Kumble eyes away win

“It’s certainly a pleasing factor for us that our top-order batsmen have delivered in two consecutive matches. The top-order getting runs is important in any form of the game. (Jacques) Kallis has been excellent along with Manish Pandey, and hopefully we can continue it,” Kumble told newsmen at the Brabourne stadium on Friday.

Kumble said the team was very upbeat after back-to-back wins. “The team is full of confidence after two victories at home. If you look at Mumbai, they have done exceptionally well in their last two games. But we are looking forward for this game, and hopefully we can now register a win away from home,” the veteran leggie said.

“Another plus factor is that the bowling too came good against Rajasthan. It was an exceptional performance from our bowlers to restrict Royals to 90-odd runs,” he added.
“Having said that, it will be a different challenge for us here. The stadium is smaller in size and there is a fast outfield. Hopefully, the bowlers will be able to come up with a good show, but it will be definitely challenging,” Kumble said.

Battle with master excites Kumble
Two of the finest players in the history of world cricket – Sachin Tendulkar and Anil Kumble – will lock horns on Saturday.

Kumble will lead the Royal Challengers while Tendulkar will shepherd Mumbai Indians, and the battle between the batting virtuoso and the master leg-spinner will hold centre stage, if it happens.

“Sachin is their key batsman, we all know how destructive he can be,” Kumble said, adding in a lighter vein, “Hopefully, I don’t have to bowl to Sachin. Our fast bowlers will have done the job by the time I come to bowl.”Competitive as ever, he added, “I am looking forward to bowling at him. It has always been a challenge to bowl to the master.”

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