Arun Gopalakrishnan in Mumbai 14 May 2013 - 09:03pm IST
Preview : Match 65 – KKR vs PWI
Can KKR grab the opportunity to keep hopes alive?
The Kolkata Knight Riders take on Pune Warriors India in Match 65 of Pepsi IPL 2013.
Kings XI Punjab’s victory over Royal Challengers Bangalore’s at Bengaluru on Tuesday evening meant KKR are still in with a chance while Pune Warriors India will play for pride and have something to cheer about in what has been a dreadful season.
KKR will certainly be more confident of the two teams in the match, given they defeated the higher-placed RCB in their previous match. PWI meanwhile will hope to put the brakes on their nine-match losing streak. PWI have defeated two of the top teams in the competition – Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals, but they have failed to build on the confidence from those wins and find themselves at the bottom of the table with just those two wins.
Wednesday, May 15, 2013, 4 p.m
JSCA International Cricket Stadium, Ranchi
Among the batsmen who will take the field in this match, the ones to watch out for are, Gautam Gambhir, Robin Uthappa and Yuvraj Singh. Gambhir holds the key to KKR’s fortunes while Robin Uthappa has been PWI’s man-in-form. Yuvraj Singh has been striking the ball well but has not been able to convert starts into big scores, and one can be sure if he gets going he will win the match single-handedly.
Among the bowlers, KKR – with bowlers who take the pace of the ball – have an attack best-suited to the conditions in Ranchi. Sunil Narine picked up four wickets in the previous match against RCB and will be high on confidence. PWI too have a mystery bowler in their line-up; Ajantha Mendis, the original mystery spinner, has had limited opportunities this season and he will be expected to strike big in conditions favourable to spinners.
Kolkata Knight Riders are unbeaten in four matches against the Pune Warriors India. When the two teams met at Pune earlier this season, the visitors posted 152 on the board and then bowled the hosts out for 106 to win by a convincing margin of 46 runs.
Gautam Gambhir holds the record (along with Chris Gayle) for the most 50-plus scores in the IPL – 20. Aaron Finch and Robin Uthappa are the most successful opening pair in Pepsi IPL 2013. The pair has an average of 43.91 from 12 matches this season and have been involved in five 50-plus partnerships.
Both teams will next be seen in action on May 19. Kolkata Knight Riders finish their Pepsi IPL 2013 league campaign with an away fixture against Sunrisers Hyderabad while Pune Warriors India head back home to finish their Pepsi IPL 2013 season with a fixture against the Delhi Daredevils.