Akhtar injury scare for Knight Riders

Published: Tuesday, May 20, 2008, 3:35 [IST]
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Kolkata: Knight Riders spearhead Shoaib Akhtar is a doubtful starter for their must-win IPL tie against Rajasthan Royals on Tuesday as his knee is still under overservation, coach John Buchanan said today.

The Pakistani speedster, who had magical debut 3-0-11-4 that earned him the Man-of-the-Match and his side a victory last week, was visibly in pain when he bowled a two-over spell against Chennai Kings at Eden Garden on Sunday.

However, he completed his two over spell in the washout match yesterday.

Buchanan said, ''We have been keeping a watch on Shoaib Akhtar's knee and will decide only before the scheduled start.'' There was strong opinion that Umar Gul might make it to the playing eleven tonight.

However, KKR captain Sourav Ganguly today said Shoaib Akhtar was fit.

New import Ajanta Mendis, a spinner from Sri Lakna, today bowled in the net practice, which was optional for many KKR players. KKR, faces a crucial match tonight after back-to-back defeat in Mumbai and at Eden Garden, have collected only 10 points from 11 matches and placed in the sixth position in the eight-team competition.


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