Kolkata who was consigned a shock defeat at the hands of giant-killers Kochi Tuskers Kerala on Wednesday night, have anyway shown that they are a formidable side with 3 wins from 5 matches, including a memorable 8-wicket rout of the Rajasthan Royals.
But a point of concern for the Knight Riders is assuredly their batting. While it has generally withstood the pace and spin attacks of most of their opponents, its vulnerability was exposed in the match against Kochi where it choked in what appeared like an easy and straight-forward run-chase.
Four of the five batsmen who hit double figures for Kolkata barely crossed 10 while only a responsible Manoj Tiwry kicked on to score a decent 46 off 51. The big guns and a couple of Kolkata's most reliable batsmen in Jacques Kallis and Gautam Gambhir failed miserably with scores of just 6 and 3 respectively.
But the spinners excelled in that match with Shakib Al Hasan and Yusuf Pathan taking 3 wickets each. They will be hoping to complement the general efficacy of their pace bowlers in Brett Lee and Laxmipathy Balaji.
Meanwhile, Bangalore are yet to jell as a unit with the burden of responsibility in the batting department falling on the shoulders of Virat Kohli who has anyway been performing mediocrely compared to his high standards.
Zaheer Khan appears to be the lone figure of strength in Bangalore's attack with his team-mates struggling to get their act together. Hopefully, the inclusion of Chris Gayle will bolster up the all-round output of the team.