MATCH PREVIEW: PUNE WARRIORS INDIA Vs KOLKATA KNIGHT RIDERS ON MAY 19, 2012May 19, 2012
After an overwhelming atmosphere of excitement, sentiments and emotional issues, the first match between Pune Warriors India and Kolkata Knight Riders was played in Kolkata on May 5. Today, on May 19, 2012, Subrata Roy Sahara Stadium, Pune will host the second match between these two teams. This match is the second game of the day which will commence at 8.00 PM sharp.
Whether Pune Warriors wins or loses i this match, it will hardly make any difference to the fate of this team in this IPL campaign because an array of defeats for Pune has already knocked this team out of the playoffs. This is just a pre-scheduled match for the team where they will play just for pride. Moreover the name of this team has come up in match fixing issue as one of their players; Mohnish Mishra is involved in this scandal and has been suspended. On the other hand, when there is no prospect for this team in this tournament, some of their foreign players have already set off for their country.
On the other hand, Kolkata Knight Riders has also secured their position in the IPL 2012 semi-finals. So there is no such importance in this match and Gambhir may drop some of his best players for this match because they are concentrating on the semi-final match at the moment. However, one more win in this match can secure their second position or can also give them the table topper rank in the DLF IPL Standings 2012 if Delhi loses their last game against Punjab in the first match of the day.
Although this is the last match for both the teams in this IPL before the playoffs, there is no such hype or tension surrounding this match like the other matches that are going on at this stage of this IPL because the fate of both the teams are already determined. With no such beneficial outcome in the match, Pune ground is still ready to enjoy this match with full enthusiasm as they are eyeing for revenge.
Probable XIs for Pune Warriors India: Saurav Ganguly (C), Manish Pandey, Robin Uthappa (Wk), Anustup Majumdar, Angelo Mathews, Steven Smith, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Alfonso Thomas, Rahul Sharma, Krishnakant Upadhyay, Ashish Nehra.
Probable XIs for Kolkata Knight Riders: Gautam Gambhir (C), Brendon McCullum (Wk), Jacques Kallis, Manoj Tiwary, Yusuf Pathan, Debabrata Das, Laxmi Shukla, Rajat Bhatia, Lakshmipathy Balaji, Iqbal Abdullah, Marchant De Lange
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