Uphill task for Scorchers as they face upbeat KKR

Last Updated 23 September 2014, 07:20 IST

Having won 11 matches on a trot, the Kolkata Knight Riders will be aiming to keep their juggernaut rolling as they meet Perth Scorchers in their third group league match of the Oppo Champions League T20 here tomorrow.

The reigning IPL champions have been on a roll beating the formidable Chennai Super Kings and the Lahore Lions in their first two group league games.

KKR have done well in all departments with noted top and middle-order batsmen among runs. Skipper Gautam Gambhir and Robin Uthappa came good in the last match against Lahore Lions while Andre Russell and Ryan ten Doeschate won it from an improbable position in the first match against the CSK.

The bowling attack as usual has been led by Sunil Narine, who has been miserly and effective in both matches.

The Scorchers may not be mere pushovers for KKR though Mitchell Marsh showed with two successive sixes in the last match against the Dolphins.

Needing 12 off the last two deliveries, Marsh dispatched seamer Robbie Frylinck over deep mid-wicket and long-on to successfully chase down a target of 165 set up by the Dophins.

The Scorchers will have a bit of experience in their line-up as seasoned chinaman bowler Brad Hogg and Pakistani T20 freelance yasir Arafat in their ranks.

Some of their players Sam Whiteman, Joel Paris, Jason Behrendorff with the ball have fared well for the team in the clash with Dolphins.

The teams (from):

Kolkata Knight Riders: Gautam Gambhir (C ), Yusuf Pathan, Robin Uthappa, Piyush Chawla, vinay Kumar, Umesh Yadav, Manish Pandey, Suryakumar Yadav, Kuldeep Yadav, Sunil Narine, Jacques Kallis, Ryan ten Doeschate, Pat Cummins, Andre Russel and Manvinder Bisla.

Perth Scorchers: Adam Voges, Ashton Agar,Yasir Arafat,Michael Beer,Cameron Bancroft, Jason Behrendorff, Hilton Cartwright, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Brad Hogg, Simon Mackin, Mitchell Marsh, Joel Paris, Craig Simmons, Ashton Turner and Sam Whiteman.

(Published 23 September 2014, 07:20 IST)

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