Williamson: Largely the first half was reasonable without making more of a dent. It was a fair total and Russell got those big runs in the end. With the bat, we weren’t able to get the momentum to set the platform or get those partnerships. Strong performance by KKR and we’ve struggled to get that momentum in those last few games, which we need for the remaining games. We wanted to take wickets [so bowled Bhuvneshwar and Umran early and kept Washington for the last over], it was always going to be a tough over.
Washy has stepped up for last overs, using our resources early was something we had planned but it didn’t work out. We wanted a decent start and Abhishek is hitting the ball beautifully, there were glimpses and signs of setting a platform but it wasn’t to be and that was frustrating. [There are] Some consistencies to it (his own struggles), hit to the fielders, then try to hit big and walk back. It teaches you a lesson so some learnings for me there.
Southee: It was a great win. A big win is pleasing. I’ve been around long enough to know that chances come and go, overseas players have to sit on the sidelines, and you have to be ready when the chances come. It’s tough to replicate the match situation in the nets, but you try, and you back yourself in the field and use your experience. Back of a length was tough to hit and we stuck to that, the spinners did their job, and Narine was able to pull things back after his first two overs.
KKR win the toss and chose to bat first.
Williamson: We played on this surface just the other day. We wanted to bat first as well. Both Natarajan and Washington are both back in and Marco Jansen is back for Farooqi. As the pitches change, we need to keep adapting
Shreyas: If you see the teams that have batted first [here], have been able to defend the total. We were forced to make changes this time. Umesh Yadav comes in for Pat Cummins. Sam Billings comes in for Sheldon Jackson. We came back to the core team that we started with and want to continue with the same form.