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Ganguly warms up with an unbeaten 57

Sourav Ganguly showed good pre-tournament form by hammering a brisk half-century in Kolkata Knight Riders' friendly against Gestetnder Diamond Eagles in Bloemfontein on Wednesday.

The former India captain hit an unbeaten 42-ball 57 as KKR cruised to a nine-wicket victory in the practice tie for the upcoming Indian Premier League. Cheteshwar Pujara remained unbeaten on 70 as KKR knocked off the target (152) without breaking a sweat.

Interestingly enough, the KKR team did not have a captain for the Wednesday's match. On Tuesday, the team was led by Laxmi Ratan Shukla in two matches and Shah Rukh Khan's side lost both by 48 runs and eight wickets, respectively.

Ganguly did not play any game on Tuesday. He replaced Aakash Chopra on Wednesday. A KKR spokesperson refused to say why the team did not have a captain for Wednesday's match. In the evening, Ganguly & Co played another match but it was more of a friendly.

Team sources said Brendon McCullum will join the side on Thursday. He is tipped to be one of the four captains that coach John Buchanan is proposing for the side.

When contacted, Buchanan refused to dwell on his captain. Nor was he willing to speak on Sunil Gavaskar's criticism of his handling the team.

"I am making no comment on Sunil Gavaskar. I am also not making further comment on how we will be operating our team," he said adding: "I am extremely appreciative of the opportunity and support that Shah Rukh Khan and his fellow owners have given me with Kolkata Knight Riders from the very outset of our relationship. I could not have asked for better owners."

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Date:Apr 9, 2009
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