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IPL 2017: We know the pitch, so it's advantage Kolkata against Mumbai, feels Nathan Coulter-Nile

Coulter Nile
Coulter Nile

For man who is prone to giving the opponents a headache or two with his pacy stuff, getting his own head in a bind was a very different experience. But Nathan Coulter-Nile has got past the knock on his head and recovered just in time to give it back to the batsmen again. The Australian quick was in the thick things during his comeback match (he had suffered a concussion in an earlier game after being struck by a bouncer), picking up the Man of the Match award for his three-wicket haul against Sunrisers Hyderabad on Wednesday night. And he's all set to take on the Mumbai Indians tonight.

"We play them tomorrow I guess," he started. He was right, Coulter-Nile was speaking to the media at around 2 am last morning, post the rain-delayed finish against SRH. "We have to rest up tonight (Thursday) and get as much recovery as we can tomorrow and have our team meeting and go through them tomorrow. We've played them twice already, we know what they're going to bring and we know what we do. We also know what the wicket is like, which is an advantage to us. I think they haven't played here in a while," he added.

Elaborating on the Chinnaswamy Stadium pitch, Coulter-Nile, who has taken 14 wickets from 7 games in IPL-10, said: "It was a difficult wicket. The cross seamers were holding up and slower balls were getting a little grip making it tough to play on."

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