By CricketCountry Staff
Kolkata: Apr 28, 2012
A cracker of a contest is on the cards when Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) take on Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in their return leg Indian Premier League (IPL) 2012 fixture at Eden Gardens on Saturday.
The Bangalore outfit might have lost to KKR in the first leg but their campaign was back on track after three wins on the trot and both teams stay equal on league table with nine points from eight matches each at half-way stage of IPL 5.
One man KKR would need to watch out for would be Chris Gayle who has been in ominous form at the top of RCB batting and he would look to blow away the consistent Kolkata attack, something he had done in his last outing at the Eden, smashing a 55-ball 102 not out with seven sixes sent out of the park.
Skipper Daniel Vettori has recovered from a niggle that had forced him to sit out in their rain-marred last match against Chennai Super Kings.
One area of concern for RCB though was that their foreign recruits have been instrumental in the side's wins and their domestic players like Virat Kohli, Saurabh Tiwary, Mayank Agarwal and Mohammad Kaif were yet to hit form.
KKR, on the other hand, are yet to take full advantage of their tailormade home conditions, having won only once from three matches played here with one, the last one against Deccan Chargers, being abandoned due to heavy rains.
KKR: Brendon McCullum(w), Gautam Gambhir(c), Jacques Kallis, Manoj Tiwary, Yusuf Pathan, Debabrata Das, Rajat Bhatia, Laxmi Shukla, Sunil Narine, Brett Lee, Iqbal Abdulla
RCB: Tillakaratne Dilshan, Chris Gayle, Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers(w), Saurabh Tiwary, Mayank Agarwal, Daniel Vettori(c), Zaheer Khan, Vinay Kumar, Harshal Patel, KP Appanna