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Kolkata decides to bowl against Rajasthan

Published: Thursday, April 23, 2009, 20:16 [IST]
 
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Knight Riders opts to bowl first

Cape Town:Kolkata Knight Riders captain Brendon McCullum won the toss and elected to bowl against Rajathan Royals at Cape Town.

Defending champions Rajasthan Royals will look for a quick turnaround in their fortunes, while a rejuvenated Kolkata Knight Riders would aim to carry on the winning momentum when the two sides clash in an Indian Premier League match here on Thursday.

Without big stars in their ranks, the Royals have a tough task at hand after the thrashing in their campaign opener and second game against Mumbai Indians being washed out.

Shane Warne's side started its campaign by restricting Bangalore Royal Challengers to just 133 with the legendary spinner leading from the front but that total proved to be a mountain for the Royals as they were bundled out for just 58, the second lowest IPL total.

The Rajasthan youngsters failed to get the measure of another legendary figure in Anil Kumble who throttled them with a five-wicket haul.

In that match, the highest score by any Rajasthan batsman was 11 and they would be itching to leave behind that nightmare by coming good against Knight Riders who have also not done anything exceptional as yet.

Knight Riders, on the other hand, got over their first match disappointment, with a nine-wicket victory over Kings XI Punjab on Tuesday.

Teams:

Kolkata Knight Riders-BB McCullum (c), CH Gayle, BJ Hodge, SC Ganguly, Yashpal Singh, BAW Mendis, LR Shukla, AB Agarkar, I Sharma, M Kartik, AB Dinda

Rajasthan Royals-GC Smith, SA Asnodkar, NK Patel, T Henderson, YK Pathan, AD Mascarenhas, RA Jadeja, SK Warne (c), M Rawat (w), MM Patel, Kamran Khan

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