The Telegraph
Friday , May 19 , 2017

Nathan: Can't be playing cricket at 2am

Calcutta: Kolkata Knight Riders will be praying for the rain to stay away when they meet Mumbai Indians at the Chinnaswamy on Friday.

The Knights defeated defending champions Sunrisers Hyderabad in a rain-truncated Eliminator that ended at 1.27 am in Bangalore on Thursday.

Knight Riders pacer Nathan Coulter-Nile said there is a need to have a fresh look at the IPL rules after the late finish.

Gautam Gambhir's men notched up a seven-wicket win via the Duckworth-Lewis after they were set a revised target of 48 from 6 overs.

"Well, no one really got nervous until when they went out there for the last look at about 12:40 am. It sorted of looked like I didn't wanna play. I think there is so much time, rules probably need to be looked at, I mean it's 2am... you can't be playing cricket at 2 o' clock... But I wasn't nervous at all. There was so much time, we had to get on," he said at the post-match press conference.

"When it was raining, we were quietly confident because 12.50 am was the cut-off time. It kept raining and raining. The covers kept coming on and off. So, we were getting twitchy.

"KKR will now play Mumbai Indians on Friday at the same venue and will be praying that the rain gods stay away," he said.

Coulter-Nile returned with a three-wicket haul, which included a brilliant 19th over where he bagged two wickets and conceded just three runs.

The Australian seamer credited fellow pacers Umesh Yadav and Trent Boult for providing him with valuable inputs which helped his bowling. "I think when I bowled the seventh or eighth over and they said 'look, cross-seamers into the wicket, throw them hard' and you really rely on your teammates to give you some pointers on what to do..." he said.

Coulter-Nile said the wicket of Sunrisers captain David Warner (dismissed by Piyush Chawla) was the turning point of the match.

"Piyush removed Warner, that I thought was the turning point. He is that kind of a bloke who can turn a 130 into a 150 or 160. That started with the first over," he said.

Coulter-Nile said Knight Riders went for the kill right from ball one for the 48-run target as a strategy, given the slow nature of the wicket.


MI vs KKR (Bangalore, 8pm)

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