Hyderabad: Kolkata Knight Riders captain Jacques Kallis on Monday conceded that his side made mistakes but could still win their Champions Trophy Twenty20 qualifiers match against Auckland Aces here.
Kallis said that his batsmen made mistakes after electing to bat as they suffered a dramatic collapse to score just 121 for six.
"Auckland fielded very well. We tried too hard and got into trouble. So there were some lessons to take there. It is good to make some mistakes and still win," Kallis said after KKR won their opening match by just two runs.
"We knew the wicket was tough, so we tried and restricted them. In the IPL we lost one or two tight ones, so it is good to get a winning start here," he added.
Auckland captain Gareth Hopkins said that his side would come back strongly in their second match.
"We thought the new ball was crucial to score against.
Funny game in a sense, since both games played the waiting game in the middle. We have a very experienced bowling attack and hope to bounce back tomorrow," he said.
Man-of-the-Match Manvinder Bisla of KKR was happy that he had played his part in the win.
"Both teams were 20 runs or so short, I am pleased we finished on top. The plan was for me to attack and Kallis to bat through. Binga (Brett Lee) and everyone else bowled really well to pull it back," said wicketkeeper and opening batsman who top-scored for KKR with a 32-ball 45.