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Knights keen to make amends

Calcutta: It will involve the same teams, but the battle is far from over.

The Kolkata Knight Riders, placed fourth on the standings, will take on the Mumbai Indians, who stand one grid above them, in the eliminator of the IPL on Wednesday. Gautam Gambhir’s team will now have to win their next two matches in Mumbai and Chennai to make the final.

The team reached Mumbai by an afternoon flight, but did not have any practice session.

Having lost the Sunday thriller at the hands of the Mumbai Indians, and thereby the chance to find themselves at the second spot , the Knight Riders will look to avenge their loss.

The Knight Riders captain, after the last league match at the Eden on Sunday, said as much.

“We will be meeting them next for the play-offs and will look to turn it around then…”

The mood in the team remained upbeat. “There’s nothing to feel downcast. In T20, anything can happen. So it’s best to forget the last match and be ready for the next game,” said a member of the support staff.

“It’s a do or die situation... We’ve got to win and the team is confident of pulling it off this time,” he pointed out.

This time the Mumbai-outfit will play hosts, and have the home advantage they would like to exploit.

Gambhir has been consistent as a shrewd strategist and is expected to play his cards accordingly.

Though the captain reposed faith in his bowlers it will be crucial to keep the performance in the last match in mind.

Lakshmipathy Balaji’s disastrous last over against Mumbai is a case in point.

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