Royals beware! KKR ambush ahead

Published: Wednesday, May 20, 2009, 11:33 [IST]
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Caution: KKR ambush ahead

Durban: Kolkata Knight Rider's consolation victory against Chennai Super Kings may have lifted some of the gloom in the Kolkata Kniders' camp but it is a disturbing news for the Rajasthan Royals, who face the Brendon McCullum-led side in their must-win match, here on Wednesday.

Royals have bumbled in this season's IPL campaign and are not playing like a champion side.

The absence of some of the last year's key players like Shane Watson have affected Royal's progress this season. Royals could only win six out of their 13 matches with equal number of defeats against their name.

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With 13 points in their kitty, Royals must win against Knight Riders to keep their hopes alive in the tournament.

However, Knight Riders are not disturbed by such permutations and combinations, they would love to play spoilsport and finish their campaign on a high after a disastrous run that saw them lose eight successive matches.

McCullum's return form with the bat is a cause of concern for Warne, who himself is struggling with a hamstring injury.

Rajasthan will depend on Graeme Smith and Yusuf Pathan to put runs on the board.

South Africa"s skipper Smith had an inconsistent tournament so far and would be keen to set things right on Wednesday.

Yusuf is not a grafter. For him to deliver, the team needs to give him a platform from where he can launch his arsenal.

The bowling would once again depend on Warne to pull the strings while Munaf Patel"s performance at the start would also prove crucial.

With the monkey off their backs, a relieved Knight Riders would be looking to put in a final performance that matches their talent.

Sourav Ganguly would like to prove detractors wrong and finish on a high while McCullum and Brad Hodge would hope to maintain last night's tempo.


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