in the 12th over when Harry Gurney at fine-leg could not get a hand to the ball. Third time, it was again in Prithviraj's over when Piyush Chawla squandered a tough opportunity that came his way.
Speaking off the missed opportunities, Karthik said, "A wicket of Bairstow would have felt better, feel for the guy (Yarra Prithviraj). We have been outplayed in this game. Having said that our bowling has been off colour in the tournament. Our fielding needs a lot of improvement too," he added.
Kolkata are currently place at sixth in the points table with just four wins in the played ten games. They will next face Rajasthan Royals on Thursday.