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All set for a clash between two resurgent sides

S. Sabanayakan

KOLKATA: What stands out about Wednesday's IPL combatants at the Eden Gardens — Kolkata Knight Riders and Kochi Tuskers Kerala — is their ability to bounce back.

Having lost two opening round games, Tuskers' ability to come back and defeat teams like Mumbai Indians and defending champion Chennai Super Kings speaks volumes of the team's resilience.

Similarly, Knight Riders, having bitten the dust in the opening match of the tournament, recovered tremendously to win three games in a row.

Another significant point that marks the two teams is that both like to chase rather than set targets.

Both have a couple of batsmen who can change the course of a match with their ability alone. If Tuskers' Brendon McCullum and Mahela Jayawardene stand out with their ability to build significant partnerships at the top of the order, the home team has Jacques Kallis and captain Gautam Gambhir to bank on.

The McCullum threat

Knight Riders coach Dav Whatmore was candid in admitting that McCullum could be a factor. “He is a very good player… but we have a plan for him. Certainly we would like to get him out early. He is in a bit of form, isn't he?” he asked.

Whatmore said he felt there was a significant difference between the two teams. “We have more flexibility, a lot more all-rounders who can do very well. The biggest thing is that we have wicketkeepers who can bat at the top,” he pointed out.

Knight Riders will also be wary of its former star Brad Hodge. The Aussie can be a bit of a bother in the middle order for any opposition.

Recent successes have really transformed Tuskers. It was desperation that changed the mindset of the KTK players against a strong Mumbai Indians team and it is the same factor that enabled it to beat Super Kings. If it plays with the same attitude, Knight Riders could be in for a nasty surprise.

Tuskers' Indian players have also played a significant role in the team's resurgence. Wicketkeeper Parthiv Patel and Ravindra Jadeja are the two who have stood out so far. Whatmore singled out Kallis for his contribution as a senior pro. “Jacques's record speaks for itself. He is a wonderful contributor for his country. He is very committed and continues to do well,” Whatmore said.

The coach was all praise for Gambhir. “His leadership skills were proven in the recent one-day series against New Zealand when he captained India. He has tremendous skills. He is a terrific guy and makes quick decisions. And, he is well respected.”

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