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IPL 2013: KKR and PW to play for pride
Kolkata Knight Riders and Pune Warriors are placed at the bottom half of the IPL 2013 points table with eight and four points respectively. These two teams are set to clash later tonight at Subrata Roy Sahara Stadium, Pune, and will play for pride more than anything else. Even a win in all their remaining matches for KKR might not guarantee them a slot in the playoffs, as they have to depend on other fixtures going their way.

It is a major setback for Kolkata Knight Riders, who won the elusive competition last year. But they could not come up with similar performance this time around with most of their key players such as Gautam Gambhir, Jacques Kallis, Yusuf Pathan, Brett Lee failing to deliver. On the other hand, Pune Warriors, who were unimpressive in the last edition came up with a similar performance in IPL 2013. One is amazed to see both the teams languishing at the bottom half of the table with quality players at their disposal.

For KKR, it is only Sunil Narine who has been the best performer taking 16 wickets so far. In the batting department, Gautam Gambhir and Eoin Morgan, to some extent, have been scoring runs, but lacked consistency, which has led to their downfall. Aaron Finch and Robin Uthappa have been performing well at the top of the order for Pune, but apart from these batsmen, there is nothing much to write home about for the team, which made its debut last year. Yuvraj Singh has been a major failure for Pune, so he is due for a big score. KKR would fear, if the night would belong to Yuvraj, who can change the nature of the game in half an hour with his willow.

To be fair, Pune Warriors might have been an unlucky side with the number of close matches they have lost in IPL 2013. To make matters worse, their bowlers have been hit all around the park, especially in the slog overs, where they have bowled length balls making it easier for the batsmen  to hit. It is in these slog overs, where they have many games.

But both teams would be eager to win their match tonight with a brilliant performance and show that they are a strong team and are capable of good things. Finishing the IPL in a high with a string of victories would be the priority of both the teams at this point of the competition.

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