Kings XI Punjab head coach Anil Kumble has revealed his take on the venue where his team will take on Rajasthan Royals in their third match of IPL 2020. Kings XI Punjab strongly bounced back by inflicting a 97-run defeat on Royal Challengers Bangalore following their narrow loss to Delhi Capitals. Anil Kumble, who masterminded the capitulation of RCB’s batting line-up, is gearing his men up for Sharjah, a ground that has been hard on the bowlers.
Rajasthan Royals played their first match against Chennai Super Kings in Sharjah and amassed 216 even without Jos Buttler and Ben Stokes in their armoury. The likes of Steve Smith and Sanju Samson shone in the top-order followed by Jofra Archer, who ruthlessly attacked Lungi Ngidi in the final over. In reply, CSK only fell 16 runs short in a game that witnessed 33 sixes across two innings. Hence, the venue could see another high-scoring match.
Anil Kumble conceded that the margin of error is very minimal at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium, where batsmen will relish playing their strokes. The 132-Test veteran hopes for their bowlers to come good on the day. KXIP has probably got the best new-ball bowlers in Mohammed Shami and Sheldon Cottrell followed by quality spinners like Ravi Bishnoi, Murugan Ashwin, and Mujeeb-Ur-Rahman.
“It is something where batsmen will enjoy batting, so in bowling, the margin of error is very minimal, hopefully, we will be able to do that,” Kumble said as quoted by KXIP’s official website.
“We have practiced here a few times in Sharjah” : Anil Kumble
Kumble added that all the players are aware of the boundaries here and practised a few times in Sharjah. The 49-year old believes that it all comes down to bowling in the right areas that will help them stay on the top. It is worth noting that Jos Buttler will likely play in this game and his record while opening the innings is impressive.
“All the players are aware of the boundaries, we have practiced here a few times in Sharjah. At the end of it, you need to bowl in good areas, if you bowl in good areas you still mean business,” he added.