Bangalore: Kolkata Knight Riders, the defending champions in the IPL, started their campaign with a confident win against Delhi Daredevils, but stumbled against Rajasthan Royals, slumping to a 19-run loss in Jaipur on Monday. The defeat prompted Gautam Gambhir, the captain, to urge his side to not only play fearless cricket but also play smart cricket.
"It's pretty disappointing, to be honest," said Gambhir at the post-match press conference. "I think the bowlers did a fantastic job. It was a very good cricket wicket - it had something for the new ball and became flat later on. Restricting them to 144 was a fantastic effort, we should have easily chased it down... but whenever we were having a partnership, there was a bad shot."
Kolkata started well, but from 19 for no loss in 2.1 overs, they slid to 56 for 6 in 11 overs in pursuit of Rajasthan's 144 for 6.