Kolkata Knight Riders' captain Gautam Gambhir said he hoped his team would not repeat the mistakes -- of Sunday's match against Somerset which they lost by five wickets -- when they take on South Australian Redbacks in the Champions League T20 Group B match at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium here today.
KKR skipper Gautam Gambhir. Pic/AFP
Following their second consecutive loss to Somerset, Kolkata Knight Riders are still in search of their first win in the group league. Ditto for the Redbacks. Their morale is also down following their 50-run loss against the Warriors. So to keep hopes alive, both sides would look to make amends of the past. Gambhir though exuded confidence even after losing back-to-back games against the English county side. "It's pretty clear. We have three more games. Hopefully, we can win all three and get into the semi-final.
Sometimes, it is good that you need to win all the game. You go out and give everything," Gambhir said.
"We have got strength in our dressing room. We can bounce back. I have lot of confidence in the team," he added. But KKR camp should be enthusiastic for the fact that marauder Yusuf Pathan was seen in his elements against Somerset. His 39 off 21 helped the Kolkata side post a formidable 161 though the opponents proved to be a better side on the day.
Whether the team was short of runs against Somerset, the KKR skipper said: "The score of 161 was a good total on board. This score gives lot of confidence to bowlers. But they batted well. Gambhir, who was making a comeback after over one month following an injury that he suffered during the recent England tour, declared himself fully fit. "I am 100 percent fit that's why I have played against Somerset. I always said till the time I am not 100 percent fit, I will not play," he said.
Meanwhile, both batting and bowling have been the concerns for the Redbacks in this tournament. They would require to lift their game against KKR side which despite losing showed signs of brilliance. The Aussie side needs skipper Michael Klinger, Callum Ferguson and experienced paceman Shaun Tait to fire.