IPL 2017: Gujarat Lions' bowlers lack confidence and need to step up, says captain Suresh Raina

PTI, Apr, 23 2017

Rajkot: Gujarat Lions skipper Suresh Raina on Sunday expressed disappointment with his bowlers' poor show in the Indian Premier League (IPL) game against Kings XI Punjab, saying they need to step up.

Gujarat Lions were beaten by Kings XI Punjab, who put up a strong all-round show to end their four-match losing streak with a 26-run victory.

File photo of Suresh Raina. Sportzpics

File photo of Suresh Raina. Sportzpics

Opening batsman Hashim Amla smashed 65 as the visitors posted a challenging total of 188/7 in 20 overs. In reply, Gujarat could score only 162/7 as the eighth-placed team succumbed to its fifth loss in seven matches.

"You can't chase 190 every time. Bowlers have to do something. We haven't won any 4 pm games. It's a learning curve for us. Spinners have to step up," Raina said after the match.

"Nathu got cramps, so I had to bowl Smith in the second last over. The bowlers are lacking confidence. They are not executing on match day. They do well in the nets, but not on match day, he added.

Raina, who scored 32 runs off 24 balls, also spoke about the pitch.

"We thought we could still chase it down, but while we were batting, the wicket got slower and Sandeep (Sharma) and Mohit (Sharma) bowled good slower balls and made it hard for us to hit," the skipper said.

"At this stage, I can't say anything. We have to go there. Couple of injury issues, but we have to win more games, we can't just talk in training. We'll go to Bengaluru, regroup and hopefully we can win," he added.

Published Date: Apr 23, 2017 | Updated Date: Apr 23, 2017

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