The Pat Cummins-led KKR assault was taken to the cleaners by Delhi Capitals batsmen of their 18-run loss on October three in Sharjah. But on the venue the place they’ve been tenting, KKR are hoping for a turnaround within the match towards CSK.
“We have been practising here for a long time. It’s like a home venue for us now. We have some experience on this ground. They know what lengths to bowl on this wicket,” Tripathi mentioned on the eve of the match towards CSK.
“All the bowlers really contributed in our last game here (against Rajasthan Royals). It’s a big ground and definitely it completely changes from what we played in Sharjah. Our bowlers are up to the mark and will give a tough time to CSK batsmen.”
CSK have bounced again after a hat-trick of losses, chasing down Kings XI Punjab’s 179 with out dropping a wicket of their earlier match.
The veteran Shane Watson (83 not out off 53) and Faf du Plessis (87 not out off 53) conjured up an unimaginable opening partnership to overtake the goal with 14 balls to spare on Sunday (October 4).
“It’s an important game for us. They won the last game, they will have the momentum. But we will look to start well,” the 29-year-old Tripathi mentioned.
Tripathi impressed in his debut for KKR within the match towards Delhi Capitals as he together with Eoin Morgan saved KKR within the hunt after the crew struggled at 122/6 from 13.three overs. But the Delhi Capitals bowlers gained the battle on the demise to clinch an exciting win at Sharjah.
“Morgan was calm and kept telling me ‘let’s do this and stay calm’. We were making a game out of it but unfortunately couldn’t finish,” Tripathi, who scored 36 from 16 balls, rued.
He nevertheless mentioned that the temper within the camp was optimistic.
“It’s more important to learn from your mistakes. There were a lot of positives. In IPL, matches happen too fast and it’s a matter of one victory and the momentum comes back. So it’s important to look forward to the next game,” Tripathi concluded.
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