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Charged up KKR eye win at Eden

Having found the winning touch in their last match, Kolkata Knight Riders would be hoping to maintain the momentum when they host Rajasthan Royals in an Indian Premier League return match on Friday.

The timing could not have been better for the Knights to capitalise as the Royals are coming after a battering at the hands of Mumbai Indians in their last match. With the Knight Riders’ next match also scheduled at home, maintaining the winning momentum will top their agenda.
Whereas Rahul Dravid’s men appear a bit tired with the hectic scheduling, the Knights are fortunate to get a day’s extra break after their win against the Royal Challengers Bangalore on Tuesday.

It took the think-tank a bit of chopping and changing to get to the winning mode after the back-to-back losses against Delhi Daredevils and Rajasthan Royals in season five.
The four changes in the line-up meant that skipper Gautam Gambhir elevated himself to his usual slot, dropping out of form Kiwi opener Brendon McCullum, a move that set the tone in their much-needed maiden victory this season.

Gambhir led the way along with Bisla and Kallis but the others are a concern. Balaji who bowled beautifully was the key for KKR. All-rounder Shakib Al Hasan and Yusuf Pathan is yet to fire and both would be keen to be in the thick of action on the slow Eden Gardens strip.
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