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Hope to get McCullum out soon: Rimmington

Scorchers bowler says claiming early KKR wickets will be key

The Perth Scorchers have arrived in Durban and are looking forward to taking on the Kolkata Knight Riders on October 17. After their loss to the Titans in the opening game, the Marcus North led team will have plenty of time to regroup and they are beginning to get acquainted with the conditions in Durban.

The Scorchers are well aware that they need to make their days off count ahead of their match against IPL 2012 champions, KKR. Before their first training session at the Sahara Stadium Kingsmead, Perth Scorchers pacer Nathan Rimmington said, “There are four games in this tournament in the league stage, so you can only afford to lose one. We know that, we are aware of that and hopefully we can turn things around in the next game,” while speaking to the media.

“We are having our first training session here. We haven’t had a hit yet. The next two days we will get into the nets and get a feel of the conditions out here.”

Analysing their loss against the Titans, he said, “We had a slow start with the ball but we did really well to peg them back. It would have been nice to take some early wickets. We saw that they took early wickets and put us under pressure; so that’s something we are going to work hard on as a bowling group. The key is to take early wickets; hopefully we can do that.”

“164 runs was a chaseable target, but we lost couple of early wickets, and once the required run-rate gets above 10, it is pretty hard to chase,” he added.

It will be crucial for the Scorchers to remove the big hitting KKR top-order bat, Brendon McCullum early. When asked about their plans against the swashbuckling batsman, Rimmington said, “Hopefully someone can get him out early. Michael Beer has had some success against him as well. But we are not sure what we will do; whether we will start with Beery again or myself. But hopefully one of us can get him out.”

“Hopefully we can get the ball swinging and probably have little bit advantage being able to swing the ball both ways. Hopefully in this format we can keep him guessing and get him out.”

Speaking about the conditions and whether having South African Herschelle Gibbs’ in their team would be an advantage, he remarked, “He is a key component of our team but there are also a couple of other fantastic players in the team. We have got Shaun Marsh as well. Hopefully one of those two can come up with an innings that can get us off to the kind of start that we need.”

“The conditions here are pretty similar to back home, that will help as well. So, that might play into our hands as well,” he further elaborated.

 “We are hoping to go all the way. We probably wouldn’t be here if we didn’t want to win. We would obviously love to be in the final,” Rimmington said.

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