We are in Garden City for a big game against Royal Challengers Bangalore. Having suffered back-to-back defeats, our Knights will look to bounce back today against a team, whom they bowled out for 49 (lowest ever IPL score) at Eden Gardens a couple of weeks back. Gautam Gambhir and Co. had created some records then, can they match up to that show today? Here are some numbers to look out for.
The 3000 club: Gautam Gambhir has led the team from the front scoring 411 runs at an average of 51.37 in this IPL. He requires another 52 runs to reach 3000 runs, which will be the highest by a captain for a franchise in the IPL & will surpass MS Dhoni’s total of 2986 for CSK in the process.
Uthappa’s ‘home’ comforts: Robin Uthappa has steadied the ship for us coming in at No.3 & will look to continue his fine form as he needs 51 runs to score 500 runs against his former team, RCB in IPL.
The Coulter-Attack: Nathan Coulter-Nile has been sensational for us taking 11 wickets from six games & winning the Man of the Match award, twice this season. The Aussie Knight needs 1 wicket more to complete 100 scalps in T20 cricket.
The Crucial Battles: Piyush Chawla has been tough to handle for AB de Villiers as our Knight has got the better of him 4 times in 9 innings. Other big name under his belt, he’s dismissed the RCB skipper, Virat Kohli on 3 occasion in 11 encounters.
Nathan Coulter-Nile has an impressive record against De Villiers, dismissing him twice in 3 innings in just 7 balls bowled to him.
Sunil Narine will look forward to bowling to his West Indies teammate, Chris Gayle, having dismissed the Jamaican on 4 occasions in 13 games. The big-hitting RCB batsman averages just 15.8 and his strike rate reads 73.3.
Time for a #DusKiDahaad performance from our Knights to get back to winning ways!