I thought this game was exciting. Before coming into the bowl, I told the boys this game could define our character. The way we fought reflects our mentality. Proud to have taken it till the last over. In the end, I decided to go with Venky because he has some experience bowling at the international level. Important to give confidence to the players as early as possible. The wicket was two-paced, the bounce was odd. Wanindu bowled really well. We decided we’ll play him as an off-spinner, unfortunately, didn’t go to plan.
Faf du Plessis:
Very happy. Goodwin, obviously chasing small scores, you want to be positive and not leave it late, but it was good bowling from their seamers. Tonight there was seam and bounce, the first night it swung a bit more. Two-three days ago, it was 200 v 200. Tonight it was 120 v 120, pretty good. In an ideal world, we would’ve liked to have won more convincingly but a win is a win. DK’s experience helped in the end, cool-calm, runs weren’t never really too far away. He’s probably as cool as MS Dhoni can get in the last five overs.
Kolkata Knight Riders vs Royal Challengers Bangalore Highlights today, Wednesday 30-3-2022. 6th Match (N), Tata Indian Premier League from Dr DY Patil Sports Academy, Mumbai.
Head to head
Total matches played: 29
KKR Won: 16
RCB Won: 13
Toss: Bangalore chose to field.
“I’m no pitch expert but this pitch feels tacky. With dew later in the evening, the ball could skid on a bit more,” says Faf du Plessis. RCB is unchanged.
“I would’ve bowled first as well,” says Shreyas. “Spoke to the bowlers. They said the ball was slipping at the end of the first innings (in their first game). The bowlers did an amazing job, batters finished off on a good note. This is a good test for us, to try and put up a good total.” Tim Southee comes in for Shivam Mavi. Remember, they played just three overseas players in the previous game, so Southee becomes the fourth overseas player today.
Kolkata Knight Riders: team: Venkatesh, Rahane, Shreyas, Rana, Jackson, Billings, Russell, Narine, Southee, Umesh, Chakravarthy.
Royal Challengers Bangalore team: Faf, Rawat, Kohli, Karthik, Rutherford, Shahbaz, Harshal, Hasaranga, Willey, Siraj, Akash Deep.
Match Timings: 14:00 GMT | 19:30 Local
Umpires – Jayaraman Madanagopal, Navdeep Singh
TV Umpires – Nitin Menon
Match Referee – Manu Nayyar
Reserve Umpire – Chirra Ravikanthreddy
Match number – Tata IPL 2022 – Seasone 15, 6th Match