Kolkata Knight Riders have once again lost the plot in the business end of the tournament. Two defeats in a row have put them in an almost a do-or-die situation in their last match against Sunrisers Hyderabad. If they lose then they will have to depend on other results to qualify while a win will ensure them a playoff spot.
Kolkata Knight Riders’ assistant coach Simon Katich has said that they will be treating the game as a final to avoid any complications in the qualification.
“Ultimately, we know that if we win, we go through. This is basically like a final.We will be going into the match thinking only about winning it,” Katich said on Saturday .
KKR was thrashed by Gujarat Lions in their previous match and Katich feels that the Knights have the potential to bounce back against the Sunrisers.
“Everyone was disappointed with the result the other night. A loss like that does not mean we are a bad team. We have to regroup and start again,” Katich stated.
He also backed the opening duo of Gambhir and Robin Uthappa who have failed to fire in the last few matches.
“We feel that they are very good players and good players normally respond to pressure and big-match situations,” Katich said.
Talking about KKR’s batting line-up, he said: “Our batsmen have been in good form.They just had a disappointing game the other night but that does not make them bad players. Hopefully, they will come back with a positive mindset.”
He also commented on Andre Russell’s situation who is doubtful for this game, saying that they are still unsure on his participation in this game.
“Andre is getting treatment (hamstring injury) from our physio but we are still unsure about his condition,” said Katich.
Although KKR’s main bowling weapon Sunil Narine has failed to replicate his old form this season, Katich still felt the spinner has done reasonably well.
“I would not say he is off colour. History says many guys have found it hard to come back after remedial action.He has been fantastic in the way he has approached it. He has bowled in the Power Play and also at the death. To me, that is a huge positive,” Katich said.
When asked about their plans to tackle SRH bowler Mustafizur Rahman, he said:
“We spent a fair amount of time talking about him.Our batsmen, particularly Gautam, played him beautifully the last time the two teams met. It is something that we have to do again.”