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26 April 2009, 4:38 pm



Match facts

April 27, 2009

Start time 16.45pm (14.45GMT)

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Lasith Malinga has been difficult to score off at the start and death

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Kolkata Knight Riders' previous game, against Rajasthan Royals, went right down to the wire and culminated in a Super Over, the first in IPL history, A win there would have pushed them to third place, ahead of their opponents at St George's Park tomorrow, Mumbai Indians. Kolkata have struggled for consistency, losing their opening game to Deccan Chargers, recovering to beat Kings XI Punjab in a rain-hit match and then losing to Rajasthan. They gained a point when their match against Chennai Super Kings was washed out without a ball being bowled. What they're yet to experience is a comprehensive outright win, without the assistance of Duckworth-Lewis.

Mumbai started the tournament in style, beating runners-up Chennai in the tournament opener but failed to close out their game against Deccan. In between, they gained a point in a washout against Rajasthan. Comparing the two sides, Mumbai look the more formidable unit with better all-round players. Both teams are coming off defeats but on paper, Mumbai start off as favourites.

Form guide

Mumbai: Sachin Tendulkar has led from the front with the bat and Lasith Malinga, with six wickets, has had a very encouraging start to his IPL career after missing the whole of last season due to injury. Malinga engineered Deccan's batting collapse and against Chennai, was rather difficult to put away in the death overs.

Kolkata: Chris Gayle has led the way for Kolkata but the support hasn't been very forthcoming. Brendon McCullum has managed only 25 runs in three games and is yet to replicate his heroics from the last edition. Sourav Ganguly's 46 against Rajasthan all but took them past the finish line so that's an encouraging sign. Consistency in the top order is required for Kolkata to mount a challenge.

Watch out for

Gayle v Mumbai's fast bowlers: Gayle could face a stiff test against Malinga and Zaheer Khan, who are adept of firing the ball on the blockhole. Gayle's batting is based on a stand and deliver approach, where he stays put at the crease, moves his back leg across, gets underneath the bounce to hoick it away. Rajasthan's Yusuf Pathan managed to keep Gayle quiet with the new ball so it may be a bad idea for Mumbai to open the bowling with Harbhajan Singh.

Team news

The added responsibility of captaincy gives McCullum the option of handing the gloves to Wriddhiman Saha, who performed reasonably well with the bat last year after McCullum's departure for national duty. With Sanjay Bangar flying back home, Kolkata will have to make at least one change to their line-up from the previous game.

Kolkata: 1 Chris Gayle, 2 Brendon McCullum (capt/wk), 3 Laxmi Shukla, 4 Brad Hodge, 5 Sourav Ganguly, 6 Yashpal Singh, 7 Wriddhiman Saha, 8 Ajit Agarkar, 9 Ishant Sharma, 10 Ajantha Mendis, 11 Anureet Singh.     

Mumbai's Dhawal Kulkarni got pasted for 18 in an over against Deccan but he may retain his place, on the strength of his performance last year and in the Indian domestic season.

Mumbai: 1 Sanath Jayasuriya, 2 Sachin Tendulkar (capt), 3 Shikhar Dhawan, 4 JP Duminy, 5 Dwayne Bravo, 6 Abhishek Nayar, 7 Harbhajan Singh, 8 Zaheer Khan, 9 Pinal Shah (wk), 10 Dhawal Kulkarni 11 Lasith Malinga.

Head-to-head record

Dwayne Bravo starred in the first encounter between these two sides at the Eden Gardens,

scoring an unbeaten 64 to rescue his team from a troublesome 25 for 3, chasing 138. However, Kolkata cut a very sorry figure in the return match in Mumbai  when they were bowled out for 67, then the lowest team score in the IPL. Sanath Jayasuriya blasted his team home in just 5.3 overs. On that count, Kolkata have a big score to settle.

