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IPL 7: KXIP will revel playing at Eden Gardens against KKR, says Sanjay Bangar

Coach believes capacity Kolkata crowd will encourage KXIP do better vs KKR

Kolkata: Up against the Kolkata Knight Riders in their home ground, Kings XI Punjab coach Sanjay Bangar yesterday asserted that a capacity Eden Gardens crowd for today's Indian Premier League qualifier wouldn't be intimidation, rather the atmosphere will spur them to revel.

Sanjay Bangar
Sanjay Bangar 

"We are looking forward to playing before the Eden crowd. Eden Gardens does produce some great cricket because of the crowd and the atmosphere that is created. It's good to have that sort of competition, that sort of challenge for both the teams and I think we will revel in those conditions," Bangar said on the eve of the match.

The two sides have won one game each in their two meetings in the ongoing tourney. Bangar praised the Kolkata outfit for making it to the play-offs but said past records won't have any bearing.

Kings XI Punjab players celebrate their win over Sunrisers Hyderabad recently. Pic/PTI
Kings XI Punjab players celebrate their win over Sunrisers Hyderabad recently. Pic/PTI 

"KKR were not exactly in the position to be No 2 in the points table, but they played some outstanding cricket to be there. All the four teams which have qualified for the play-offs have played some good cricket and deserve to be there.

Bangar was all praise for his young Indian bowlers. "Our young Indian bowlers, who are not really heard off, have come of well and delivered for us, from that perspective we are very pleased with our bowling."

On the consistent performance of his team which has won 11 of the 14 games to be table toppers, Bangar said: "The key is not to look too far ahead and doing things that we are good at and at the same time try and challenge our own limitations."

2
The number of matches won by Kings XI Punjab at Eden Gardens. They lost three

Last match key moments (11-5-2014)
> Virender Sehwag gave Kings XI Punjab a rollicking start with his 50-ball 72. The opener slammed 11 boundaries including a huge six during his innings
> Punjab were placed well at 85-2 in 10 overs, but leg spinner Piyush Chawla removed Glenn Maxwell (14) and the dangerous Sehwag to put brakes on the scoring rate. Apart from Sehwag no one got going, the next highest score was 15 by wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha

Kolkata: Up against the Kolkata Knight Riders in their home ground, Kings XI Punjab coach Sanjay Bangar yesterday asserted that a capacity Eden Gardens crowd for today's Indian Premier League qualifier wouldn't be intimidation, rather the atmosphere will spur them to revel.

"We are looking forward to playing before the Eden crowd. Eden Gardens does produce some great cricket because of the crowd and the atmosphere that is created. It's good to have that sort of competition, that sort of challenge for both the teams and I think we will revel in those conditions," Bangar said on the eve of the match.

The two sides have won one game each in their two meetings in the ongoing tourney. Bangar praised the Kolkata outfit for making it to the play-offs but said past records won't have any bearing.

"KKR were not exactly in the position to be No 2 in the points table, but they played some outstanding cricket to be there. All the four teams which have qualified for the play-offs have played some good cricket and deserve to be there.

Bangar was all praise for his young Indian bowlers. "Our young Indian bowlers, who are not really heard off, have come of well and delivered for us, from that perspective we are very pleased with our bowling."

On the consistent performance of his team which has won 11 of the 14 games to be table toppers, Bangar said: "The key is not to look too far ahead and doing things that we are good at and at the same time try and challenge our own limitations."

2
The number of matches won by Kings XI Punjab at Eden Gardens. They lost three

Last match key moments (11-5-2014)
> Virender Sehwag gave Kings XI Punjab a rollicking start with his 50-ball 72. The opener slammed 11 boundaries including a huge six during his innings
> Punjab were placed well at 85-2 in 10 overs, but leg spinner Piyush Chawla removed Glenn Maxwell (14) and the dangerous Sehwag to put brakes on the scoring rate. Apart from Sehwag no one got going, the next highest score was 15 by wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha
> Chasing a modest target of 150, skipper Gautam Gambhir played the anchor's role with an innings of 63 not out. KKR beat KXIP by nine wickets with two overs to spare

 Chasing a modest target of 150, skipper Gautam Gambhir played the anchor's role with an innings of 63 not out. KKR beat KXIP by nine wickets with two overs to spare

Rain fear looms over first qualifier

With heavy downpour since Sunday and more rains being forecast for today, there's a cloud of uncertainty over IPL's first qualifier.

Both the teams had to skip their match-eve practice as the ground remained under cover. In case of an abandonment the IPL has the provision of a reserve day.

However, it will be advantage KXIP if both the days are washed out as per the rule 21.10 (b), the team with a better run-rate will progress into the final.

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