IPL 2019, KKR vs CSK: Jacques Kallis says Knight Riders made 'basic mistakes' and need to eradicate them to bounce back

KKR slumped to their third straight defeat in IPL 2019 after losing to CSK by five wickets in a home game on Sunday.

Press Trust of India, Apr 14, 2019 22:32:03 IST

Kolkata: Knight Riders coach Jacques Kallis welcomed a five-day break for his team as they have been mentally drained after playing five games in the last nine days.

KKR slumped to their third straight defeat after losing to CSK by five wickets in a home game on Sunday.

IPL 2019, KKR vs CSK: Jacques Kallis says Knight Riders made basic mistakes and need to eradicate them to bounce back

KKR lost to CSK by five wickets. Sportzpics

In their last match here, they lost to Delhi Capitals by seven wickets and coach said the team was "mentally tired" having played five matches in nine days that included three aways ties in Bengaluru, Jaipur and Chennai.

"We've played five games in nine days and the guys are pretty tired mentally. It will be good to get away and have a break not playing cricket for a couple of days and then work hard and be ready for Friday," Kallis said at the post-match news conference.

He welcomed the five-day break that will help the team rejuvenate after the setback they have suffered.

"I think the break has come at a good time for us. Sometimes you can get caught up a little bit too much in it. It's about spending some time with friends and family."

Kallis said they're very much in contention for a playoff berth and need to win four matches from remaining six.

"We got to come back stronger and win at least four from six. One game at a time. The guys are hungry to do well. It's basic mistakes that we are making. Once we eradicate that we will bounce back," he said referring to their batting collapse.

Put in, KKR got off to a flying start with Chris Lynn smashing a 51-ball 82 but they lost wickets in a heap and managed just 29 runs in last five overs.

Terming it frustrating, the legendary South African said: "I thought we controlled the game pretty well for 16 overs and then four overs really poor batting cost us."

"170-175 probably would have been par on this wicket. The luck is obviously going with Chennai at the moment. They are on a roll. We just got to stop making basic mistakes and that's the problem. For 16 overs we played well but unfortunately we did not finish well."

Kallis further praised fellow South African Imran Tahir's match-winning performance of 4/27 and said the 40-year-old is proving that age is just a number.

"He just landed the ball in the right areas. He just keeps it very simple and that's formula for success in this format."

"I think at times you make wrong choices and he took advantage of that. He's been a fantastic performer in this format for a long time now. Obviously, he has got some good skill and understands his game and how to go about it. That shows your age is just a number," he signed off.

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Updated Date: Apr 14, 2019 22:32:03 IST

Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 4027 115
2 New Zealand 2829 109
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 4366 104
5 Australia 3270 99
6 Sri Lanka 3795 95
Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 6745 125
2 India 7071 122
3 New Zealand 4837 112
4 Australia 5543 111
5 South Africa 5193 110
6 Pakistan 5019 98
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7748 277
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4720 262
4 India 8620 261
5 Australia 5471 261
6 New Zealand 4784 252