x Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 26 July 2017

Raina says Kings can rule again

The stand-in Chennai Super Kings captain has no doubt his team will bounce back tonight from the heart-breaking defeat to Kings XI Punjab.

Suresh Raina, the stand-in Chennai Super Kings captain, has no doubt his team will bounce back from the heart-breaking defeat to Kings XI Punjab on Sunday, when they visit Bangalore tonight. Chennai will look for redemption when they take on the Royal Challengers Bangalore, after losing to Punjab at home in a Super Over tie-breaker. It was a game the hosts should have won comfortable after restricting Kumar Sangakkara's team to 136, but they made a mess of the run-chase after a 65-run opening stand.

But Raina said his side will not be carrying any scars from that defeat, instead putting lessons from that game to practice. "If you see the body language of our team, it is still very good," he said. "We should have won the match, but Punjab did well to take it away from us. "So we are not really down or anything; we are just looking forward to the next game and will make sure we bounce back strongly."

After losing their first game to Kolkata Knight Riders, the Royal Challengers have won their last three matches comprehensi-vely, with Jacques Kallis playing a leading role. The South Africa all-rounder has not been dismissed in this tournament thus far and has scored 264 runs. Anil Kumble, the Royal Challengers captain, lauded Kallis's contribution in Bangalore's impressive run and hopes for another good show tonight.

"We wanted Kallis to bat for the 20 overs and he has been doing that," said Kumble. "He has been anchoring one end and when required he has been taking on the bowlers. He is great player and with his ability to bowl, he is a great asset." arizvi@thenational.ae