Kolkata: Kolkata Knight Riders skipper Gautam Gambhir blamed his batsmen for their irresponsible batting after they suffered a nine-run loss against Mumbai Indians in IPL here.
Chasing 174 to win, KKR were restricted to 164-8 in their stipulated 20 overs.
"With the kind of wicket this was, this was chaseable. Had one of the batsmen batted till the end, we would've got there. Just irresponsible shots, batsmen were trying to throw their bats at everything," Gambhir said.
MI skipper Rohit Sharma, however, praised his team for their perfect execution of plans and come out with flying colours despite making six changes in the playing XI.
"We spoke of finishing on a high. We wanted to play the brand of cricket we spoke about. Very happy. Today proved we have a great bench strength. It can be frustrating to sit out, but all of them have been proven match winners," he said.
Ambati Rayudu, who was adjudged the Player of the Match for his 37-ball 63.
"It was tough wait after the injury. The team was doing well, so I had to sit out," he said.
"The wicket was sticky today, we knew if we get close to 180 we can win the game. It's really tough to keep after four years. Honestly I don't enjoy it but I'm happy to do the job with the team."