Yuvraj elects to bat against Kolkata
Kings XI Punjab won the toss and decided to bat first against Kolkata Knight Riders in an inconsequential Indian Premier League tie at the Eden Gardens.
Kings XI Punjab would seek to keep up the winning momentum ahead of their tough semi-final outing as they take on Kolkata Knight Riders. Punjab, led by Yuvraj Singh, have already made the cut for the pre-summit round, and are now placed second with 18 points from 12 matches after Rajasthan (18 from 11).
In the batting department, Australian Shaun Marsh, Sri Lankan Kumar Sangakkara and skipper Yuvraj Singh have been the mainstays for the Punjab side.
The Knight Riders, on 11 points from 13 matches, would seek to salvage some pride after a poor performance and their campaign on a positive note.
The dismal showing of Ganguly and the below-par performances of foreign recruits like Brad Hodge, Mohammed Hafeez, and India's Ishant Sharma have also been contributory factors in the Knight Riders' debacle.
Kolkata Knight Riders : S Kaul, AB Agarkar, A Chopra, DB Das, AB Dinda, SC Ganguly, CH Gayle, BJ Hodge, DJ Hussey, Iqbal Abdulla, M Kartik, BB McCullum, BAW Mendis, Mohammad Hafeez, RT Ponting, WP Saha, Salman Butt, I Sharma, Shoaib Akhtar, LR Shukla, T Taibu, Umar Gul.
Kings XI Punjab: Yuvraj Singh, Mahela Jayawardene, Ajitesh Argal, Piyush Chawla, Pankaj Dharmani, Rishi Dhawan, Gagandeep Singh, Karan Goel, James Hopes, Simon Katich, Uday Kaul, Sahil Kukreja, Shaun Marsh, Kyle Mills, Wilkin Mota, Irfan Pathan, Luke Pomersbach, Ramesh Powar, Nitin Saini, Kumar Sangakkara.