Kings XI, Riders seek first win

The Kings XI Punjab and the Kolkata Knight Riders will be looking to get their IPL campaigns back on track at Kingsmead on Tuesday.

Both teams suffered heavy defeats in their opening matches at Newlands but Kings XI Punjab coach Tom Moody is not reading too much into the outcome of their first match and was keen to reflect on the positives particularly the opening stand of 67 between England international Ravi Bopara and youngster Karan Goel.

‘Ravi’s a terrific addition for us. We were very keen to pick him up in the auction – we think he adds a real dynamic aspect to our game,’ said Moody. ‘Those types of players are very rare and having him in the squad is obviously a real
bonus to us.’

The Knight Riders’ eight-wicket defeat by the Deccan Chargers highlighted a number of problems within the franchise not least of which was the balance of the side.

Not picking Ajantha Mendis could have been seen as an error in selection, especially considering the success likes of Shane Warne, Anil Kumble and Daniel Vettori had in the earlier matches.

More worrying though was their batting as they could muster up just 101 runs in their turn at the crease.

‘We didn’t play to our strengths and the Chargers utilised the conditions very well,’ said skipper Brendon McCullum. ‘However, it’s a long tournament and we’ve got opportunities to lift ourselves.’