Hyderabad: With both teams in the running to make it to the next stage of the Champions League T20, the final qualifying match between Kolkata Knight Riders and Somerset on Wednesday is bounce to see a few nerves.
But, coming into the game, the two sides involved will have the benefit of knowing the result of the prior match between Ruhunu Eleven and Leicestershire Foxes, depending on which both Kolkata and Somerset could qualify irrespective of who triumph their game.
Kolkata are evidently the superior side to their English counterparts, although they are missing injured skipper Gautam Gambhir. Their performance in 1st game contradicts their strength, however, with the IPL side managing only a narrow two-run triumph over Auckland Aces. Stand-in skipper Jacques Kallis stressed the require to improve after that match and KKR will be hoping the lessons have been learnt swiftly.
On the other hand, Somerset also defeated Auckland in a last-ball thriller in their 1st game, and again it was the bowlers who did the job for the County side. None of the bowlers went for over six-and-a-half runs an over, with only Indian left-arm spinner Murali Kartik going wicket-less.
The possible squad of Somerset: Alex Barrow, Nick Compton, James Hidreth, Arul Suppiah, Peter Trego, Roelof Van der Merve, Steve Snell, Murali Kartik, Alfonso Thomas, Adam Dibble, Steve Kirby.
The possible squad of Kolkata Knight Riders: Jacques Kallis, Rajat Bhatia, Laxmipathy Balaji, Manoj Tiwary, Ryan ten Doeschate, Yusuf Pathan, Iqbal Abdulla, Shakib Al Hasan, Brett Lee, Manvinder Bisla, Brad Haddin, Shami Ahmed, and Jaidev Unadkat.