Kolkata: Kolkata Knight Riders' skipper Gautam Gambhir said the narrow six-run defeat against Kochi Tuskers Kerala would serve as a wakeup call for the middle-order batsmen of his team who are yet to be tested in the ongoing Indian Premier League.  Gambhir termed the close defeat a "complete batting failure".

The Tuskers, who were put into bat first were restricted to 132 for seven but the total proved to be out of the reach of Knight Riders who conceded a six-run loss after managing 126 for nine in 20 overs.

Blaming the batsmen, especially the middle-order, for the defeat, Gambhir said: "It was a complete batting failure. The wicket was much better and we could have chased easily.

"Our middle-order is not tested yet and I am sure this will serve a good wake up call for them. It's not going to be one person's day every day. Someone needs to put his hands up and say it's my day and take the team forward.

For the Knight Riders, Manoj Tiwary fought a lone battle, batting fluently during his knock of 46 off 51 balls (2x4, 2x6) but could not take the team home.


(Agencies)