"It was a pretty clinical effort, the bowlers bowled well and the batsmen backed it up well too. In India, you get to play on a lot of slow surfaces and you need to adapt to them. We need to improve in a few situations, but that's always the case," he added.
On debutant Harry Gurney, who claimed two for 25, Karthik was pleased. "Well Harry is a true professional, he's played in leagues all over the world." Gurney himself expressed happiness and said the pitch suited him.
"It was a pitch that suited my cutter options, so a nice one to make my debut on. I work hard on my variations and on my yorker and it is nice to have them in tough situations, although I didn't use it much tonight," he added.
RR skipper Ajinkya Rahane admitted his side was short by some 20 runs. "I think on this wicket 150-160 would have been good. We had runs on the board and a slower wicket. But, I don't think we bowled to our plans. Lots of learning from this game though. Such things happen in cricket, we need to learn from our mistakes," he said.
--By A Cricket Correspondent