Arun Gopalakrishnan in Mumbai
Preview: Match 9 – Kolkata Knight Riders vs Perth Scorchers
KKR, Scorchers look for their first win of the tournament
Match 9 of the Karbonn CLT20 2012 will see the Kolkata Knight Riders clash with the Perth Scorchers.
The Kolkata Knight Riders are yet to come to terms with the conditions in South Africa. The lack of runs from the top order must be a huge worry for the IPL champions who are also yet to discover the right bowling combination. After defeats in both their matches, they need to win their remaining two matches to give themselves a chance of progressing to the semi-finals.
It was a struggle for the Perth Scorchers too in their match against the Titans. After conceding 163 runs, the Scorchers’ batsmen didn’t come to the party. Five batsmen were dismissed for single-digit scores and the team struggled to put together partnerships. They will need to come up with a better all-round effort if they are to compete.
Wednesday, October 17, 2012, 5:30 p.m. (9:00 p.m. IST)
If there is one player who has a significant influence on the Kolkata Knight Riders’ fortunes, it is their skipper Gautam Gambhir. The southpaw has been woefully out of form in recent times, and that is hurting the team. In his two innings in the Karbonn CLT20 2012, he has only lasted ten deliveries. The lack of runs from Jacques Kallis is hurting the team too; given that he has grown playing on these hard and bouncy pitches, he needs to convert his experience to runs. Both players will need to come good before it is too late.
KKR is also struggling with their bowling combination. The “four overseas players only” regulation meant KKR had to leave out Brett Lee in the previous match. They probably need to make place for him. Sunil Narine is the one other match-winner KKR have in their line-up, and the team will hope the Trinidadian can continue to bamboozle batsmen with his mystery deliveries.
The Perth Scorchers have a lot of experienced players in their line-up. Herschelle Gibbs, Shaun Marsh, Simon Katich, Marcus North and Paul Collingwood have played lots of cricket and therefore it is only a question of them clicking. Given their reputation and the fact that they open the innings and have the benefit of the field restrictions, Gibbs and Marsh will have to be seen as the two most important batsmen in the Scorchers’ line-up.
This match will be the first time these two teams will be meeting in a Twenty20 match.
The average first innings total in Twenty20 matches at the Kingsmead is 152. However, that number has dropped to 132 in the last seven matches.
It was at the Kingsmead in Durban that Yuvraj Singh hit Stuart Broad for six sixes in an over in the ICC World T20 2007.
Both teams will enjoy a three-day break after this match. On October 21, the Perth Scorchers will take on the Delhi Daredevils in the afternoon, while the Kolkata Knight Riders will clash with the Titans in the evening.