Two consecutive wins have infused Team Punjab with fresh energy and there is a spring in their step ahead of the home clash against Kolkata on Wednesday.
Having beaten Kolkata in their own den, Punjab will enjoy the psychological advantage too. They have a great chance to wipe out past IPL baggage and start afresh.
Skipper Adam Gilchrist, who is yet to get back to his destructive ways, said, “The win against Kolkata gives us a big boost. Here we are playing on home ground. We have the advantage and would like to convert it into a win.” Regarding his personal form, the Australian said: “I’m playing after one year and feeling good. This format suits me and I want to do well here.”
The situation is no different in the Kolkata camp as skipper Gautam Gambhir has already sounded warning bells to his top-order batsmen. The likes of Yusuf Pathan and Jacques Kallis need to step up. This is where the pacy Mohali pitch will add spice to the story.
Punjab have the advantage here with in-form pacers Dimitri Mascarenhas, Harmeet Bansal and Praveen Kumar in the squad. Kolkata, however, rely on spinners, their trump card being Sunil Narine and Shakib Al Hasan.