At the halfway stage of the tournament, the Kolkata Knight Riders are slowly but definitely getting into the knockout mode. Every single outing is going to be crucial in determining our fate. There are still seven games to go but by this stage, we would have definitely wanted a few more points in our kitty. That would have made our position very interesting in the tournament.
At the Ferozeshah Kotla, after having lost the toss, we were initially done in by David Warner. The Daredevils lost three quick wickets but Warner’s daredevil attitude was the real saving grace for his side.
We needed someone to counter Warner’s strokeful batting when we resumed our innings. Definitely, it was the first thing on our mind but we realised it would be easier said than done. The ball was gripping and coming on to the bat so slowly that stroke-making seemed very much like an out-of-the-syllabus question.
Even a Dirk Nannes, who likes to generate as much pace as possible, was rolling his fingers over. Warner pushed the run-rate while the pitch was fresh and the quicks were bowling. We did miss Shane Bond against Delhi and are looking forward to his presence on our home turf. Bond’s presence at the beginning does make a difference.
We take on the Deccan Chargers in a situation much different from the first encounter. They have settled down since that first match and should be a much more competitive unit. We need to dig deep and find our bearings as a batting unit. Big innings is due from many of us and I wish we show our true colour in this match.
It is not as if no one is feeling the pinch. The Gayles, the Husseys, the Bonds have a reputation to defend and so do the others. But one has to take into account the cricketing aspects, which do have an influence on the game. I don’t believe our task is difficult or the mission impossible. We have won three matches in the first leg. From the next seven due in the second leg, we have to up our performance a little more and make amends in areas in which we floundered. PMG