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Indian Premier League 2014: Confident Rajasthan Royals clash with Kolkata Knight Riders



Abu Dhabi: After their thumping six-wicket victory against Royal Challengers Bangalore, spirited Rajasthan Royals will take on Kolkata Knight Riders at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium today as the UAE leg of the Indian Premier League (IPL) nears the end.

The Knight Riders on their part are fresh from beating Bangalore in a thriller in Sharjah Cricket Stadium and will be looking to continue with their good show.

Speaking to reporters ahead of the match, Royals skipper Shane Watson said his side would want to wrap-up the UAE leg on a high.

"We are very optimistic about this match and we are looking forward to finish this (UAE) tour with a win. That win against Bangalore has proven a morale booster for us," Watson said.

On Saturday, batting first, Bangalore were given shock treatment after they were shot out for a mere 70 runs in what was the third lowest IPL total.

The 42-year-old leg-spinner Pravin Tambe romped through the middle overs to claim a career best four-wicket haul.

"It's good to have bowlers like him who can get wickets for us," Watson said.

"He doesn't look old when he bowls," Watson joked.

"What we have on our disposal are some of the best talents. They may not be famed internationally but some are real tough cricketers who can deliver on any given day," Watson pointed out.

Kolkata coach Trevor Bayliss said his side would continue to roll the juggernaut when they face Royals Tuesday.

"We had a great game against Bangalore and we want to continue that way when we face Royals. They too had a mixed performance like us but we know they are quite strong in their bowling and we know a few of them well," Bayliss said.

"Overall, we are satisfied with our team's performance. We had a good rest before we hit the training ground.

"The players are raring to go and win this last match here in the UAE before we head to India."

Though Kolkata has impressed in the previous game, the batting woes of their skipper Gautam Gambhir have been a worry in this tournament.

"Gambhir is a world class batsman and we all know what he is capable of. It's a matter of one innings and he can come back into form. We are fully backing him and I have confidence in his ability to strike," Bayliss said.

When asked if his captaincy is taking a toll on his batting performance, Bayliss had this to say: "If that was the case, then we wouldn't be winning.

"He has been an inspirational leader for us."

To get in touch with the reporter: nishad@timesofoman.com

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