Kings XI Punjab captain David Hussey has said a lackadaisical approach from his side against Rajasthan Royals at Mohali led to their 43-run defeat on Saturday. Kings XI, who are now sixth in the points table, have lost four out of the five home matches this season.
Royals' batsmen, who have tailed off after strong starts in the past, played attacking cricket from the start against Kings XI on Saturday, with Rahul Dravid and Shane Watson hitting a flurry of boundaries. Brad Hodge and Johan Botha ended their clinical display by hitting 27 off the last two overs, helping them post 177.
All the Kings XI bowlers conceded 8 runs an over or more. "When we turned up in the bus today, I don't think we were really switched on as we were still celebrating the win against Bangalore [on May 2]," Hussey said. "People got a bit carried away and when the first ball was bowled we were not switched on for the game."
Kings XI have won four matches on the road this season, but haven't replicated that form at home. "It was disappointing as we've played good consistent cricket at home but we have not got the win, as a couple of close games have gone the other way. I guess we are an away team and play well away."
Hussey said that a poor all-round performance by his side gave Royals the advantage. "I thought it was a very good cricket wicket but we let 20 runs go in the field. I don't think our bowlers were that flash, I don't think our fielding was that flash. I think the batting needs a bit of work as well."
Hussey said that with the tournament reaching its business end, it's time his side performs as a unit. "We must work hard to qualify for the finals, we got to win three out of five matches. Once we get to Hyderabad [on May 8] we'll regroup, refresh and you see a very determined team play against Deccan," he said. "There are still a few positives from the Bangalore game that we're all focusing on, we had a brief talk tonight and we're heading to Hyderabad with a lot of confidence and a bit of a spring in our step."