Mumbai: Skipper Adam Gilchrist admitted that his team Kings XI Punjab was playing catch-up cricket right through the match against Pune Warriors in their Indian Premier League match on Sunday at the DY Patil Stadium.

Kings XI Punjab lost to the Warriors by seven wickets.

"It was difficult to make a comeback from nine for four. We were playing catch-up right from the beginning. All credit to Ryan McLaren for giving us some chance to come back," said Adam Gilchrist.

The Punjab outfit was restricted to 112 for eight, McLaren's unbeaten 51 being its cornerstone, to which the Yuvraj Singh-led Pune team replied with 113 for three in 13.1 overs.

Gilchrist was referring to the dropped catches by his team that reprieved both Robin Uthappa (22 not out in 14 balls) and Yuvraj (21 not out in 15 balls) early in their unbeaten knocks.

However, Gilchrist praised the wicket prepared for the tie and said it was a good track which had something in it for the bowlers.

"The wicket was good, the ball came on to the bat and there was something for the new ball bowlers. Yuvi told me during the presentation ceremony it was a good toss to lose as he did not know what to do (whether to bat first or not)," said the retired Australian cricketer.

Gilchrist won the toss and his team plunged headlong into trouble with their top four batsmen, including himself, dismissed within the first four overs.

"McLaren batted very well and paced his innings beautifully. He did what the guys in the top six could not do. Had we got 140 it would have been a bigger challenge as there was something for the faster bowlers. And then Abhishek Nayar created three chances which were put down," Gilchrist remarked.

"We did not play anywhere near our best. We have a youngish group and need to settle down," he added.

(Agencies)