Published: Fri, April 21, 2017
Science | By Hubert Green

IPL 2017: Kolkata Knight Riders look to add to Gujarat Lion's misery

IPL 2017: Kolkata Knight Riders look to add to Gujarat Lion's misery

"I should have finished the match", Pathan told reporters on the eve of KKR's match against wooden spooners Gujarat Lions.

"My game hasn't changed", the swashbuckling right-hander said.

The KKR batsman has been one of the most consistent players in IPL 2017, with scores of 81, 25, 46 and 69 runs. So, keeping that in mind, my shots won't change, but at the same time I would look to play a longer innings.

Asked about KKR's opening conundrum since Australian Chris Lynn got injured, Pathan said: "If you say we can not fix one slot (opening), we are doing well in all other slots". Both batsmen have starred in wins this season too, and though both batsmen were dismissed cheaply in the win against DD recently, they continue to be the two most-important batsmen in the team.

When you come off a good away-match, it is good. At home we are doing so well, so the confidence level is very high. "We didn't have a good game against Mumbai but we've learnt from that, especially bowling at the death and fielding", said KKR assistant-coach Simon Katich.

KKR are coming into this contest on the back of three wins - the most recent being against Delhi Daredevils on Monday evening. Our job is to play good cricket.

We have nine matches to play; we will look to continue with the good work. They have been brilliant in all departments of the game, and Gautam Gambhir's team should continue their winning ways against one of the weak teams in the competition, Gujarat Lions. All teams compete against each other and every team wants to win.

In the three matches played between these two sides, the Lions enjoy a 2-1 advantage over their opponents. That doesn't make them a weak team.

KKR has always come up with surprises. We have a lot of positives to talk about in the dressing room. So we are focussing more on that and not on the negatives. These aspects where we need to improve will help us when the competition is close and has entered its business end.

How do I watch the KKR vs GL IPL 2017 match live? If a set batsmen gets out, it's never easy for a new batsman and you struggle.

"I think we haven't consistently put our batting, bowling and fielding together in one unit. I will try to not repeat the same mistake", he said.

On dropped catches Everyone is talking about it.

Though KKR might start the match as favourites, there are some incredible stars in the GL camp, who could change the game on their own.

Against Rising Pune Supergiant, Australian medium pacer Andrew Tye bagged a hattrick an returned best figures of (5/17) as Gujarat won by seven wickets with two overs to spare. They are also my people, Kolkata people are also my own.

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