Can DC neuter KKR's edge?

Published: Monday, April 11, 2011, 9:55 [IST]
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Can DC neuter KKR's edge?

Two areas where Kolkata will have to be on their toes is the running between the wickets and countering the spin attacks. As was seen in the match against CSK, the spin trio of the champions' team got the better of the Knighriders while both Yusuf Pathan and Gautam Gambir got out on low scores to atrocious run-outs. The latter especially, being captain, should show a little more maturity and restraint in a situation where victory seems a strong likelihood.

While Kolkata's top order appears to be in good form, especially Jacques Kallis, who seems to have carried over his deft touch from last season with a robust 54, the middle and latter order needs to carry the innings forward rather than just crumble as they did in the match against CSK. Thus, Eoin Morgan, Gambhir, Laxmi Ratan Shukla and Rajat Bhatia are due for some runs and should come to the fore if the situation presents itself in the match against the Chargers.

The Knightriders bowling in the first match seemed quite effective with 4 of the 6 bowlers used going for just a little over 6 runs an over, while Kallis who went for 11.33, took two wickets. The premier spinners in Iqbal Abdulla and Yusuf Pathan, who ensnared a prize wicket each will be expected to lead the charge, while the seamers Balaji and Kallis should back them up with a tight seaming line.

Meanwhile, the Chargers batting will have to show a lot more intent and direction when they take guard for Monday's match. While the openers - Shikar Dhawan and Ishank Jaggi as well as middle-order men Daniel Christian and Ravi Teja made scores in the 20s in the match against the Royals, there was no one whose batting acted like the glue to hold the Chargers' innings together. Meanwhile, the woes at the top of the order were evident with captain Kumar Sangakkara departing for a duck and Bharat Chipli going back for a mere 6. Both these batsman will have to come amongst the runs if the Chargers are to score in excess of 150.

Finally, the bowling appears to be another worry for the Chargers. Dale Steyn was the only bowler to make life difficult for the Rajasthan batsman, taking 2/18 while all the others, including premier spinner Pragyan Ojha, struggled for impact.

In the final analysis, it seems Kolkata have a slight edge over Deccan, but if the latter spinners bowl well, they could exploit the vulnerabilities of the Kolkata batsmen.

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