Pushed to the bottom half of the table after another defeat, Kolkata Knight Riders would look to bounce back when they take on Chennai Super Kings in the Pepsi IPL on Saturday.
Gautam Gambhir’s men might be ruling the roost at the Eden — two wins out of two — but they would be low on confidence after the manner they lost to Kings XI Punjab on Tuesday.
With four points from five matches, KKR need to get to winning ways as they hit the home stretch. The biggest woe for KKR have been the domestic batsmen’s form, especially the duo of Yusuf Pathan and Manoj Tiwary. Yusuf, who averaged a poor 19.40 (194 runs/17 matches) last season, is continuing his poor form. Talented Tiwary has been a shadow of his past form which is a big blow to the team.
Seniormost player Jacques Kallis might be chipping in with his medium-pace bowling, but his inconsistent run with the bat has added to the workload of Gambhir and Eoin Morgan — the only other batsmen to be in form. It’s high time that Brendon McCullum is brought in, even though his inclusion would tilt the four-foreign players balance in the side.
Hussey back with a bang
Michael Hussey has returned with a bang with his stellar 65 not out from 50 balls that was instrumental in handing CSK an 86-run win against Delhi Daredevils.
All-rounder Ravindra Jadeja would be a vital cog in the CSK’s wheels as they too are struggling with poor forms of Murali Vijay and Suresh Raina. CSK had a surprise hero in young Mohit Sharma when the Haryana quickie, in his second match, splintered through the Daredevils top-order including the wickets of David Warner and Virender Sehwag. Sharma will have the guidance of Albie Morkel while the duo of Ravichandran Ashwin and Jadeja would look after the spin department.PTI