By CricketCountry Staff
Kolkata: May 5, 2012
Kolkata Knight Riders captain Gautam Gambhir won the toss and elected to bat against Pune Warriors India in their Indian Premier League (IPL) 2012 match at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata.
Sourav Ganguly's Pune Warriors may have lost four matches in a row but they would find themselves at 'home' as loyalties will be split when they face Kolkata Knight Riders in an emotionally-charged up IPL contest on Saturday.
The stakes for the match are high with die-hard Ganguly fans rooting for the contest as a revenge for city's icon after being snubbed by his former franchise following a bitter association for the first three seasons.
From celebrities and experts to commoners, everybody is eagerly waiting to see the former India skipper lead the side from the visitor's dressing room at the Eden Gardens, a venue where he grew up as a cricketer.
But going by the form book, all is not well for Ganguly's soldiers, while the Knight Riders are on the right track to seal the last-four berth, placed comfortably in the second spot of the IPL ladder.
Having lost six of their last seven games with their latest defeat last night to Mumbai Indians, Ganguly and Co are languishing ahead of bottom-placed Deccan Chargers.
KKR: Gautam Gambhir (c), Brendon McCullum (wk), Jacques Kallis, Manoj Tiwary, Yusuf Pathan, Debabrata Das, Rajat Bhatia, Laxmi Shukla, Sunil Narine, Iqbal Abdulla, Marchant de Lange
PWI: Manish Pandey, Sourav Ganguly (c), Michal Clarke, Robin Uthappa (wk), Angelo Mathews Steven Smith, Mithun Manhas, Wayne Parnell, Murali Kartik, Ashok Dinda, Bhuvneshwar Kumar