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Monday, April 27, 2009

IPL twenty20 – Big game for Kolkata Knight Riders against formidable Mumbai Indians

Kolkata Knight Riders with only one win in their bag after four games in IPL season two will look to register their second win of the competition when they take on all-round Mumbai Indians.

Both teams play with each other after coming from defeat in their last games. At presently Mumbai Indians placed at fifth place in the table after playing three games while Kolkata Knight Riders are at sixth place after playing four games. So from Kolkata point of view this is the right time for them to make a move on from here onwards if they would hope for making into last four.

Kolkata Knight Riders have struggled for consistency, losing their opening game to Deccan Chargers, in next game with D/L method they beat Kings XI Punjab in a rain-hit match and then losing to Rajasthan Royals via Super Over. They gained a point when their match against Chennai Super Kings was washed out without a ball being bowled.

On the other hand Mumbai Indians started the tournament on bright note beating last year runners up Chennai easily in their first game, in their next game against Rajasthan Royals they gained a points without a ball being bowled and in their recent outing they have beaten in a close game by Deccan Chargers.

Mumbai Indians bowling looks more settled than KKR, with Lasith Malinga bowling well in depth overs. Their top orders specially Sanath Jayasurya is little concerned for them as he is yet to fire in the tournament. So far the work loads of batting is handled well by Tendulkar but he needs support from others also to win matches for Mumbai Indians.

Team News

Mumbai Indians though they lost their last games against Deccan Chargers they may stick with same XI that played against Deccan Chargers. On the other hand Kolkata Knight Riders already cut down their squad from 54 players to 20 players (11 from India and 9 Foreign Players). So they would like to give a chance to player like W.Shaha, A.Dinda who performed well last season in place of Agarkar (Who looks wayward with bowl in all games he has played so far).

Likely Playing XI for both teams (Match is schedule to begin at 20:00 PM India Time on 27th Of April)

Mumbai Indians: S.Tendulkar (Captain), S.Jayasurya, S.Dhawan, J.P.Duminy, D.Bravo, A.Nayar, H.Singh, Z.Khan, P.Shah(WK), D.Kulkarni, L.Malinga.

Kolkata Knight Riders: C.Gayle, B.McCullum (Captain), L.Shukla, B.Hodge, S.Ganguly, Yashpal Singh, W.Shaha (Wicketkeeper), A.Dinda, I.Sharma, A.Mendis, A.Singh.

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posted by KANISH RANJAN @ 7:55 PM  
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