Injuries and defeats have left Kolkata Knight Riders, the defending champions of the Indian Premier League, at a precarious position going into the latter stages of the competition this season. When they take on Chennai Super Kings at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai on Sunday (April 28), the venue should inspire them enough to put up a fight and turn the tide.
Last year they beat Chennai in Chennai for the first time in the league stages, and then returned to win the title by chasing down 191 runs in a thrilling contest. A lot has changed since then, though.
The six-wicket win against Kings XI Punjab on Friday may have brought an end to Kolkata's three-match losing streak and kept them alive in the tournament but the unavailability of Laxmi Ratan Shukla, for the remainder of the season, and Manoj Tiwary, for at least a week, due to injuries has further thinned down their resources. Jacques Kallis, the Man of the Match in the match against Punjab, has also had fitness issues, leaving the team management in a quandary.