The comprehensive nature of its victory over Royal Challengers Bangalore here on Thursday has given Kolkata Knight Riders's net run rate a fine lift.
Gautam Gambhir's side won with 15 deliveries to spare, and the skipper confirmed that there had been a conscious effort to score quicker. “That was the plan,” he said.
“Once we were at a stage where we could really accelerate and work on our run-rate, we did that.”
Gambhir refused to blame his bowlers for the avalanche of runs in the final third of the RCB innings. “This is what this format is all about. Sometimes one person can take the game away from you. I still don't think we bowled badly but credit goes to Dan (Vettori) for the way he batted.”
Man of the match Kallis said his performance in T20s had been the result of determined work. “At any time, you're always trying to improve,” he said.
“Four or five years ago, this format wasn't my strength but I have worked hard on it. I'm enjoying it. The way I played in the last IPL was testimony to that.”
RCB captain Daniel Vettori, meanwhile, said his team would seek to get over the defeat quickly. “I suppose we need to win the next two games to give ourselves a chance. What happened today is irrelevant. Our bowling and fielding need to improve tremendously. We know this wicket better than anyone so there should be no excuses for the performance.”
Vettori did not feel the total of 169 had been below-par. “I thought we had a chance. It was always about getting through Kolkata's top-order and then trying to get to Yusuf Pathan as early as possible. But Haddin, Kallis and Gambhir just played magnificently.”