Kolkata Knight Riders will clash with Perth Scorchers in the 2014 Champions League T20 Group A clash at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad today, Wednesday, September 24, 2014 at 8:00 PM IST.
The match can be watched on Starsports, PTV, and ESPN in respective countries and for online access ESPN Cricinfo or Starsports.com.
Kolkata Knight Riders with a win over tournament favourites Chennai Super Kings, scored their second win against Lahore Lions on Sunday. Perth Scorchers, with a win over the Dolphins in the opening match of the Champions League T20 would be checking their luck again today.
The Kolkata Knight Riders outclassed the Chennai Super Kings in the tournament opener and returned four days later to defeat the Lahore Lions, chasing down totals in excess of 150 to win on both occasions. The IPL champions will admit that they have not played their best cricket yet; one can only guess how good they can be if they perform to their potential. The middle order hasn’t been entirely convincing and the new-ball bowlers haven’t caused too much damage so far in the tournament; those are the two areas, apart from ground fielding that Gautam Gambhir and co. will look to improve as they aim to seal a semi-final berth with a win in this match.
A look back at KKR’s 11-match winning run will reveal a set pattern. Openers Robin Uthappa and Gautam Gambhir lay a solid base, with one of them batting well into the second half of the innings, allowing the stroke-makers to contribute around them. The spinners have been at the forefront of KKR’s bowling plans; despite the aide from video analysts and coaches, batsmen still can’t find a way to score runs off Sunil Narine and deny him. The leg-spinner Piyush Chawla is an integral component of KKR’s bowling set-up, while the young Kuldeep Yadav brings the X-factor and adds variety.
Perth Scorchers, winners of the Big Bash League 03, must be high on confidence after their thrilling last-ball win over the Dolphins. Despite the early damage caused by their new-ball bowlers, the Scorchers still conceded 164. That is an area the team from Down Under will be keen to improve. The Perth Scorchers will also face a stern test from the KKR spin trio; teams from Australia have had their fair share of troubles playing quality spinners and how they fare against Sunil Narine and co. could well have a telling impact on how the match shapes up.
Craig Simmons, who top-scored in the Scorchers’ win over the Dolphins, will be expected to do damage at the top of the innings and set a platform from which Sam Whiteman and Mitchell Marsh can launch. On the bowling front, the Scorchers will be hoping Nathan Coulter-Nile has recovered sufficiently from the injury that forced him to miss the previous match, so he can complement Joel Paris and Jason Behrendorff.
Betting Odds (888Sport.com) show that Kolkata Knight Riders to win with 4-9 odds compared to Perth Scorchers to win at 9/5.
Kolkata Knight Riders: Gautam Gambhir (c), Robin Uthappa, Manvinder Bisla (wk), Yusuf Pathan, Ryan ten Doeschate, Suryakumar Yadav, Andre Russell, Pat Cummins, Piyush Chawla, Sunil Narine, Kuldeep Yadav.
Perth Scorchers: Possible XI: Craig Simmons, Adam Voges (c), Sam Whiteman (wk), Mitchell Marsh, Ashton Agar, Ashton Turner, Hilton Cartwright, Yasir Arafat, Jason Behrendorff, Joel Paris, Brad Hogg.