'I couldn't handle the pressure': KL Rahul's brutal take on LSG's loss to KKR puts the blame squarely on…

"I couldn't handle the pressure": KL Rahul's brutal take on LSG's defeat against KKR puts the blame squarely on...

KL Rahul at post-match presentation ceremony after LSG's loss to KKR© BCCI/Sportzpics

Lucknow Super Giants captain KL Rahul did not shy away from speaking out about their shortcomings after their biggest points defeat in the Indian Premier League against Kolkata Knight Riders on Sunday. LSG was dominated by the Knights in all facets of the game, leading to a 98-point loss and perhaps putting their playoff berth hopes in jeopardy. Rahul's decision to bowl after winning the toss quickly backfired as Sunil Narine went all out against the LSG bowling unit.

The inexperienced succumbed to pressure, leaked runs at a blistering pace and allowed KKR to set the platform for a mammoth total of 235/6. Mohsin Khan, Yash Thakur and Yudhvir Singh combined for 98 runs in just eight overs.

“There were a lot of runs to score in the second innings. When you're going for a big total, you try to go too hard and you end up losing wickets. Just a poor overall performance. We didn't (achieve our constant lengths), just had a poor overall performance with the bat, ball and field, Sunil Narine and Phil Salt, in the powerplay, we saw how they bat and they put a lot of pressure on the opposition. “The bowlers couldn't handle that kind of pressure and he hit some really good shots,” Rahul said after the match.

While LSG looked helpless against the hard-hitting Narine, Rahul said they intended to take care of KKR's batters but went wrong in the execution part.

“We prepare well in advance and talk about the opposition batters, we know our conditions here and we spend a bit of time talking to the bowlers and batters to try and see what kind of plans we need to come up with. Once we got here, it's about execution and we got it wrong in that game. The bowlers did their best, but the young group really…the sooner you learn, the better. the team,” added Rahul.

Arriving at the match, LSG opted to bowl first after winning the toss. Narine's 81, combined with solid knocks from Phil Salt (32 in 14 balls, with five fours and a six), Angkrish Raghuvanshi (32 in 26 balls, with three fours and a six) and Ramandeep Singh (25* in six balls , with a four and three sixes) took KKR to 235/6 in their 20 overs.

Naveen-ul-Haq (3/49) was the pick of the bowlers for LSG. Yash Thakur, Ravi Bishnoi and Yudhvir Singh got a wicket each.

In a chase of 236, Lucknow lost wickets at regular intervals. Marcus Stoinis (36 in 21 balls, with four boundaries and two sixes) and skipper KL Rahul (25 in 21 balls, with three fours) were the top scorers as LSG made 137 in 16.1 overs.

Harshit Rana (3/24) and Varun Chakravarthy (3/30) were the top wicket-takers for KKR.

Sunil Narine won the Player of the Match award for his lone wicket and 81 runs.

After the loss, LSG left the Top 4 with a negative net run rate of 0.371. While KKR dethroned Rajasthan Royals to take the top spot with 16 points.

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