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KKR battle with Warriors for semi-final berth

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Published: Saturday, October 1, 2011, 12:21 [IST]
 
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KKR battle with Warriors for semifinals

Bangalore, Oct 1: Kolkata Knight Riders finally claim victory over Royal Challengers Bangalore beating them by 9-wickets. A win after 3 consecutive defeats has certainly given a boost to all the players, What they needed was a big victory to stay in the competition and that's just what they achieved, a huge victory, but has it come a little too late for the Knight Riders ?

"Absolutely, that was the plan," KKR skipper Gautam Gambhir said when asked if his team was on a bigger mission than just a win. "We knew we had to win big. And once we were at a stage where we could accelerate and set the run rate, we did that," he said soon after the match on Friday, a game in which the skipper scored an unbeaten 55.

It's still down to net run rates and other results, but to stay in the semi-final berth, KKR will need another massive victory against one of the best sides in the tournament; Warriors. Warriors have shown consistency and commitment in the previous 2 games beating RCB and South Australia. The Johan Botha led-team will cement a place in the semi-finals with another win.

Warriors look to be the favourites against KKR, runners up last year, will be more challenging than any other team, but with Gambhir and Kallis back in form, Yusuf Pathan will have less pressure down the batting order. Bowling remains the same with Lee and Kallis bowling up front, experienced L Balaji may return to the squad replacing Jaydev Unadkat, who went for plenty against Royal Challengers.

Nothing can be expected in this format of the game considering stats and forms of players, a few games have gone to the last ball and a few have been complete thrashing, lets wait and watch who makes the semi final berth. KKR will take on Warriors tonight at M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore.

OneIndia Cricket

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