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Tuesday, May 20, 2008
 

IPL twenty20 –Kolkata Knight Riders found themselves in a do-or-die battle against Rajasthan Royals at Eden Garden

Kolkata Knight Riders after starting the tournament on high note now looking down the barrel after loosing their last two encounters badly. Now they not only need to win their remaining matches but they need to win by high margin to better the net run rate.

So far they are placed at sixth position in the points table with the net run rate of +0.03 and with 10 points in the eleven matches they have played. Mumbai Indians and Delhi Daredevils are the teams which are fighting for the fourth spot in the points table and they were looking way ahead of Kolkata Knight Riders at the moment.

Luck is also not favoring the home team as the last game washed out due to bad weather and on D/L methods they lost the match by 3 runs. Some poor fielding in the last match also involved in the loosing cause against Chennai Super Kings otherwise the results would be much different.

On the other hand Rajasthan Royals are sitting pretty well on the top of points table but they would like to continue their winning streak going. There top orders batters are in sizzling form as they showed against Royal Challengers Bangalore when they scored 197 runs in their 20 overs. Their bowlers are also in top form specially Sohail Tanvir who picked up three wickets in the last match along with Captain Shane Warne.

It is a do or die situation for the most glamrous team in the competition and the their clash with the Royals will decide whether they can survive in the tournament or not. The Royals are confident of knocking out the Knight Riders. Now, the only option Ganguly's men have is to perform or perish.

Player to Watch

Shane Watson: Whatever he has done so far with bat or bowl is outstanding and he might continue to do same in front of huge crowd at Eden Garden.

Saurav Ganguly: In the last two matches he has failed badly with bat and not get chance to bowl since his team not able to score as many runs as he would liked. But now it’s time for Dada to turn the tide in his favor. So watch out for the Bengal Tigers to go blistering against Rajasthan Royals.

Pitch Report

Pitch at Eden Garden might assist spinners as ball gets older and will help fast bowlers with the new ball. We may not see bigger score as we like but it will be close encounter no doubt.

Team News

Rajasthan Royals are likely to go in this match with same XI as they played against Royal Challengers Bangalore on the other hand in the do-or-die match Kolkata Knight Riders has another set back as Shoaib Akhtar is not fully fit and may get replaced by Umar Gul rest composition of team will be same.

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

Rajasthan Royals: S.Asnodhkar, G.Smith, Y.Pathan, S.Watson, R.Jadeja, T.Kohli, M.Rawat (WK), S.Warne, S.Tanvir, S.Trivedi, M.Patel.

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

 

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posted by KANISH RANJAN @ 3:38 PM  
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