Ganguly elects to bat against Chargers
The Kolkata Knight Riders won the toss and decided to bat first against the Deccan Chargers during their Indian Premier League match in Hyderabad.
Low on morale and languishing at the bottom of table, Deccan Chargers will have to reverse their losing streak to remain in the reckoning. The Hyderabad side's main worry has been that some big batting stars in the team including Herschelle Gibbs and Shahid Afridi are yet to make their presence felt in the tournament though the Pakistani has taken seven wickets in six matches.
The Sharukh Khan-owned Kolkata Knight Riders, on the other hand, would look to carry on their winning momentum after their impressive victory over Bangalore Royal Challengers in their last match.
The Kolkata team has reliable batsmen in David Hussey, and captain Sourav Ganguly, who also had an inspiring bowling spell in his side's victory over Bangalore Royal Challengers in Kolkata.
The match is expected to be a high-scoring one as the Rajiv Gandhi international stadium traditionally favours the batsmen.
Deccan Chargers: VVS Laxman, Sanjay Bangar, Haldhar Das, H Gibbs, Scott Styris, Adam Gilchrist, D Kalyan Krishna, Pragyan Ojha, D Ravi Teja, PM Sarvesh Kumar, Shahid Afridi, Rohit Sharma, RP Singh, Chamara Silva, Chaminda Vaas, Y Venugopal Rao, P Vijay Kumar, Arjun Yadav, Nuwan Zoysa.
Kolkata Knight Riders: Sourav Ganguly, Aakash Chopra, Ajit Agarkar, Ashok Dinda, Brad Hodge, Brendon McCullum, Cheteshwar Pujara, Chris Gayle, David Hussey, Debabrata Das, Iqbal Abdulla, Ishant Sharma, LR Shukla, Mohammed Hafeez, Murali Kartik, Rohan Banerjee, Salman Butt, Saurashish Lahiri, Siddharth Kaul, Shoaib Akhtar, Tatenda Taibu, Umar Gul, Yashpal Singh, Wriddhiman Prasanta Saha.