PREVIEW: KOLKATA KNIGHT RIDERS V PUNE WARRIORS ON MAY 5, 2012May 5, 2012
Filled with sentimental issues along with loads of excitement, Eden Gardens, Kolkata is ready to experience perhaps one of the most hyped matches of IPL 2012 on May 5, 2012. Kolkata Knight Riders and Pune Warriors India are facing each other today at 4.00 PM IST. Both these teams are the favorite teams for Kolkata supporters. For Pune team, Eden ground is almost like their home ground as nearly 50% of Kolkata crowd is Pune’s supporter.
Kolkata Knight Riders, once headed by Saurav Ganguly will face Saurav heading Pune this time and this is quite tough situation for both the teams. Being at the second position in the tally table, Kolkata is obviously in a favorable position in today’s match. Gautam Gambhir is giving a very good captaincy and among the ten matches played so far, they have got six victories. Captain Gambhir is superb throughout the innings and in their last day’s match against Chennai, his strike rate was 121.15. Kallis and Tiwary have also given a good contribution to the team’s success rate. Yusuf Pathan is yet to set a start to his explosive form in this innings. The bowling squad is doing a great job to bring success for the team.
Both these teams are facing each other for the first time in this IPL and so both are unaware of their trends. Initiated with a number of good innings, Pune is now lagging behind because of their poor performance in the last few matches. Losing four successive matches, Pune is now in the eighth position and is struggling to bounce back in their earlier position. In their last match against Mumbai, they have got back their two important players Ryder and Dinda but unfortunately lost the match for 1 run. However, the return of these two maestro players can turn out as a lucky champ for the team to win the hearts of many Pune supporters present in Kolkata, after all this is Dada’s home ground!
Drenched in emotional waves, Kolkata is experiencing a dual sentiment today. When one group is supporting purple jersey for their home team, another group is in favor of Dada’s blue team as Saurav is the iconic figure of Bengal, especially Kolkata. Moreover, today’s match is more like a match between Saurav and Sharukh rather than between these two teams. So it is to see now which color shines the most at the end of the match.
Probable players of Kolkata Knight Riders: Gautam Gambhir(C), Brendon McCullum(WK), Jacques Kallis, Yusuf Pathan, Laxmi Shukla, Rajat Bhatia, Iqbal Abdulla, Manoj Tiwary, Debabrata Das, Brett Lee, Sunil Narine.
Probable players of Pune Warriors: Sourav Ganguly(C), Robin Uthappa(WK), Michael Clarke, Steven Smith, Wayne Parnell, Murali Kartik, Ashish Nehra, Jesse Ryder, Mithun Manhas, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ashok Dinda.
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