Loss vs Kings XI very deflating for KKR: Gambhir

Defending champions Kolkata Knight Riders crash to four-run defeat after playing themselves into a good position. Punjab ride team effort for second win in IPL 6 as Manpreet Gony wins Man of the Match award.

updated: April 16, 2013 20:40 IST
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A despondent Gautam Gambhir blamed Kolkata Knight Riders' inability to finish as the reason behind the four-run defeat against Kings XI Punjab in Mohali on Tuesday evening. Chasing 158 for a victory, Kolkata ran out of overs as Punjab held their nerves in the death overs. This was KKR's third defeat in five matches.

In spite of losing two wickets for just one run on the board, Kolkata fought their way to a winning position thanks to a 104-run third-wicket stand between Gambhir (60) and Eoin Morgan (47). But with 42 needed from 30 balls, KKR's middle order collapsed as the home team bowled the right lengths against a deep and competent batting line-up.

"It's disappointing to lose from a good position. At one stage, we were thinking of a win in the 17th over, but that's the way T20 goes. It's a great leveler and you never know what happens till the end. We just didn't know how to finish the match," said Gambhir.

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