Home > News >

IPL 2014: Kolkata Knight Riders hope for Gautam Gambhir’s revival in clash against Rajasthan Royals

Gautam Gambhir has hit a new low in his career with three ducks in four matches © IANS
Gautam Gambhir has hit a new low in his career with three ducks in four matches © IANS

Abu Dhabi: Apr 28, 2014

Hit hard by the woeful form of its captain Gautam Gambhir, Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) would look for a turnaround in their fortunes when they take on Rajasthan Royals (RR) in an Indian Premier League (IPL) 2014 match on Tuesday. Kolkata is struggling in their batting department with Gambhir having been dismissed for a duck thrice in the four matches he has led the team so far. He scored just one in Kolkata’s last match against leaders Kings XI Punjab, which his side lost by 23 runs.

The 2012 edition champions have one of the strongest batting line-ups among the eight IPL teams but none of their batsmen, except Jacques Kallis and Manish Pandey, have been consistent so far. Their batting problem was compounded by the disappointing form of big hitter Yusuf Pathan, who has scored just 17 in the four outings till now.

After a bright start in the tournament with a victory over defending champions Mumbai Indians, Kolkata have been finding it difficult to click as a team. Had it not been the stunning catch by Chris Lynn to dismiss A B de Villiers, Kolkata would have lost their match against Royal Challengers Bangalore on April 24 in Sharjah.

Kolkata though still have time to come back with a bang as it is early days in the tournament and despite their inconsistent form, they are still in the third place in the league table with two wins from four matches.

With the likes of mystery spinner Sunil Narine, highest wicket-taker so far this season with nine scalps to his credit, in fine touch and the bowling department comparatively doing well, Kolkata would be hoping to end the UAE leg of their campaign on a winning note tomorrow.

Just like Kolkata, Rajasthan also began their campaign with a victory but suffered two consecutive losses before winning their last match against Bangalore. They also have same points with Kolkata on four.

Just like Kolkata, the Jaipur-based side have also been facing problems at the top with openers Abhishek Nayar and Ajinkya Rahane failing to give a strong start in the four matches they have played so far.

The win against Bangalore in their last match must have boosted the confidence of Rajasthan, more so with their captain Shane Watson’s return to batting form and picking up a wicket in that match.

Rajasthan’s bowling department, which does not have any big name, has been doing a fine job. Except against the rampaging Kings XI Punjab, the Rajasthan bowlers have restricted their opponents to modest totals and it will be interesting to see when they come up against the likes of Kallis and Gambhir.

Pacer Rajat Bhatia and off-spinner Kane Richardson have been consistent while leg-spinner Pravin Tambe scalped four in Rajasthan’s thrashing of Bangalore in their last match.

Click here for IPL 2014 Schedule: Match time table for IPL 7

Click here for IPL 2014 Schedule & Results

Click here for IPL 2014 complete coverage

Afghanistan tour of Zimbabwe, 2014

Jul 22, 2014 (12:30 IST)   at Bulawayo

South Africa tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Jul 24, 2014 (10:00 IST)   at Colombo

Afghanistan tour of Zimbabwe, 2014

Jul 24, 2014 (12:30 IST)   at Bulawayo

India tour of England 2014

Jul 27, 2014 (15:30 IST)   at Southampton

Pakistan tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Aug 6, 2014 (10:00 IST)   at Galle

More

Afghanistan tour of Zimbabwe, 2014

Jul 20, 2014  at Bulawayo

Zimbabwe won by 8 wkts

Afghanistan tour of Zimbabwe, 2014

Jul 18, 2014  at Bulawayo

Zimbabwe won by 6 wkts

India tour of England 2014

Jul 17, 2014  at London

India won by 95 runs

South Africa tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Jul 16, 2014  at Galle

South Africa won by 153 runs

South Africa tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Jul 12, 2014  at Hambantota

South Africa won by 82 runs

Photos

Gallery: India vs England 2nd Test at Lord's

Videos

Alastair Cook jokes about his bowling

Highlights of India’s historic win against England in 2nd Test at Lord’s

India learnt lessons from loss in 2011 in England: MS Dhoni

India’s win over England in 2nd Test at Lord’s: Twitter reactions

Ishant Sharma pummels England into submission as India clinch Lord’s Test by 95 runs

Ishant Sharma registers name at Lord’s honours board, takes 6 wickets in 2nd Test against England

Bhuvneshwar Kumar England England vs India England vs India 2014 India India tour of England 2014 India vs England India vs England 2014 South Africa South Africa tour of Sri Lanka 2014 Sri Lanka Sri Lanka vs South Africa Sri Lanka vs South Africa 2014 Zimbabwe vs Afghanistan 2014

Afghanistan tour of Zimbabwe 2014: Visitors win toss, elect to field

Live Cricket Score: Zimbabwe vs Afghanistan 3rd ODI at Bulawayo

India vs England 2014 2nd Test stats highlights: Day 5

Shaun Marsh to undergo elbow surgery

Alastair Cook not going to get any better, says Ricky Ponting

India vs England at Lord’s 2014 and Australia vs India at Perth 2007-08 similarities

England set for changes after humiliating defeat against India in 2nd Test at Lord’s

India’s overseas victories where pace bowlers dominated – Part 1 of 2

Stats highlights: India vs England 2nd Test at Lord’s

Matt Prior takes sensible decision by withdrawing himself from England squad

Fan of the Day

Fan Cricket

Fan Cricket

11 Posts | 2 Fans

Brazil vs Netherlands, 3rd place Fifa World Cup 2014 match Video Highlights

How to prevent child sex abuse – tips for parents

Shaun Marsh to undergo elbow surgery

India vs England 2014 2nd Test stats highlights: Day 5

Bangalore rape incident — what to do when the worse has happened?

Sunny Leone to star in Tera Beimaan Love

Assocham asks Defence Ministry to free spectrum for telecom sector

Xiaomi rakes up 100,000 pre-registrations for the Mi 3 in India

Kick music review: Salman Khan rocks in his singer avatar!

Also on cricketcountry.com

Play Fantasy Cricket & Win

Cash Daily! Click here