Laxman elects to bat against Knight Riders

Published: Sunday, April 20, 2008, 3:35 [IST]
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Bangalore: Deccan Chargers skipper VVS Laxman won the toss and elected to bat against Kolkata Knight Riders in their first IPL match at Eden Gardens in Kolkata today.

Knight Riders, who won their inaugural match against Bangalore Royal Challengers in Bangalore, are widely considered as clear favourites for Sunday's match.

But, VVS Laxman yesterday told that the Hyderabad side--who look really strong on the paper-- has the antidote for Knights' star batsman Brendon McCullum--who single handedly won the inaugural IPL match for the Kolkata team--and the stylish batsman exuded confidence that Chargers can win the high-voltage match at Eden.

Kolkata chose to retain the same team that thrashed Bangalore Royal Challengers by 140 runs.


Kolkata Knight Riders: SC Ganguly, S Kaul, AB Agarkar, RB Banerjee, A Chopra, DB Das, AB Dinda, CH Gayle, DJ Hussey, Iqbal Abdulla, M Kartik, SS Lahiri, wicketkeeperBB McCullum, Mohammad Hafeez, RT Ponting, CA Pujara, WP Saha, Salman Butt, I Sharma, LR Shukla, wicketkeeperT Taibu, Umar Gul, Yashpal Singh

Deccan Chargers: VVS Laxman, SB Bangar, wicketkeeperH Das, HH Gibbs, wicketkeeperAC Gilchrist, D Kalyankrishna, PP Ojha, DB Ravi Teja, PM Sarvesh Kumar, Shahid Afridi, RG Sharma, LPC Silva, RP Singh, SB Styris, A Symonds, WPUJC Vaas, Y Venugopal Rao, DP Vijaykumar, AS Yadav, DNT Zoysa.


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