Bengaluru’s weather will once again hold centrestage

The Hindu

Write Comment     |     E-Mail To a Friend     |     Facebook     |     Twitter     |     Print

Kolkata Knight Riders will bank on its recent experience in these conditions in Qualifier-2 against MI

The oscillating Bengaluru weather takes centrestage, as Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) goes up against Mumbai Indians (MI) in the IPL Qualifier 2 at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium here on Friday.

The prospect of rain ruining play will concern fans and players alike. Persistent showers reduced the KKR chase in the Eliminator tie — held at the same venue on Wednesday night — to a six-over affair. This wet interruption came only a few hours after a particularly sunny afternoon.

The stadium — armed with the impressive SubAir drainage system and efficient groundstaff — is best equipped to minimise any damage. Even the best of technology or manpower, however, cannot get play started if there is no respite from the rain.

Going by form in the league stage, it comes as a surprise that MI is in this do-or-die position. The table-topper was widely tipped to cruise into the final, but fell to Rising Pune Supergiant (RPS) in Qualifier 1.

Four of the top five MI batsmen fell to single-digit scores — not a cause for alarm, but a statistic that must be reversed.

On this slow, low Bengaluru pitch, the batters must be at their very best to prise out runs. If the franchise gets into top gear, it will be the favourite to book a spot in the final.

KKR, on the other hand, is now fairly familiar with the conditions on offer. A brilliant bowling and fielding performance restricted Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) to 128 for seven on Wednesday, and despite a shaky start to the chase, the team cruised past the finish line.

MI holds a 2-0 win record over this opponent this season, but KKR player Nathan Coulter-Nile is not unduly worried. “We have to rest and recover as much as possible, and get our plans sorted out for the match. We’ve played them twice already, so we know what they’re going to bring and what we need to do,” he said, after the victory over SRH. The Australian cited his side’s familiarity with the conditions as an advantage.

“We know what the wicket is like, which is an advantage to us. I think they haven’t played here in a while,” he said.

Coulter-Nile is right in his assessment — MI last played at this venue a little over a month ago.

Spectator interest, meanwhile, took a big hit at the SRH-KKR clash.

Empty seats robbed the occasion of a grand feel, with the city folk perhaps losing their zeal after RCB exited the scene.


Write your Comments on this Article
Your Name
Native Place / Place of Residence
Your E-mail
Your Comment   You have characters left.
Security Validation
Enter the characters in the image above
Disclaimer: Please write your correct name and email address. Kindly do not post any personal, abusive, defamatory, infringing, obscene, indecent, discriminatory or unlawful or similar comments. will not be responsible for any defamatory message posted under this article.
Please note that under 66A of the IT Act, sending offensive or menacing messages through electronic communication service and sending false messages to cheat, mislead or deceive people or to cause annoyance to them is punishable. It is obligatory on to provide the IP address and other details of senders of such comments, to the authority concerned upon request. Hence, sending offensive comments using will be purely at your own risk, and in no way will be held responsible.
Similarly, reserves the right to edit / block / delete the messages without notice any content received from readers.

Kemmannu Main Road [Work-in-progress, Pictures upd
View More

Obituary: Sunny Robert Mathias (42), Bahrain / KemmannuObituary: Sunny Robert Mathias (42), Bahrain / Kemmannu
Mount Rosary Church Annoucement for the weekMount Rosary Church Annoucement for the week
Rozaricho Gaanch Easter 2018Rozaricho Gaanch Easter 2018
Dist & State Level Yoga Competiton at the Thonse Health Centre on 28th May.Dist & State Level Yoga Competiton at the Thonse Health Centre on 28th May.
Congratulations McLean or scoring 97.6% in SSLC,Congratulations McLean or scoring 97.6% in SSLC,
Milarchi Lara - Issue April - 2018Milarchi Lara - Issue April - 2018
Delite Caterers and Delite Event ManagementDelite Caterers and Delite Event Management
An appeal to Kemmannu Parishioners, Friends and Well Wishers:


An appeal to Kemmannu Parishioners, Friends and Well Wishers:<P> <Center>[Comments]</P> </Center>
Milarchi Laram - Issue Jan 2018Milarchi Laram - Issue Jan 2018
Souza’s Mega Festival SaleSouza’s Mega Festival Sale
Read online Uzvaad:<font color=red> Read online Uzvaad</font color=red>:
Visit Axis Bank Now open in Kallianpura, SanthekatteVisit Axis Bank Now open in Kallianpura, Santhekatte
For all your travel needs contact Sequeira TouristFor all your travel needs contact Sequeira Tourist
Power Care Services, MoodubellePower Care Services, Moodubelle
Read Online RaknnoRead Online Raknno
Kemmannu Platinum Jubilee Souvenir – Amruth KaanikKemmannu Platinum Jubilee Souvenir – Amruth Kaanik
Udupi TodayUdupi Today
St. Alphonsa of India
Mangalorean Fertility Physician in New York


Mangalorean Fertility Physician in New York


For information, please email or contact Megi Zeku at 646-962-7499, prompt 3.



Thank you from Kemmannu.comContact for all your Travel, Tours and For Rent a Car

Contact Maria Travels  for all your Travel, Tours and For Rent a Car Mob: 9980889512 or 9819444307

Thanksgiving to St. Lawrance

Thanksgiving to St. Lawrance

Sponsored Albums