Punjab, Kolkata in dead tie at Eden

Having secured a semis spot, Kings XI would take on Kolkata Knight Riders who have been knocked out of the tournament.

updated: May 27, 2008 11:05 IST
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Kings XI Punjab would seek to keep up the winning momentum ahead of their tough semi final outing as they take on Kolkata Knight Riders in an inconsequential Indian Premier League tie here on Sunday.

Punjab, led by Yuvraj Singh, have already made the cut for the pre-summit round, and are now placed second with 18 points from 12 matches after Rajasthan (18 from 11).

The visitors have won nine games so far and would definitely strive to collect full points against a side which has not only looked lacklustre but now must also be short of motivation with their semi final hopes evaporating into thin air.

Kings XI Punjab have put up an all-round good show in the tournament, riding on a collective effort by their players.

In the batting department, Australian Shaun Marsh, Sri Lankan Kumar Sangakkara and skipper Yuvraj Singh have been the mainstays for the Punjab side.

Marsh has led the charts for his side amassing 438 runs at a highly impressive strike rate of 135.18, while Yuvraj pitched in with 219 and Sangakkara 203.

The Preity Zinta and Ness Wadia-owned team has looked impressive right through the tournament and would be rank favourites at the Eden Gardens on the morrow.

The tourists also have a strong bowling department, spearheaded by young pacer S Sreesanth who has bagged a rich haul of 16 wickets.

Fellow pacer Irfan Pathan has also served his team well, collecting 13 wickets, while young leg spinner Piyush Chawla earned 12 scalps.