Kolkata Knight Riders would like to earn a top-two position and make it sure with a resurgent victory. They can count their luck, having got a tattered opponent in Pune Warriors on Saturday.
Having turned the table on Mumbai; a team they have hardly ever beaten before, Kolkata appear clear favorites to make mincemeat of a weather-beaten Pune that don’t seem to have any strategies. They have Uthappa, Ryder, Smith and skipper Ganguly that can each take up the battle violently. However, they are always at a loss to conceive a target they should set.
Kolkata ride heavily on Gambhir, although Kallis has class and Pathan and McCullum have brute force. Their bowling, admittedly not of the highest class, has made merry, courtesy a super-human effort by mystical Narine. His spin will be a job to decode for Ganguly and co.
Pune can count on their bowling to make a match of it. Nehra is hugely experienced in death overs and Karthik has been there for long. Rahul has modeled himself on Kumble and Matthews varies his pace rather well. It might just be an enticing encounter if Pune players decide to put their best foot forward on their own ground. At the moment, Kolkata holds a huge edge.