Kolkata: Kings XI Punjab's massive win against table toppers Royal Challengers Bangalore on Tuesday night has doubled the stakes of Thursday's Pune Warriors India versus Kolkata Knight Riders tie here at DY Patil Stadium in Nerul. (Watch)
KKR, who had all but sealed a berth in the final four with four wins from five games, are in a tight spot, having to win at least one of their last two games to qualify for next week's play-offs. (Also Read: Pune take on Kolkata)
As was expected, Sourav Ganguly playing against Kolkata remains the focal point. Pune coach Geoff Marsh said that Ganguly was keen to shine against his former team. "He is very excited to do well against his former team. This year when players were sent to other sides at the auction, they made it a point to perform against their respective former sides. I think the same applies in Sourav's case. He is looking forward to the challenge. He's still got a huge passion for the sport, wants to compete. I am hoping we get a good crowd to watch Ganguly vs his former team," he told reporters on Wednesday.