Martin Guptill wants to notch one more win against RCB
Guptill said that the Punjab outfit will assess the condition and try to adapt to it, especially since low-scoring games were played at Chinnaswamy this year.
Published - May 4, 2017 8:30 pm | Updated - May 4, 2017 8:30 pm
Kings XI Punjab would want to continue their winning run from their last game when they meet the Royal Challengers Bangalore at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore on Friday. Martin Guptill, their star batsman said that the team would be looking to continue the momentum. Placed fifth with 8 points from 9 games, Punjab will be keen to post a comprehensive win against the wooden spooners if they want to make it to the playoffs.
In the home game against Delhi Daredevils, the KXIP bowlers were spot on right from seamer Sandeep Sharma to Axar Patel and chasing a small 68 runs to win, they went about it in a pretty professional manner with Guptill scoring a half century and his partner Hashim Amla playing second fiddle.
“We started off very well but unfortunately lost some matches in the middle. That can happen in cricket. We lost a few games, which cost us. We have played a couple of good games recently. We are looking to put up a good performance and get another victory,” he told reporters ahead of the game.
RCB no longer stand any chance to make it to the playoffs. But from here on, they’ll be giving in their everything to salvage pride. When asked how difficult it can be to beat one such team that has nothing to lose, Guptill said: “They are a dangerous side. If you look through their line-up, the whole way down, they have got match winners everywhere.
“Yeah, we have to play extremely well tomorrow (Friday) and put our plans in place to negate their tag of being match winners. It is going to be tough game and we have to be on our toes to take them down,” the New Zealander said.
Guptill also said that the Punjab outfit will assess the condition and try to adapt to it, especially since low-scoring games were played at Chinnaswamy this year. “There have been low-scoring games. We have to take this into account,” he said.
The Virat Kohli-led RCB, which was hailed by many as the toughest team to beat this season, were troubled by injuries and lack of form, and have so far won only 2 of their 11 games.