Kolkata, April 27: As Royal Challengers Bangalore and Kolkata Knight Riders gear up for their match in IPL 5 at the Eden Gardens on Saturday night, there is rain threat for this Game 38 of the current IPL.
Both teams come into this match having shared points due to wash outs. RCB could not play against Chennai Super Kings in Bangalore while KKR received one point after their game against Deccan Chargers was abandoned at Eden Gardens without a ball bowled.
The local Met department has forecast rain and thundershowers in the next 48 hours. When rain hit Kolkata last time, few hoardings at Eden Gardens collapsed, resulting in injuries to three people.
If rain stays away, fans would definitely have a chance to witness some big shots. Both teams are eager to take their campaign forward after the previous game disappointments.
This is a return-leg match. In Bangalore, KKR had defeated RCB when Lakshmipathy Balaji shone with the ball. On that day, April 10, KKR won by 42 runs at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium.
RCB had three wins in a row before rain halted their winning run. Both RCB and KKR are with nine points from eight matches each.
If rain is a threat for Kolkata fans and their team, then if the showers stay away, the biggest threat for them would be coming in the form of Chris Gayle.
Gayle, a former KKR batsman, is in great form. His six-hitting is the talk of IPL as it was in the last season. He can upset KKR bowlers on Saturday.
Besides Gayle, AB de Villiers is also in devastating form. If these two get going, KKR bowlers are in trouble.
In his last outing at the Eden Gardens in 2011, Gayle had smashed a 55-ball 102 not out with seven sixes. KKR will remember that.
RCB captain Daniel Vettori who had a niggle and stayed out of the previous washed out game, might return. There is a big worry for RCB in Virat Kohli's poor form. He needs to come good soon.
For KKR, their captain Gautam Gambhir and Jacques Kallis are the key. Yusuf Pathan is struggling for runs and he has to hit some runs or he might be axed.
Kolkata Knight Riders: Gautam Gambhir (captain), Brendon McCullum, Manvinder Bisla (wicketkeeper), Jacques Kallis, Yusuf Pathan, Manoj Tiwary, Debabrata Das, Rajat Bhatia, Sunil Narine, Laxmipathy Balaji, Brett Lee, Eoin Morgan, Marchant de Lange, Ryan ten Doeschate, Pradeep Sangwan, Mohammad Shami Ahmed, Jaidev Unadkat, Iqbal Abdulla, Iresh Saxena, Sanju Samson, Sarabjit Singh Ladda, Chirag Jani.
Royal Challengers Bangalore: Daniel Vettori (captain), Tillakaratne Dilshan, Chris Gayle, Mayank Agarwal, Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers (wicketkeeper), Saurabh Tiwary, Andrew McDonald, R Vinay Kumar, Zaheer Khan, Harshal Patel, K P Apanna, Charl Langeveldt, Dirk Nannes, Luke Pomersbach, Rilee Rossouw, Abhimanyu Mithun, Arbar Anjum Kazi, Arun Karthik, Asad Khan Pathan, C M Gautam, Cheteshwar Pujara, Karun Nair, Mohammad Kaif, Raju Bhatkal, Ronit More, Ryan Ninan, S Aravind, S Thiyagrajan, Syed Mohammad and Vijay Zol.
Match starts at 8pm IST
Also playing on Saturday, at 4PM IST, Chennai Super Kings Vs Kings XI Punjab in Chennai