After facing defeat at the hands of the defending champions Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) by 49 runs on Sunday, Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) will have to face the Rising Pune Supergiant (RPS) in their next match. Ahead of the clash, KKR all-rounder Colin de Grandhomme opened up during pre-match press conference and said that they will look to bowl in areas where RPS all-rounder Ben Stokes is not strong. England all-rounder Stokes hit a whirlwind 63-ball 103 to help RPS recover after they lost three wickets for 10 and go on to win by 6 wickets against Gujarat Lions (GL) on Monday. Full cricket scorecard: KKR vs RPS, Match 41
“I think we just got to execute our plans and hit our areas and try bowl to areas where he is not as strong and hopefully get him out early,” said 30-year-old New Zealander. Asked whether KKR’s lower order is an area of concern going ahead, the Harare-born Grandhomme, who generally bats at No.7 for the men in purple, said: “I think the more opportunity the lower order gets, the better they will get. The batsmen have been doing their job, which is a good thing.”
On a personal level, Grandhomme said playing in the IPL has been a great experience. “It is the biggest competition in the world. It is a big thing to be playing the IPL, against the best players in the world, it is a big thing,” he said. “You definitely learn a lot, under best coaches, best players, you obviously learn a lot.”
KKR are at second spot in the points table with seven wins from 10 matches. Another win will take them closer to qualify for playoffs.