Cuttack, Apr 21: After losing four games in a row, Deccan Charges will look to open their account against a confident third placed Kolkata Knight Riders at the Barabati Stadium, Cuttack on Sunday, April 22.
Kumar Sangakkara led side have so far played against top placed teams such as Delhi Daredevils and Rajasthan Royals but have a great opportunity against an inconsistent Knight Riders who have won three in six games.
No doubt, Knight Riders are the favourites in this tie considering the fact that the Charges have won just two games in eight matches since the inception of IPL in 2008 them.
Charges opener Shikhar Dhawan is the only batsman in the team to surpass three figure run mark with 153 in four matches including a fifty. Skipper Kumar Sangakkara hasn't played an impressive innings. All-rounders JP Duminy and Cameron White have made little impact.
Having lost three games, Gambhir led his team to a comprehensive eight wicket victory over Kings XI Punjab to register their third win in the IPL 5 season.
Charges coach Darren Lehmann blamed his butter-fingered fielders for their previous two losses against Delhi Daredevils and Rajasthan Royals. Though the Hyderabad side posted their highest total of 196 against the Royals, they could restrict Rahul Dravid and Co while Kevin Pietersen single-handedly cruised Daredevils with a incredible maiden ton in IPL.
Knight Riders have a good mix of all-rounders, but have been inconsistent except for the performances of skipper Gautam Gambhir, who has scored two fifties and West Indies spinner Sunil Narine with a five-wicket haul and total of eight dismissals to his name.
The Charges may have to change tactics in all aspects of the game and a bit of luck may help them clinch their first win in this tournament.
Deccan Chargers: Kumar Sangakkara (Captain), Cameron White, Shikhar Dhawan, JP Duminy, Manpreet Gony, Daniel Harris, Parthiv Patel, Dale Steyn, Rusty Theron, Ishank Jaggi, Abhishek Jhunjhunwala, Chris Lynn, Amit Mishra, Tanmay Mishra, Ashish Reddy, Anand Rajan, Ankit Sharma, Tekkami Atchuta Rao, Akash Bhandari, Bharat Chipli, Daniel Christian, Kedar Devdhar, Veer Pratap Singh, Syed Quadri, Dwaraka Ravi Teja, Akshath Reddy, Biplab Samantray, Sneha Kishore, Sunny Sohal, Tanmay Srivastava, TP Sudhindra, Arjun Yadav.
Kolkata Knight Riders: Gautam Gambhir (captain), Jacques Kallis, Manvinder Bisla, Manoj Tiwary, Shakib Al Hasan, Yusuf Pathan, Ryan ten Doeschate, Debabrata Das, Rajat Bhatia, Laxmipathy Balaji, Sunil Narine, Chirag Jani, Iqbal Abdulla, Iresh Saxena, Jaidev Unadkat, Laxmi Ratan Shukla, Pradeep Sangwan, Sanju Samson, Sarabjit Ladda, Mohammad Shami Ahmed, Brendon McCullum, Brett Lee, Eoin Morgan and Marchant de Lange.