Home > News >

CLT20 2012 Preview: Kolkata Knight Riders take on Perth Scorchers in do-or-die clash at Durban

Kolkata Knight Riders

Kolkata Knight Riders have looked totally out of sorts on the bouncy South African pitches © Getty Images

Durban: Oct 16, 2012

 

With their backs to wall, a desperate Kolkata Knight Riders will take on Perth Scorchers in a do-or-die penultimate group league encounter in the Champions League T20 on Wednesday.

 

The IPL champions led by Gautam Gambhir have comprehensively lost their first two games against Delhi Daredevils and qualifiers Auckland Aces and are now in a must-win situation against the Australian side who would also like to notch up their first victory in the tournament.

 

However the job will be easier said than done for the Knights who have looked totally out of sorts on the bouncy South African pitches where there is also some seam movement on offer for the quicks.

 

Having played their first two matches in Johannesburg and Cape Town, the KKR caravan now moves to Kingsmead which has one of the liveliest 22-yards in the history of the game.

 

Save Manoj Tiwary, who scored 33 against Daredevils, almost all the KKR batsmen have struggled against pace and bounce and Kingsmead strip will only compound the worries of Gambhir and Co.

 

Skipper Gambhir’s poor form has also affected the team’s chances and it will be interesting to watch as to how he copes against the pace and movement generated by the likes of Nathan Rimmington, Joe Mennie  and Mitchell Marsh.

 

In the bowling department, Brett Lee is expected to make a comeback in the playing XI while Jacques Kallis, Sunil Narine and Brendon McCullum are certain to retain their places in the line-up.

 

Seamer Lakshmipathy Balaji‘s form is also a big concern for the Knights as he has hardly been effective in the two matches so far. May be his lack of pace, Balaji’s tendency only bowl slower deliveries makes him a tad predictable as batsmen have played him with consumate ease. 

 

For the Scorchers, Herschelle Gibbs will like to come good after a poor first outing. Gibbs on his day can tear apart any bowling line-up in the world and when he is around, any target looks achievable. Mitchell Marsh is another talented player who has the ability to make a lot of difference.

 

The biggest advantage for the majority of the players is the fact that they have played a lot of cricket at the WACA ground in Perth which has conditions similar to that of Kingsmead and therefore it will be one hell of a battle for the Knights in their bid to technically stay afloat in the competition.  (PTI)

 

Teams:

 

Kolkata Knight Riders (Probable): Manvinder Bisla (wk), Gautam Gambhir (c), Brendon McCullum, Jacques Kallis, Yusuf Pathan, Manoj Tiwary, Rajat Bhatia, Shakib Al Hasan, Lakshmipathy Balaji, Sunil Narine, Pradeep Sangwan.

 

Perth Scorchers (Probable)Herschelle Gibbs, Marcus North (c), Luke Ronchi (wk), Mitchell Marsh, Shaun Marsh, Simon Katich, Nathan Rimmington, Joe Mennie, Brad Hogg, Michael Beer, Ben Edmondson.

 

Time: 17.30 local (21.00 IST)

 

Champions League Twenty20 2012 match schedules and group details

World T20 League 2014

Sep 18, 2014 (20:00 IST)   at Mohali

World T20 League 2014

Sep 19, 2014 (20:00 IST)   at Raipur

World T20 League 2014

Sep 20, 2014 (16:00 IST)   at Mohali

World T20 League 2014

Sep 20, 2014 (20:00 IST)   at Mohali

World T20 League 2014

Sep 21, 2014 (16:00 IST)   at Hyderabad

More

World T20 League 2014

Sep 17, 2014  at Hyderabad

Kolkata Knight Riders won by 3 wkts

World T20 League 2014

Sep 16, 2014  at Raipur

Northern Knights won by 6 wkts

World T20 League 2014

Sep 16, 2014  at Raipur

Lahore Lions won by 55 runs

World T20 League 2014

Sep 14, 2014  at Raipur

Mumbai Indians won by 9 wkts

World T20 League 2014

Sep 14, 2014  at Raipur

Northern Knights won by 72 runs

Photos

West Indies vs Bangladesh, 2nd Test at Gros Islet

Videos

Anderson plays golf with Jaguar competition winners

Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) vs Hobart Hurricanes CLT20 2014 Match 2: Hobart Hurricanes’ likely XI

Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) vs Hobart Hurricanes CLT20 2014 Match 2: KXIP’s likely XI

Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) vs Hobart Hurricanes CLT20 2014 Match 2: Key battles

Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) vs Chennai Super Kings (CSK) CLT20 2014 Match 1: Highlights

Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) vs Hobart Hurricanes CLT20 2014 Match 2 Preview: Both teams look to make solid start

Bangladesh vs West Indies Champions League T20 Champions League T20 2014 Chennai Super Kings CLT20 CLT20 2014 Kolkata Knight Riders Lahore Lions Mumbai Indians Northern Knights Pakistan Southern Express West Indies West Indies vs Bangladesh West Indies vs Bangladesh 2014

Pakistan can win ICC World Cup 2015, says Younis Khan

Sanath Jayasuriya calls Ross Emerson’s no-balling Muttiah Muralitharan confession ‘shameful’

Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) vs Hobart Hurricanes Live Scorecard CLT20 2014 2nd Match at Mohali

Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) vs Hobart Hurricanes Live Streaming CLT20 2014 2nd Match at Mohali

Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) vs Hobart Hurricanes Live Cricket Score CLT20 2014, 2nd Match at Mohali

Champions League T20 (CLT20) 2014: Kings XI Punjab’s batting gets the extra punch with Thisara Perera’s inclusion

Michael Clarke’s injury woes affect Australia’s long-term plans

Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) vs Hobart Hurricanes CLT20 2014 Match 2: Hobart Hurricanes’ likely XI

Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) vs Hobart Hurricanes CLT20 2014 Match 2: KXIP’s likely XI

Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) vs Hobart Hurricanes CLT20 2014 Match 2: Key battles

Fan of the Day

Suraj Gowda

Suraj Gowda

636 Posts | 8 Fans

Video highlights: Ander Russell 58 for Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) vs Chennai Super Kings (CSK) CLT20 2014

Live Cricket Score Board & Ball by Ball Commentary of Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) vs Hobart Hurricanes (HBH) Group B Match 21 of Champions League T20 (CLT20) 2014

Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) vs Hobart Hurricanes Live Streaming CLT20 2014 2nd Match at Mohali

Live Cricket Score Kings XI Punjab vs Hobart Hurricanes CLT20 2014:

Your smoking could give your loved ones a heart attack

Sunny Leone to do One Night Stand with Rana Daggubati

Can practising martial arts help you lose weight?

Hansika wants to work with Thala Ajith!

NGOs pursue education for all

Jivi JSP 20 is the cheapest Android smartphone in India priced at Rs 1,999, but should you buy it?

iPhone 6 Parody: The perfect P-Phone for every Patel family!

Also on cricketcountry.com

Play Fantasy Cricket & Win

Cash Daily! Click here