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McCullum relieved

Johannesburg: Victory against Chennai Super Kings may have snapped Kolkata Knight Riders’ eight-match winless streak but to skipper Brendon McCullum it was the worst bowling and fielding performance put in by his side.

“The irony is, it was our worst fielding and bowling performance we have put in for the whole tournament,” McCullum said after his 81 paved the way for Knight Riders’ second win in the tournament.

No one expected the battered and bruised Knight Riders to successfully chase down 188 set by the Super Kings.

“I guess them scoring 190 almost allowed us to play freely that we couldn’t stop. I think that is part and parcel of a good start.

“Try and get our run-rate up so that we could try and keep things in check as we headed into the last five or six overs. And as it worked out it was near to a perfect run chase,” a relieved McCullum told IPL’s official website.

Felt jittery

Kolkata lost a number of matches in the last over and McCullum said he felt a little jittery when his team needed six runs an over towards the end.

“It’s been a hell of a ride, the last three or four weeks. We have got ourselves into situations where we thought we couldn’t lose games. And we managed to come up short.”

The New Zealand stumper heaped praise on Brad Hodge and Wriddhiman Saha for seeing the team through.

“I thought Brad Hodge was outstanding today. He has been great for us throughout the tournament. To hold his nerve in the manner in which he did today and to get us across the line. Same with Saha. He was great too.” — PTI

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