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Knight Riders to clash with Chargers

S. Sabanayakan

KOLKATA: The situation is almost similar for both Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) and Deccan Chargers (DC) as they begin their second leg of the DLF IPL-III at the Eden Gardens here on Thursday. Both will be looking for a quick turnaround after ordinary performances in the last few games.

Three victories and four defeats has been the story of Knight Riders so far. The Sourav Ganguly-led Knight Riders doesn't have a settled look even after the first leg has ended.

Inconsistent

Knight Riders has been inconsistent so far and with the business end of the competition fast approaching, the team would have to make the most of the five home matches and two away games if it has to reach the semifinals.

To achieve that, the team needs to introspect and come up with a winning formula, as suggested by its principal owner Shah Rukh Khan. The unpredictable form of the batsmen and lack of sting in the bowling have contributed to the inconsistent display.

Defending champion Chargers, too, is struggling. The team has managed to win three and lose as many. The Adam Gilchrist-captained side will look to return to winning ways after two consecutive defeats.

Major concern

The failure of the top-order is a major cause for concern for Chargers. “Everyday we cannot expect the middle-order and lower middle-order to fire,'' said Gilchrist. “We are determined not to repeat the mistakes,'' he added.

Chargers is contemplating bringing in V.V.S. Laxman to open with Gilchrist. The classy batsman had a long session at the nets after arriving in the city.

For the record, Knight Riders is leading their head-to-head clashes in India 3-0. Chargers will be aiming to correct that record on Thursday.