Kolkata Knight Riders were at the receiving end of a stunning yorker-barrage from Delhi Capitals' Kagiso Rabada in the Super Over, costing them the match, but skipper Dinesh Karthik was not too worried with the result.
"Super Over games always feel like they're very close. At the end of the day only one team can win. It boiled down to the last couple of balls and I thought Rabada executed really well. It happens, the good thing is we fought. We played a good game of cricket and everyone enjoyed it," Karthik said after KKR's first loss of the season.
One concern for Karthik and KKR, though, could be the fitness of star all-rounder Andre Russell. The West Indian was hit on the left shoulder by a Harshal Patel slow-beamer, but he batted on to score a half-century despite pain. Russell bowled three overs as well, which Karthik said was a positive sign.
"That's the greatness of Russell. Even with an injured left shoulder he kept batting for the team," said Karthik. "He's an absolute team man, a special person and a special player for us. His shoulder is slightly bruised, it will be interesting to see how he pulls up. Just the fact that he batted through and bowled for us is brilliant."
Karthik praised Prithvi Shaw for his match-winning 99, but said the way KKR fought back after his dismissal showed the spirit of his side.
"When the ball was new, he played some good shots. He's obviously a good player, we bowled some good areas but he hit some good shots. When you're chasing 185, they're always going to be in the game. The way we fought is a testament to what we are as a team," said Karthik.
The man who turned things around initially was Kuldeep Yadav. He had conceded 33 runs from his first two overs, but came back strongly in the 18th and 20th overs, conceding just three and five overs respectively picking up two wickets.
"Kuldeep is a quality bowler," assessed Karthik. "He himself will assess what he did, the way he bowled the last two overs is pretty much what he is as a bowler. He can bowl some real pressure overs. I think he himself will feel that he could have bowled better in the first couple of overs, but they also played some good shots. Kuldeep is a world class bowler. We expect better things out of him. The way he came back is a testament to how strong he is as a person."