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Preview: KKR aim to bounce back

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Published: Monday, October 15, 2012, 12:51 [IST]

Preview: KKR aim to bounce back

Cape Town, Oct 15: Indian Premier League (IPL) 5 champions Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) will face Auckland Aces in their second Group A match of Champions League Twenty20 2012 here on Monday night.

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After being handed a heavy defeat by Delhi Daredevils in the opener on Saturday night, KKR will have to regroup quickly and return to winning ways.

The tournament has now moved to Cape Town and this will be the first game at Newlands. This is also first match for Auckland.

KKR were destroyed by DD paceman while chasing 161. Gautam Gambhir-led side were kept to 108/7 in 20 overs with Morne Morkel, Irfan Pathan, Umesh Yadav and Ajit Agarkar sharing those seven scalps between them.

Auckland came through the qualifying stage and will look to upset KKR who look a better team than the New Zealand outfit.

For KKR, Gambhir has to score big at the top of the order. In recent times, the left-hander has not been in great form. He and Manvinder Bisla have to click as openers.

With the experienced Brendon McCullum up against his countrymen, he will know the bowlers. McCullum is also key for KKR's chances.

Sunil Narine will be KKR's biggest weapon as many of Auckland's batsmen might not have faced him.

KKR will start as favourites for this game.

Squads

Kolkata Knight Riders: Gautam Gambhir (captain), Iqbal Abdullah, Shakib Al Hasan, L Balaji, Rajat Bhatia, Manvinder Bisla, Jacques Kallis, Brett Lee, Brendon McCullum, Sunil Narine, Yusuf Pathan, Laxmi Ratan Shukla, Mohammed Shami, Ryan ten Doeschate, Manoj Tiwary

Auckland Aces: Gareth Hopkins (captain), Andre Adams, Michael Bates, Brad Cachopa, Colin de Grandhomme, Martin Guptill, Ronnie Hira, Anaru Kitchen, Mitchell McClenaghan, Azhar Mahmood, Bruce Martin, Chris Martin, Kyle Mills, Colin Munro, Lou Vincent

Umpires: Rod Tucker (Australia) and Kumar Dharmasena (Sri Lanka)

Third umpire: Aleem Dar (Pakistan)

Match Referee: David Boon (Australia)

Match starts at 9PM IST

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