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Sunday, May 25, 2008

IPL twenty20 – Kolkata Knight Riders play for pride against Kings XI Punjab at Eden Garden

With all lost for Kolkata Knight Riders now they will be looking to selvedge some pride in front of their home crowd. So far they look rusty in the tournament wit the bat apart from their first game against Royal Challengers and one that they played against Deccan Chargers. On the other hand Kings XI Punjab already qualified for the semi finals but they will be looking to keep their winning momentum going.

Kings XI Punjab looks in superb touch throughout the tournament except the first two games they have played. Kings XI Punjab have put up an all-round good show in the tournament, riding on a collective effort by their players. In the batting department, Australian Shaun Marsh, Sri Lankan Kumar Sangakkara and skipper Yuvraj Singh have been the mainstays for the Punjab side.

Kings XI Punjab not only has strong batting line up they also have some quality bowling line ups which can rattle any team on a given day, with the likes of S.Sreesanth, I.Pathan and P.Chawla. So far P.Chawla impressed everyone with his all round performance.

Kolkata Knight Riders may look to win this match in front of their home crowd to give something to cheer for their fans in their last outing in IPL 2008.

Player to Watch

K.Sangkara: After missing the few matches on trout he came back with an excellent knock of 25 balls 50 against Deccan Chargers other night so he will look to continue his same form against Knight Riders also.

D.Hussey: He has not done well except for two-three matches but he is match winner for Western Australia and he would like to end his IPL 2008 on a good note.

Pitch Report

Eden Garden wicket will be slow and low so any score around 160-170 runs will be comparative and team win the toss will look to bat first.

Team News

Kolkata Knight Riders may bring T.Taibu in place of Md. Hafeez who has performed well below the expectation in his eight outings in the middle. They may also replace A.Agarkar with young spinner I.Abdulla but rest of team will be same. Kins XI Punjab may decide to rest their key players S.Marsh for today game and play J.Hopes in place of him. I.Pathan may also include in place of G.Singh.

Likely Playing XI for both the teams (Match will start from 20:00 PM India time)

Kings XI Punjab: Kumar Sangkara, James Hopes, Luke Pomersbach, Yuvraj Singh (Captain), Mahela Jayawardene, Irfan Pathan, R.Powar, Piyush Chawla, S.Sreesanth, VRV Singh.

Kolkata Knight Riders: D.Das, S.Butt, S.Ganguly (Captain), D.Hussey, T.Taibu, R.L.Shukla, W.Saha (WK), U.Gul, I. Abdulla, I.Sharma, A.Dinda.


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posted by KANISH RANJAN @ 1:52 PM  
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