26 Nov

IPL 2016: Sunil Narine yet to recover from finger injury, says Piyush Chawla

first_imgKolkata Knight Riders leg-spinner Piyush Chawla has said it might take some more time for Sunil Narine to get back into the playing XI as the West Indies mystery spinner was yet to recover from an injury to his bowling hand.  The two-time former champions’ most successful bowler, Narine, missed a second match against Gujarat Lions on Sunday.”He’s not yet fully fit. He has injury on his spinning finger. We will have to wait,” Chawla said after the match.Gujarat Lions go topThe Knight Riders lost to Lions by five wickets at Eden Gardens on Sunday. With the win, the Lions moved to the top of the points table with seven wins from 11 outings.Chawla said Gujarat got the advantage of bowling on a fresh wicket.”Wicket was good and maybe because of the last night’s rain it was fresh and seaming a bit during the first innings. They got the advantage of first wicket,” Chawla said.In a splendid display of seam bowling, Praveen Kumar (2 for 19), Dhawal Kulkarni (1 for 30) and Dwayne Smith (1 for 14) reduced Kolkata to 24 for 4 in 5.5 overs before they recovered to post 158 for 4 but the total proved insufficient.”We lost a few early wickets but recovered well. They batted really well. I don’t think many things went wrong, it’s just that they played better cricket,” Chawla said.Death bowling a concern?”First few games, we didn’t bowl well in death. But in the last game against KXIP we defended really well. In this game, they just needed run a ball at one point of time and we could not do much. It’s not that like that. In this format, you’re bound to go for few runs,” Chawla said.advertisementLot of positivesFrom being at the top of the table, Kolkata slipped to third place after the loss and they still have to win two out of four matches to qualify for the playoffs but Chawla chose to look at the positives.”There’s a lot to take. Shakib batted really well and Yusuf too was hitting well in last few games. He went in a difficult situation and paced his innings really well. It was tremendous to watch,” he said.(With PTI inputs)last_img

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