Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) pace bowler Nathan Coulter-Nile, who claimed three wickets as his team overcame Delhi Daredevils admitted it tough to make a comeback after an injury layoff. KKR beat Daredevils by four wickets in the match.
"Making a comeback from injury, I had to focus on my role. Getting back was tough, it was a long time out of the game. Probably it was hard years of my life. Playing T20 cricket, doing well and contributing to the win, all worth in the end," Coulter-Nile said during the post-match conference.
Coulter-Nile and Sunil Narine bowled well to restrict Delhi to 168 for seven, and then Yusuf Pathan (59) and Manish Pandey (69 not out) anchored the chase.
KKR though at one stage were 21 for three. "We back our top-6 batsmen and losing one or two wickets at the top does not really bother us. Yusuf (Pathan) and Manish (Pandey) have been doing well and we back our middle and lower order to come good even if we lose wickets at the top,” Coulter-Nile added.
Umesh Yadav went for 53 in his four overs, including 26 in one. Speaking about it, Coulter-Nile said, "I don't think Umesh went wrong. He had had his plans, he tried to execute them but sometimes in T20 a batsman gets away."
Asked if KKR would be experimenting with their opening combination, Coulter-Nile added, "We were banking on Chris Lynn to set us up at the top of the order. So in his absence someone or the other would have to do the job and we are still looking at things."
--By A Cricket Correspondent