About the Match
Delighted by Kings XI Punjab’s win over Royal Challengers, Kolkata Knight Riders would be sensing a chance to qualify for the qualifiers. They would now face the Pune Warriors India on 15th May 2013 at Ranchi, their new home ground. Pune Warriors India are already out of the tournament and have no chance to even climb up the ladder. Kolkata Knight Riders only chance to qualify is by winning this and the next game of theirs and that too by a big margin and then wait for other results to fall in their favor. It’s a long road ahead of them, but they’d have to win this game. Ranchi’s pitch does not have much support for batsmen as it is a low and slow wicket. Toss would be crucial and so would be this game for KKR.
Kolkata Knight Riders:
It’s a ‘do or die’ game for Knight Riders and they’d want to make it count. The defending champions posted an emphatic victory over Royal Challengers Bangalore in the last game they played at the same venue. The inclusion of Ryan ten Doeschate has maybe changed the fortunes of the team which is now back to the winning ways. The main batsmen of the team are still struggling for runs, but bowlers are getting their share with wickets and nice and low economy rate. Sunil Narine is leading the purple cap race with 22 wickets in the season so far. Balaji and Senanayake have been impressive with the bowl and Jacques Kallis is more than handy with the ball as well as bat. KKR is a star-studded side and if any of their big guns get going, stopping them would be very hard.
Pune Warriors India:
The lesser we talk about Pune the better. Pune hasn’t shown any fight in the tournament and has clearly looked to be one of the worst sides in the IPL. They have a balanced side on paper, but their team management and think tank could not help their side to get going. The absence of Tamim Iqbal and Michael Clarke haven’t helped them either. Robin Uthappa has scored some runs, but they haven’t come as quickly as he’d have liked. Aaron Finch is the only player to look comfortable at times, but more often than not isn’t supported by the middle order. Bhuvneshwar Kumar is the only bowler who has impressed with his excellent control and nice economy rate. Pune would have to play unlike the way they’ve played so far, if they want to pose any serious threat to mighty KKR.
It has been a long season for Pune Warriors India who has lost nine games on the trot. Kolkata Knight Riders too haven’t been that successful, but they still have a ray of hope to make it to the qualifiers. Can Pune Warriors India bring an end to their losing streak? Pune Warriors India is a good side; it’s just that their batting isn’t clicking. Their bowlers have bowled well except the death overs. It is a crucial game for Kolkata Knight Riders and they have an army of big game players. Pune Warriors India may find Kolkata Knight Riders a little too hot to handle in what could be a decisive game for the latter.
Kolkata Knight Riders, 1.50 @ William Hill