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Aiming for the top slots, and nothing less
Jacques Kallis
May 20, 2011
First Published: 23:00 IST(20/5/2011)
Last Updated: 23:03 IST(20/5/2011)
Kolkata Knight Riders captain Gautam Gambhir is greeted by Pune Warriors India captain Yuvraj Singh after Kolkata won the IPL T20 match at D Y Patil stadium in New Mumbai.

I don't want to get into outrageous mathematical possibilities because as far as the KKR are concerned, we will be involved in the knockout stages of the tournament after our win against the Pune Warriors on Thursday.

Having said that, this is not the time to relax because, given the format this year, there's a massive advantage if a team finishes in the top-two, and we have a good chance of doing that by beating the Mumbai Indians in our final game on Sunday.

By finishing in the top-two, you have a double chance of making it to the final. The new system rewards the teams with the best record over the course of the league and makes it harder for those sneaking in third and fourth by making them play a straight knockout and then another match against the loser of the first qualifier.

I've had a few x-rays in my cricketing career and, although you pretty much know whether there is a fracture or not, it's still a relief when it shows up negative. It was a fierce blow, which I took off my own bowling against Pune.  Mumbai will have exactly the same motivation as us on Sunday --- a place in the top-two. The intensity will be that of a final. I cannot wait.

Hawkeye


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