Kanishkaa Balachandran is a sub-editor at Cricinfo



Source: India news from Cricinfo

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i hope sachin kicks some serious kolkata a$$ tomorrow. ::cheers::
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I wish it is SJ . He is my fantasy trump as well  >:D
Replaced Sachin with YSingh. but would not mind Sachin giving some entertainment. His form recently can be compared to his better playing days. hope I dont jinx him in this one.
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MI win toss .. batting
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Secret weapon - Ghosh for Agarkar ;D
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this is a must win for KKR.

If they lose this one they are doomed....as if they are not now ;D

MI can still bounce back after a loss here but not kolkata.

to keep interest alive in this IPL kolkata need to win today.  :P no personal interest here :P
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this is a must lose for KKR. if they win they will move up to #3. that will be heresy.  ::zzz::
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Looks like Anupreet is hurt after a good effort.  A big moment if he cannot bowl.  Tough luck!!!!
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this is a must lose for KKR. if they win they will move up to #3. that will be heresy.  ::zzz::
LOL  ;D ;D
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Looks like Anupreet is hurt after a good effort.  A big moment if he cannot bowl.  Tough luck!!!!

Big moment or a big disappointment?
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Bad to see Anureet still struggling
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i hope sachin kicks some serious kolkata a$$ tomorrow. ::cheers::

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wow! Ganguly dived ... almost saved!!!

everyone was stunned to see the dive :)
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Huge hit by SJ.  Two sixes in that SG over!!!
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SG frustrated at IS fielding!!! Wonder why... give two 6s next....

SJ ripped SG a new one.
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WOW...What a hit by SRT for Six. :o

Incredible footwork there.
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Tendulkar showing Ganguly who the real daddy is. Gangulians can keep comparing the big three. We only have the Big 2 (Tendulkar and Dravid)!
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Jayasuriya and Tendulkar knocked the wind out of the KKR team.  This game is as good as over to me.  The KKR are a demoralised unit.  I do not see them winning this.

What hits by the two greats. :notworthy: :notworthy:
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My word ...when the Gods dance, it sure is a spectacle!

It is safe to say that Sachin and Sanath are easily the two cricketers who have been symbolic of Indian and Sri Lankan cricket respectively for the last two decades - what a sight to see both of them in full flow.

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250 is on the cards here.
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Is SRK on screen?
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250 is on the cards here.

Nah ..the strategy break generally kills the momentum for Mumbai Indians. Good that they got so much before that.
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Having said that, two teams can make a fist of this target if things go their way at the top - DC (AG + HG) and KKR (BM + CG).
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yeah... but nothing to come after ... other than SG
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yeah... but nothing to come after ... other than SG

Oh it needs a blast at the top. If they also get to c100 at the 10th over then the momentum may allow SG and BH take over. MI is a bowler short in this match - not that Raje and Kulkarni did anything good in the previous matches. I wonder why Nayar does not bowl these days.
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i think the formula that is emerging in this ipl is 2 of your top 4 need to score about 120 combined
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Shukla could have been a good all-rounder for India.
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Woohooo ..what a cameo by Bhajji ....ensures that the momentum stays with us ..pity he got out. Hope to see Jaya carry on right till the end - century on the cards if he does!
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Shukla takes both ST and SJ! :notworthy:
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Shukla gets Jaya ....that is a blow ...could make a difference of 20-30 runs! Hope we play sensibly from here on
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KKR suffering thanks to some poor captaincy by McCullum.
Another one goes! ::cheers::
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MI coming apart... a run out.
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Wonder if they will reach 185 now or not.
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Giving it away now!
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For all the much vaunted support staff...strength-coach and what not, they couldn't restore the fitness of Anureet Singh...
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But even with the relative slow down I do not see depth in this KKR lineup to score againt the "Slinger" Malinga, Zak and HS.  I just cannot see KKR winning this.
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The spirit is absolutely gone from the KKR side........thanks to some poor captaincy and coaching. It is all upto individuals like Shukla, Gayle and Ganguly now.
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A brilliant spell from Shukla..
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A brilliant spell from Shukla..

A very under-rated player.
I wonder, why he doesn't get national call.
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Limited to 187 ......very good rear-guard action by KKR! ::cheers::
187 is do-able!
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