Kolkata Knight Riders seem to have taken the blessings from the rain gods to heart. In a recent video uploaded to their YouTube channel, and posted to Twitter, Kolkata Knight Riders players can be seen in a swimming pool, preparing for the Qualifier 2 match against Mumbai Indians on Friday.
Kolkata Knight Riders seemed unnerved by the rain interruption in the IPL 2017 Eliminator against Sunrisers Hyderabad on Wednesday.
KKR pacer Nathan Coulter-Nile and SRH fielding coach Muttiah Muralitharan both spoke about the conditions and scheduling that forced the match to carry well past 1am on Thursday after heavy rains forced the start of the KKR innings to be delayed and the 128-run target to be revised to 48 to be chased in just six overs.
Kolkata Knight Riders won the match by seven wickets, setting up a Qualifier 2 clash against Mumbai Indians on Friday.
Earlier in the season, a Royal Challengers Bangalore versus Sunrisers Hyderabad group match had to be abandoned without a ball bowled because of incessant rain.
In KKR’s latest video, recorded on Thursday after the match against SRH, several players are seen indulging in a swimming pool session for a quick recovery for Friday’s game.
“It is important we recover well before the big game [Qualifier 2 against Mumbai Indians on Friday]. Last night we were up till 3 o’clock because of the rain,” Kolkata Knight Riders bowler Piyush Chawla is heard saying in the video.
On a more serious note, KKR the players revealed how they planned to take on Mumbai Indians especially since the opponents boast 15 wins to 5 losses in IPL matches against Kolkata Knight Riders.
Mumbai Indians have also won the two group matches played against Kolkata Knight Riders this season; a nine-run win at Eden Gardens on May 13 and a four-wicket victory at Wankhede Stadium on April 9.
“I guess what’s in the past is in the past. It’s do-or-die and I couldn’t think of anyone better to face so it will be an exciting game,” pacer Trent Boult said.
Speaking about the key batsmen to target, Chawla — who dismissed IPL 2017 top run-getter David Warner and Indian southpaw Yuvraj Singh in the Eliminator — said every Mumbai Indians player was on his radar.
“I think everyone because if you keep picking up wickets at regular intervals, it brings the run rate down. So it is important to pick up wickets at regular intervals,” Chawla said.
The mantra Chawla is taking into the crunch tie is: “Keep it very simple and follow your basics. Just back yourself.”