Kolkata Knight Riders and Deccan Chargers will face each other in the sixth match of the IPL 2011 at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata. Both the teams lost their opening matches and would be looking for their first points of the tournament. The Knight Riders playing their home game, will be the favorites to win this game but Deccan Chargers too cannot be written off easily.
The Knight Riders, under the captaincy of Gautam Gambhir, are a better
unit and were the favorites to win the match against the Chennai Super Kings.
The game was well under control before some foolish running and false shots done
them in and they lost the by just two runs. The Knight Riders would take heart
from the performances of Jacques Kallis, Manoj Tiwary and Manvinder Bisla
but will be disappointed at the way their trump cards Gambhir, Yusuf Pathan and
Eoin Morgan got out.
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Kolkata Knight Riders Vs Hyderabad Deccan Chargers
Also, Gambhir batting down the order did not do the trick for the Kolkata franchise
and he would be contemplating to getting back to where he belongs. Kolkata Knight Riders may not change their playing eleven but there might be some
shuffling in the batting order. Yusuf Pathan could be asked to move down the order
to fill in the role of the finisher which was missing in the game against the
Deccan Chargers too started their campaign with a loss against the Rajasthan Royals
and kept their tradition of losing their home games alive. Kumar Sangakkara
would not have enjoyed the way his team meekly surrendered in the first match.
Sangakkara himself was out for a third-ball duck and JP Duminy contributed only
14 runs as Deccan managed only 137 runs in their allotted 20 overs.
The only positive Deccan could take from the game is the good performances of
their Indian contingent. Shikar Dhawan (24), Ishank Jaggi (25) and Ravi Teja (28)
chipped in with useful contributions. Bowling-wise, Dale Steyn was once again
the pick of the bowlers with 2/18 from four overs while Ishant Sharma and Amit
Mishra too looked in good touch.
Kolkata Knight Riders have won both their home games against Deccan Chargers that
have been played at the Eden Gardens and will be starting as the favorites once
again. It looks to be seen how Gambhir and Kumar Sangakkara, under pressure to
perform, react to the situation and lead their teams to their first win of the