“Whatever the captain feels is right at that moment and will help us, he does that. Also, RP (Singh) bowled really well in the last overs of the last two games.
That is what the captain had in mind and gave it (last over) to him. He bowled well today (Saturday), but you can’t do much about the last ball, which was a no-ball,” he said on Saturday.
Kumar rued that luck wasn’t on their side, but admitted that bowling in the death overs is a difficult proposition. “In the T20 format, anything is possible. The first two balls were very crucial and it went for 10 runs. From there RP pulled the game really well but in the last ball he overstepped and it is our bad luck.
Death bowling is very difficult actually. When you are up against big hitters like Cameron White and MS Dhoni, six times out of ten it will go the other way,” he added.
However, Kumar felt Chennai Super Kings skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s 23-ball 33 — laced with one four and two sixes — took the game away from them. Chennai eventually won by four wickets in a thrilling last-ball finish.
“Even though we bowled well, Dhoni’s innings took the game away from us. Especially those two sixes he hit and the boundaries took the game away from us,” Kumar said after the match.