Beleaguered Dolphins will play for pride when they take on a mighty Kolkata Knight Riders in the Oppo Champions League Twenty20 tournament at the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket stadium here on Monday.
Kolkata Knight Riders' Dutch import Ryan ten Doeschate has lauded skipper Gautam Gambhir for his poise and he believes that the IPL champions have a realistic chance of making the semi-finals of the ongoing Oppo Champions League Twenty20.
The most successful team in the cash-rich Indian Premier League, Chennai Super Kings, has been struggling with their bowling, as their bowlers are finding it difficult to stop the run-flow at crucial junctures.
Kolkata Knight Riders batsman Ryan ten Doeschate heaped praise on teammate Andre Russell for taking the game away from Chennai Super Kings with a scintillating knock and open their campaign in the Oppo Champions League Twenty20 on a winning note.
Kolkata Knight Riders captain Gautam Gambhir on Wednesday said Andre Russell and Ryan ten Doeschate played "unbelievable" knocks and also hailed spinner Sunil Narine for his economical spell, which according to him were instrumental in his side's seven-wicket win over Chennai Super Kings the Champions League Twenty20 opener here.
Otago Volts enhanced their chances to qualify for the Champions League Twenty20 as Ryan ten Doeschate led the Kiwi side to a convincing six-wicket victory over Kandurata Maroons with his all round performance on Wednesday.
Playing his first game in the ongoing IPL, Ryan ten Doeschate proved to be the game-changer in Kolkata Knight Riders` win over Pune Warriors here but the batsman does not feel that he was the missing link in the line-up of his inconsistent team.