Most awaited match in IPL 5 when Pune Warriors led by the prince of Kolkata Sourav Ganguly will be playing on his home ground as a captain of the opposition team at the Eden Gardens, against Kolkata Knight Riders in Match 47 of DLF IPL 2012. A die-hard Ganguly fan existing in Kolkata will absolutely be in a dual mind situation, whether he should support his home team KKR or a Kolkata-based Indian cricketer enjoying for Pune as a captain.
Pune have lost four game in a row, the last by just one run against Mumbai Indians, while chasing a small total of just 121 runs, the top ordered batsmen failed to deliver some fire shots in the beginning as well Sourav Ganguly wasted many deliveries which really made hard for other batsmen to follow to accelerate the run required in the slog over’s. They ended up by losing despite of the brilliant knock from Mithun Manhas. So the batsmen, primarily Robin Uthappa, Jesse Ryder, Michael Clarke and Steven Smith, have to do the bulk of the scoring as Pune’s lower-middle failed to provide the solid starts from last three matches. Their bowling line-up in the last match – consisting of Wayne Parnell, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Murali Kartik, Ashish Nehra and Ashok Dinda – performed very well I think their would be no changes made for today’s match.
However, Kolkata might not have been so effective in some matches but their development has been stable, getting them into the right path. Kolkata skipper, Gautam Gambhir, has proven maturation and led from the top side by being the best run-getter of his team with 365 runs so far. They have a excellent mix of excellent bowlers by means of speedster Brett Lee and Rajat Bhatia, who servings an outstanding length. Sunil Narine and all rounder Iqbal Abdulla, both of them bowled well against Chennai in the last match. But Kolkata’s batting line-up, composed Brendon McCullum, Jacques Kallis and Yusuf Pathan, is yet to fire.
Toss would going to be crucial as Eden has a traditional slow wicket and would certainly starting turning as game progress, team batting first will be having the upper hands on the match. Today Eden garden is going to rock and expected to be jam packed stadium with lots of DADA supporters as well as the home team supporters.
Kolkata Knight Riders: Gautam Gambhir (capt), Brendon McCullum (wk),Jacques Kallis, Manoj Tiwary, Yusuf Pathan, Debabrata Das, Laxmi Ratan Shukla, Rajat Bhatia, Sunil Narine, Brett Lee, Iqbal Abdulla
Pune Warriors India: Sourav Ganguly (capt), Jesse Ryder, Robin Uthappa (wk), Michael Clarke, Steven Smith, Mithun Manhas, Wayne Parnell, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Murali Kartik, Ashish Nehra, Ashok Dinda
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