Kolkata Knight Riders v Perth Scorchers, CLT20, Group A, Durban

Scorchers look to push IPL champs off the edge

The Preview by Devashish Fuloria

October 16, 2012

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Match facts

October 17, 2012
Start time 1730 (1530 GMT)


Herschelle Gibbs hit 65 for Perth Scorchers, Perth Scorchers v Adelaide Strikers, BBL, Perth, January 8, 2012
Herschelle Gibbs' experience of the South African conditions would be crucial for the Scorchers © Getty Images
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Kolkata Knight Riders and Perth Scorchers - both at the bottom of the Group A table - need a win to keep their chances of making it to the knock-out stage alive. The situation is direr for Knight Riders who have only two games remaining to Scorchers' three.

Knight Riders came into the tournament as a balanced team on paper, but both their batsmen and bowlers have struggled to negotiate the conditions. The result is they have not only lost the two games, they have lost them badly and that reflects in their net run-rate of -1.81. The form of two of their top-order batsmen - Gautam Gambhir and Jacques Kallis - has been worrying. While Gambhir has scored 5 runs in two innings, Kallis is yet to score his first runs in the tournament and that has affected in Knight Riders' ability to put competitive totals. The other concern is that apart from Sunil Narine, no bowler has had any impact. Knight Riders would hope that a change in the venue - Durban - would help them find their IPL form.

The Scorchers had a similar problem in their first game against Titans - they lacked enough contributions. While Nathan Rimmington and Brad Hogg were miserly, other bowlers were taken for plenty as they gave away 163. In their chase, only Mitchell Marsh (52 off 41 balls) showed some intent but he failed to get any support. The Scorchers have experienced T20 openers in Herchelle Gibbs and Shaun Marsh, and one of them will need to contribute as their following batsmen - Marcus North and Simon Katich - aren't exactly known for their big-hitting.

Watch out for...

Herschelle Gibbs was the second highest run-scorer for the Scorchers behind Mitchell Marsh in the Big Bash League with 302 runs. Gibbs was not only consistent during that tournament - he scored four half-centuries and averaged 43.14 - he also maintained a healthy strike-rate of 151.75. Gibbs missed out in the first match against the Titans, but he understands the conditions better than most in either side.

Yusuf Pathan showed glimpses of his ability a few months ago - in the IPL when he hit 40 off 21 balls. In the last outing against Auckland Aces, he stayed unbeaten with 22 runs off 19 balls in testing conditions. Yusuf might find the pace of the Scorchers bowling attack to his liking, as there aren't any tear-away fast bowlers.

Stats and trivia

  • Yusuf Pathan is yet to score a half-century for the Kolkata Knight Riders. His top score is 47.
  • In eight innings since the start of this season, Shaun Marsh has scored 98 runs.
  • Mitchell Marsh has hit 20 sixes in his career with the Scorchers, 13 more than Gibbs who is second in the list.

Quotes

"I am not sure how the conditions have changed but there is no doubt that they are going to be a little bit different than we have experienced in Johannesburg and Centurion. Not as much pace and bounce as we get there."
Perth Scorchers' captain Marcus North on the conditions expected in Durban

"We need to play some smart cricket, some better cricket than what we are capable of and try to get the results in our favour."
Knight Riders' captain Gautam Gambhir

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Posted by Dhutugemunu on (October 17, 2012, 17:28 GMT)

Rain affected match between KKR and Scorchers means that's the end of IPL 2012 Champions run to at least for a Semi Final position in CLT20 2012.

Posted by   on (October 17, 2012, 15:30 GMT)

KKR is struggling as their batsmen are letting them down.On paper it is a well balanced side. No one is lending support to Narine. Balaji is not suited to these conditions.

Posted by veeru1087 on (October 17, 2012, 15:01 GMT)

Why the hell KKR doesn't consider Morgan.. why to take him if they just want all rounders..he would have played a superb role in any other team. icy man is absolute fire..he is not even in probables.. u ignorant KKR - wake up and drop any of your overrated foreign players..

Posted by hemanth.reddy on (October 17, 2012, 14:56 GMT)

the order should be 1)gautam 2)brendon 3)kallis 4)tiwary 5)pathan 6)shakib 7)das 8)bhatia 9) narine 10)balaji 11)abdulla narine 4overs kallis 4overs balaji 2overs abdulla 3-4overs shakib 4overs batia 2overs

Posted by phunny_game on (October 17, 2012, 14:19 GMT)

@timtom: true, some of them don't even know that tamim is not a part of KKR, but pune warriors, but they still feel that their players are simply the best... And then they give weird logic such as people dont want shakib in because he's from bangladesh, and not a top test playing nation... And after saying that, they say the same for ryan tendo, that he shouldnt play as he's not good enough because he is from Netherlands... Strange.....

Posted by   on (October 17, 2012, 14:17 GMT)

I think Sakib should be in the show tonight.

Posted by timtom on (October 17, 2012, 13:43 GMT)

Hey Bong fans.. Shakib is playing every match for B`desh.. Then y they still at bottom in all forms.. By Shakib fans theory his mere presence will make KKR win...COme on guys ..KKR needs a balanced side ...and Shakib may be in or out..It abt KKR and not Shakib....

Posted by hasib9 on (October 17, 2012, 13:36 GMT)

No Balaji in this match.. He is a pretty ordinary bowler, as most Indian fast bowlers.. Keep Shakib for batting strength.. I'm not sure if Kallis is fit though. Why do Indian haters think Shakib played bad in the last match? He contributed more than most other players.. kkr lost because of Balaji in both matches. Kallis and Gambhir not scoring.. Shakib put up a partnership with McCollum giving him the strike.. He ended up scoring just 17 (including 2lb), which is not that great but top order needed to score.

Posted by   on (October 17, 2012, 13:35 GMT)

@Samin.Did both of us watch the same match because the last match Shakib played KKR lost badly drop him and play bret lee instead

Posted by baranasai on (October 17, 2012, 13:25 GMT)

I am not sure whether Tamimul is available to paly for KKR /he can get some good runs. Unless the opening wickets gets more than 45 the rest of the batsmen are under huge pressure and they cant do much to accelerate. It is upto Gautham to do positive display of batting. Bowling wise KKR should drop Balaji ? bring in who instead.no respite I give more chnaces for win to Scorchers than KKR .None of the Indian teams are evr going to make it to next round atleast if not winning it

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