Knight Riders face must-win situation

May 17th, 2008 - 6:14 pm ICT by admin  

A file-photo of Shoaib Akhtar

Kolkata, May 17 (IANS) Kolkata Knight Riders will have to lift their morale after the thrashing they got against Mumbai Indians when they face Chennai Super Kings in a must-win game here Sunday. Knight Riders batsmen, in particular, need to get their act together after being shot out for the lowest score of the tournament. Knight Riders have slipped to sixth position in the points table and all their remaining four games have become important for them.

On thing going in favour of the Knight Riders is that they have won three of their four home games and a packed Eden Gardens will be behind them Sunday.

“We still have four games and we will have to give our best shot to reach the semifinals,” Knight Riders captain Sourav Ganguly said.

The inclusion of Shoaib Akhtar has been a big boost for the team and he has certainly proved his utility in his first IPL appearance against Delhi Daredevils. Shoaib also got rid of Sachin Tendulkar in the last match, but took a bit of pounding from the rampaging Sanath Jayasuriya in the Mumbai match.

Super Kings, on the other hand, also lost their last match against Mumbai Indians. They have 12 points from 10 matches.

Super Kings will take heart from the fact that they had won their home match against Kolkata.

The squads:

Super Kings:

Mahendra Singh Dhoni (captain), Viraj Vilas Kadbe, Palani Amarnath, Manpreet Gony, Srikkanth Anirudha, R Ashwin, Napoleon Einstein, Stephen Fleming, Subramaniam Badrinath, Lakshmipathy Balaji, Matthew Hayden, Michael Hussey, Shadab Jakati, Joginder Sharma, Arun Karthik, Suresh Kumar, Albie Morkel, Abhinav Mukund, Makhaya Ntini, Jacob Oram, Parthiv Patel (wk), Suresh Raina, Muttiah Muralitharan, Vidyut Sivaramakrishnan

Kolkata Knight Riders

Sourav Ganguly (Captain), Aakash Chopra, Ajit Agarkar, Ashok Dinda, Brendon McCullum (wk), David Hussey, Debabrata Das, Iqbal Abdulla, Ishant Sharma, Laxmi Shukla, Mohammad Hafeez, Murali Kartik, Salman Butt, Siddarth Kaul, Shoaib Akhtar, Tatenda Taibu (wk), Umar Gul, Wriddhiman Prasanta Saha.

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