New Delhi: Kings XI Punjab skipper Adam Gilchrist criticized Ferozeshah Kotla’s pitch for offering a lopsided contest on the ground which has a very shot boundary.

"We scored more than 200 but still fell short by 29 runs. It was a lovely batting track obviously with a short boundary but I must say it turned out to be a six hitting competition and the skill of the game probably lost somewhat," Gilchrist said at the post-match press conference.

"It entertains the crowd and obviously there is skill involved in hitting a six. But it loses the skill part in the game somewhat. It could have been something in between, even out between the bat and ball.

"Let's not mistake it was not a seam friendly wicket though the ball moved a bit early and Morne Morkel bowled a beautiful opening spell," he said.

Gilchrist said had the second wicket partnership between himself and Shaun Marsh gone on for another four or five overs, the result could have been different.

"That was our macro partnership. David Hussey also got a big six but could not get going. He was not given space by James Hopes who bowled beautifully. Had my partnership with Marsh continued for four-five overs nobody knows the result could have been different," he said.

"There was heavy dew at the ground and that had been a factor. The Delhi opening partnership was fantastic and Sehwag and Warner had taken the game out of us," said the Australian.

Delhi Daredevils opening batsman David Warner, however, praised the curators for producing a very good pitch with lost of runs.

"It was a good job by the curators," said warner who was named man of the match.

He said if he and Sehwag can bat like they did on Saturday in the first six overs, his side would go on winning matches.

(Agencies)