Gayle likely to start against Knight Riders, says Jennings

Kolkata: Big-hitting West Indian opener Chris Gayle is likely to start for Royal Challengers Bangalore when they take on Kolkata Knight Riders in an Indian Premier League (IPL) match on Friday.

Flown in as the injured Dirk Nannes` replacement, Gayle went unsold in the IPL auction in January, as none of the franchisees showed interest in him.

"He (Gayle) is a quality player and definitely can be an option," Royal Challengers coach Ray Jennings told reporters on the eve of the match at the Eden Gardens here. If he features in the playing XI on Friday, Gayle, a former Knight Rider player, would be keen to prove a point or two, and revive the fortunes of Royal Challengers who are lying ninth with three points from five matches.

While Gayle`s addition is expected to bolster KKR`s batting, fielding, according to Jennings, remains the area of concern.

"It all depends on how you see it. I think our players have performed with the bat and the ball. The one area which we are weak is our fielding. We could have won our last two or three games if we fielded properly," Jennings said.

He further said that newly-appointed Sri Lankan skipper Tillakaratne Dilshan is due for runs.

"He has a good chance tomorrow."


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