IPL 11: Siddarth Kaul on Sunrisers Hyderabad’s First Loss vs KXIP

“Gayle’s execution was better than ours,” said Sunrisers Hyderabad bowler Siddarth Kaul.

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Sunrisers Hyderabad bowler Siddarth Kaul heaped praise on Kings XI Punjab opener Chris Gayle, who smashed a century in an IPL match between the two teams in Mohali.

Gayle's 63-ball unbeaten innings, which included 11 sixes, helped KXIP post a total of 193/3 on Thursday, 19 April . In reply, the Sunrisers fell short by 15 runs.

Asked what was the mindset of a bowler when a player like Gayle was in a destructive form, Kaul said, "The mindset is to get your execution right and bowl in the right areas. We were planning it that way only, but tough luck that his execution was better than ours and every shot he played was getting connected."

Gayle was executing smartly and he was challenging our main bowlers and he played really well.
Siddarth Kaul

Kaul also said that losing opener Shikhar Dhawan, who had to retire hurt after taking a blow on elbow while batting, was a setback. Yet he felt that Sunrisers have batting depth and there were batsmen to make up for his loss.

"In the end, we did our best and came close to the target losing by only 15 runs," he said.

He said Sunrisers, who had won all their earlier three games, will bounce back after Thursday's defeat.

"We will stay positive and try to do better in upcoming games," he said.

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