IPL 2013: Kolkata Knight Riders vs Rajasthan Royals – Live IPL Score
Can a team that has lost seven out of its 10 matches win the remaining six?
For Kolkata Knight Riders, it doesn’t matter if the world says ‘no’, for that is the only possibility that peeps out for the defending champions after a disastrous campaign. With their chances of qualifying for the knockout stage hanging by a thread, Gautam Gambhir and his men must believe they can do the ‘impossible’. The must-win run begins at the Eden Gardens on Friday with a match against the Rajasthan Royals.
“I don’t care who the other three teams are as long as we make the playoffs,” said Royals skipper Rahul Dravid when reminded on the sidelines of a promotional event that his team could end KKR’s hopes with a win on Friday.
Ironically, on paper KKR still look the better team with power hitters at the top and an attack that is incisive and has variety. But, then, cricket matches are not won on potential but performances, and that is nicely reflected in the relative standings as Season Six of the world’s richest T20 league hurtles towards its business end.
While KKR languishes near the bottom of the points table, the Royals are well positioned at No.3 with six wins from nine matches. They come here in the afterglow of a victory over second-placed Royal Challengers Bangalore, while KKR get only a day to recover from Wednesday night’s loss in Raipur against fellow-strugglers Delhi Daredevils. Worse, two recent losses here in the last fortnight would have done serious damage to that aura of invincibility the Knights used to carry into the Eden Gardens.
But, then, there is also a lot around KKR that can reinforce belief in themselves as they prepare to fight with their backs to the wall.
The Knights have hardly been outplayed and five of the seven matches they lost could have gone either way.