PREVIEW: KOLKATA KNIGHT RIDERS V CHENNAI SUPER KINGS ON MAY 14, 2012May 14, 2012
As the playoffs of the fifth session of IPL are nearing, the contest is getting more tough and exciting with every match having its respective importance. The second match on May 14, 2012 is between Kolkata Knight Riders and Chennai Super Kings which will be played at Eden Gardens, Kolkata from 8.00 PM IST. This is a very important match for Chennai to get qualified for the semi-finals whereas Kolkata is looking for this match to get back their table topper position.
After experiencing a disappointing loss against Mumbai Indians in their last match, Kolkata Knight Riders is looking for a victory in this match to seal their position in the playoffs as well as to be back in the table topper position. What is most important for KKR is to boost up their middle order batting. It is the only thing that has been worrying this team throughout this season. In their last match, quick fall of the wickets of four main batsmen- Bisla, Gambhir, McCullum and Kallis has taken a toll on the team’s success. The middle order batsmen, Pathan, Tiwary and Das had again failed to take the responsibility. The Kolkata bowlers have proved to be quite remarkable throughout the innings but on the other night, it was quite difficult for them to interrupt the marvelous partnership between Gibbs and Sharma. So apart from the middle order, the team is quite efficient to get a win tonight because Chennai’s batting is in a wobbling condition throughout the tournament but their bowling is excellent to push their opponent to a corner.
After defeating Delhi Daredevils in their last match, Chennai is in full swing to get another victory tonight to be in a safe side for the playoffs. However, if they fail to bag this win tonight, it will put an end to their IPL 2012 campaign. In their batting side, apart from Hussey, Raina, Vijay and Dhoni, there are not any efficient batsmen to pull up the team score. But for these batsmen, Kolkata bowlers are really a threat because Narine, Shakib and other bowlers are really doing excellently throughout this IPL. So today’s match is mostly a match between Kolkata bowlers and Chennai batsmen. While Kolkata bowlers are in an outstanding form, there is no doubt about the efficiency of Chennai bowlers because throughout the season, Chennai has won most of their matches depending on their superb bowlers.
So when Kolkata is eyeing for a victory to bounce back in their winning stream, Chennai is struggling to sustain in this IPL by bagging a win tonight. When the situation is so tough and breathtaking, the match will obviously turn out to be an impressive one.
Probable Kolkata Knight Riders squad: Gautam Gambhir (c), Jacques Kallis, Brendon McCullum, Manvinder Bisla (wk), Manoj Tiwary, Yusuf Pathan, Shakib Al Hasan, Debabrata Das, Brett Lee, Rajat Bhatia, Sunil Narine.
Probable Chennai Super Kings squad: MS Dhoni (wk/c), Michael Hussey, Murali Vijay, Suresh Raina, Dwayne Bravo, Ravindra Jadeja, Albie Morkel, Ravichandran Ashwin, Shadab Jakati, Srikkanth Anirudha, Ben Hilfenhaus.
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