IPL 2017: We Missed Dwayne Bravo And Ravindra Jadeja In Yesterday’s Match, Says Gujrat Skipper Suresh Raina

Gujrat Lions skipper Suresh Raina said they missed their key players in yesterday’s match Ravindra Jadeja and Dwayne Bravo and the versus KKR [Kolkata Knight Riders] should be a "learning curve" for the inexperienced bowlers of his side. Kolkata Knight Riders captain Gautam Gambhir and Australian explosive batsman Chris Lynn made short work of the challenging target as two-time champions cantered to a victory over Suresh Raina-led-side in an Indian Premier league game. Gautam Gambhir (76 not out) and Chris Lynn (93 not out) made the 184-run chase look easy as they went bang and tongs from the word go.

"I think 180 still was a good total. We did not bowl well in the first six overs. The bowling was not experienced and it is a learning curve. They played really good cricket shots. We need to learn from here,"  Suresh Raina said at the post-match presentation ceremony.

"We missed the experience of Jadeja and Bravo. Jadeja has done really well in T20 format. When you are not bowling well upfront, you need experience, someone like Bravo in the middle."

"Dinesh batted really well, he had a good first-class season. Still we have batting depth in the team," he said.

Winning captain Gautam Gambhir lauded Lynn for his fantastic show with the willow.

"You can't ask for more from Lynny (Lynn). He took a lot of pressure off me. We are going to give Lynny a longer run. Hopefully, he can keep smacking it. We all know how dangerous he is, and hopefully we can play around him," Gambhir said.

"The bowlers also did a fantastic job. I always feel that somebody who can take the ball both ways will be crucial. We have Kuldeep (Yadav), (Piyush) Chawla.

"The dropped catches were there - but we need to be proactive in the fielding. We have just one day to recover and we will have to bring our A game against Mumbai in Mumbai," he said.

 

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