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Gambhir calls for more responsibility

5 May 2014, 2309 hrs IST,  gocricket.com  
Gambhir calls for more responsibility
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The defeat has left KKR with only four points from their seven games.
Gautam Gambhir, the Kolkata Knight Riders captain, has said it was "hard pill to swallow" after the shocking 10-run loss at the hands of Rajasthan Royals on Monday. KKR were cruising at 121 for no loss in their chase of 171 when they lost six wickets for two runs in eight balls and fell short of their target, losing their fourth game on the trot.

The defeat left KKR, the 2012 champions, with only four points from their seven games, needing at least six more victories to stand a chance of qualifying for the IPL 7 playoffs. "It's a hard pill to swallow," Gambhir said at the post-match presentation. "I have not seen this kind of cricket."

Gambhir called for more "responsibility" from his team-mates in the wake of the defeat, and the need to put the disappointment behind them. "We have to move on," he said. "We still have eight games left. We still need to work on bowling as apart from Sunil Narine and Shakib Al Hasan, others need to take the responsibility."

Shane Watson, on the other hand, hailed 42-year-old legspinner Pravin Tambe for his hat-trick that derailed KKR's chase, after the Rajasthan Royals captain had struck thrice in an over to spark a dramatic collapse. Tambe removed Manish Pandey off a wide, Yusuf Pathan and Ryan ten Doeschate off consecutive balls to complete a hat-trick off two legitimate deliveries in the 16th over of the KKR innings.

"It was a nice way to close out a game," Watson said. "That's what we talk about in our team set up. PT [Tambe] just keeps going and going, getting big batsmen out all the time. He deserves a pay rise and he is making my life easier for sure," he said.

Tambe, who was adjudged Man of the Match for his 3 for 26, thanked his team for the faith they showed on him. "The confidence the team gives me, I will never forget," he said. "This was my first hat-trick. At this level you have to keep the energy throughout."
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IPL 7: Tambe hat-trick sinks KKR

Ajinkya Rahane got Rajasthan Royals to a quick start but was run out for 30 after being put into bat by KKR.
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Karun Nair continued his good form, hitting a 35-ball 44, while adding 53 runs for the second wicket with Sanju Samson.
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Sanju Samson too chipped in with a handy 37 off 31 compiling a 31-run stand with Shane Watson for the third wicket.
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Skipper Watson also scored a quickfire 31 off 20 balls as RR set a formidable target of 171 for KKR.
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Vinay Kumar and Sunil Narine bowled well in the death overs and the duo finished with two wickets each.
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Gautam Gambhir (54) and Robin Uthappa started off well in the chase compiling a century stand of 121 for the opening wicket.
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Uthappa once again looked in tremendous touch and scored 65 off 52 balls.
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With KKR set on course for a victory, Watson turned the tide with a triple-wicket over that saw the Australian dismissing Gambhir, Uthappa and Andre Russell (1).
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Pravin Tambe then dealt the decisive blow taking IPL 7's first hat-trick scalping Manish Pandey (0), Yusuf Pathan (0) and Ryan Ten Doeschate (0) to leave KKR reeling at 123/6.
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Shane Watson and James Faulkner closed out the game conceding just 13 runs of the last two overs as KKR ended at 160/6, 10 runs adrift of the target.
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