By CricketCountry Staff
Pune: May 19, 2012
Pune Warriors India (PWI) take on Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in the 70th Indian Premier League (IPL) 2012 match at the Subrata Roy Sahara Stadium in Pune.
Gautam Gambhir's KKR are currently second on the table with 19 points from 15 matches and have been among the most consistent performers in the IPL, having won nine of their 15 league games so far.
The side has a power-packed batting line-up boasting of an in-form Gambhir, the unpredictably explosive Brendon McCullum, the ever-reliable Jacques Kallis and Manoj Tiwary in the top half.
Their bowling attack too looks intimidating with a fine mix of pace and spin. In their last match against Mumbai Indians, mystery spinner Sunil Narine single-handedly won them the game with an outstanding effort of 4/15 in 3.1 overs.
Pace spearhead Brett Lee missed the previous game but is expected to be back even though Laxmipathy Balaji didn't do badly, conceding just 11 runs in his four overs that fetched him a couple of wickets as well.
Pune, on the other hand, are a team in disarray. The second-from-bottom side was handed a sound thrashing by Rajasthan Royals in the previous match.
The team, which is being led by Steve Smith after an out-of-form Sourav Ganguly was 'rested', has been struggling to click as a unit.
KKR : Brendon McCullum(wk), Gautam Gambhir(c), Jacques Kallis, Yusuf Pathan, Shakib Al Hasan, Manoj Tiwary, Debabrata Das, Rajat Bhatia, Lakshmipathy Balaji, Iqbal Abdulla, Sunil Narine
PWI: Jesse Ryder, Robin Uthappa (wk), Michael Clarke, Sourav Ganguly(c), Callum Ferguson, Anustup Majumdar, Harpreet Singh, Wayne Parnell, Ali Murtaza, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ashish Nehra