Mumbai: Sahara Pune Warriors coach Geoff Marsh blamed his batting line for punching below its weight and said no team can expect to win a match without putting enough runs on the board.

Pune Warriors were restricted to 118 for seven by Kolkata Knight Riders in their Indian Premier League (IPL) match at the D Y Patil Stadium on Thursday and Marsh said their batting was simply disappointing.

"The batting was disappointing. You cannot win a game after scoring 118. We lost early wickets. The boys are also disappointed.

We feel for the spectators too, it was a near full house," said the former Australian cricketer after his team suffered a seven-wicket defeat.

He said that it was difficult to recover after losing early wickets.

"We lost early wickets, have been losing 4-5 wickets early. When you lose wickets you are under pressure. Their bowlers also bowled well," he said.

He also defended team captain Yuvraj Singh's decision to bat at number six.

"He usually bats at no. 4. He plays to a plan and it did not succeed," he said.

 "We have no excuses. We have not played good cricket (through the tournament). Our bowling unit has been consistent but our batting group has been inconsistent and has struggled to score runs," he explained.

Asked about the fitness of Sourav Ganguly to play in the frenetic T20 format at the age of 39, Marsh said the left handed stalwart has been working very hard.

"He's fine (fitness-wise). He was quite sharp in the field and also took a catch," he said.

On the plus side, Marsh said the bowlers had done a very good job.

(Agencies)