Sachin Tendulkar

Sachin Tendulkar will be the centre of attraction during the KKR-MI clash © PTI

Kolkata: Apr 24, 2013

The defending champions Kolkata Knight Riders take on the Mumbai Indians in the 33rd match of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2013 tournament on Wednesday at the iconic Eden Gardens.

Both the teams find themselves on the same side of the fence having lost their last two matches respectively. But a cracker of contest is on offer especially given that it would be Mumbai Indians’ veteran Sachin Tendulkar’s 40th birthday.

With the seniormost batsman showing glimpses of his class in his 47-ball 54 against Delhi Daredevils, the boisterous Eden crowd, which has been cheering for the Knight Riders so far, is set for a division of loyalty.

After back-to-back losses to Kings XI Punjab and Chennai Super Kings, Knight Riders’ title defence is in danger as they have slipped to seventh with four points and are struggling to make the top four.

In pursuit of the elusive title, Mumbai Indians (6 points) are no better as they lie sixth after their defeats to Rajasthan Royals and Daredevils. But both the teams are a study in contrast.

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(With inputs from PTI)