But Coulter-Nile defended his pace colleague, saying: "I don't think Umesh went wrong".
It was between overs 10 to 16 that Delhi managed only 36 runs despite a good start before Pant carried out a redemption act during the end overs. So we were trying to put the bowlers and the captain under pressure so that they commit a mistake and so do the fielders. "You continue to rotate the strike, and if you get the ball (which is there to be hit) for a boundary or six, convert it, '" he said of his conversations with Pandey.
Chasing a none too impressive 169, Kolkata were rocked by an early three-wicket burst that underlined Delhi's credentials as one of the more unsafe bowling attacks in this year's league.
Manish Pandey's 69* helped KKR defeat DD by 4 wickets. Sanju Samson's 39 was the top-score of the innings, while Rishabh Pant struck a few meaty blows and made 38 in the latter part of the innings.
Coulter-Nile was the pick of the Kolkata bowlers, finishing with impressive figures of three for 22, while Narine chipped in with economical one for 20.
The fronmt 10 saw DD reach 83 for 2 with both Samson (39) and Billings (21) being dismissed.
The duo added 110 runs for the fourth wicket and pulled off a narrow four wicket win, with one ball to spare, at Feroz Shah Kotla in Delhi.
As Nile, Woakes and Yadav failed to check the flow of the runs, Gambhir turned to West Indian 'mystery spinner Sunl Narine and the Caribbean did not disappoint his skipper as he bowled a tight over conceding only three runs.
Those are the stats, but what they may not tell you in adequate measure is the assurance Pandey offers to the team - the assurance that they can still bounce back after losing three wickets for 21, as they did on Monday, the assurance that there is still somebody to hold the innings together and steer the team to shore even if Gautam Gambhir falls cheaply.
Pandey, at the other end, played the flawless second fiddle, by hitting the occasional boundaries to get to his half century off 37 balls. However the stnd enabled the hosts to cross the 100 run mark. Before that Nair had survived a chance when Uthappa dropped him off Sunil Narine. From 34 needed from the last five overs, Delhi kept things tight, so they had nine runs to defend in the final over.
It wasn't a good at the office for seamer Umesh Yadav as he was taken to the cleaners by young batsman Rishabh Pant. Initially, he took his time to get his eye in, he had Yusuf Pathan for company at the other end.
The southpaw scored three massive sixes and two boundaries off Umesh Yadav's 17th over, to drag Delhi to 145/4. That is also his average because he has been dismissed only once in four innings. With long boundaries, I know how far to hit.
Woakes then ended his wicket drought by getting rid of Morris (16, 9 b, 3×4) in the last over as Delhi ended at 168 for 7.
"We were banking on Chris Lynn to set us up at the top of the order". Gambhir did not go for any experiment and opened with Colin Grandhomme but the New Zealander disappointed as his stay at the crease did not even ne over.
"Elaborating his team's plans to counter the Zaheer Khan-led bowling line-up, Yusuf said, "DD has a good bowling line-up and Zaheer is captaining them really well". But at that stage script changed dramatically.