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Ponting backed to bounce back

Kolkata Knight Riders coach John Buchanan is confident Ricky Ponting will sign off from the Indian Premier League with a good knock.

Ponting has scored only 20 runs in three IPL games, and the match against the Mumbai Indians gives the Australian skipper a final chance to get a decent innings behind his name before he leaves for the West Indies.

Buchanan is backing Ponting as well as Knight Riders skipper Sourav Ganguly to turn their fortunes around against Mumbai.

"I feel for Ricky as he was simply unlucky against Chennai," Buchanan told the Times of India.

"In the two net sessions prior to that game, he was in very good touch. He will definitely make up for the failure in the past three matches with a fine knock on Tuesday.

"That will also help his confidence for the West Indies tour.

"Sourav is in reasonably good touch. It's just that he needs to convert his starts in to a big score. At this level, one good knock can make a world of difference."

Meanwhile, the Mumbai Indians will be without Harbhajan Singh for the match after the spinner was banned for 11 matches for slapping Indian team-mate Shanthakumaran Sreesanth.

Mumbai all-rounder Shaun Pollock believes Harbhajan's suspension is a blow to the team.

"He is an important player with a lot of experience in the subcontinent conditions," the South African told The Telegraph in Kolkata.

"To miss him for the remaining matches is a blow for us. He is one of our most important players."

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