Gujarat Lions went down to Kings XI Punjab in Rajkot on Sunday by 26 runs. And team skipper Suresh Raina was unhappy with his bowlers' show.
"You can't chase 190 every time. Bowlers have to do something. We haven't won any 4 p.m. games. It's a learning curve for us. Spinners have to step up," Raina said in the post match presentation.
"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," Suresh Raina added.
Punjab posted 188 for 7 on the back of Hashim Amla's 65. In reply, Gujarat could score only 162/7. Raina made 32 runs off 24 balls.
Speaking about the pitch, he said, “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 captain added.
"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," Raina further said.
--By A Cricket Correspondent